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Dr. Virginia Hardy serves as East Carolina University's Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.

Congratulations Class of 2020!

While many of you may think of graduation in terms of an ending, it truly marks a beginning. A beginning for which you’ve been preparing for the last four or more years. Graduation is but a milestone marking the completion of one leg of your journey. The next stage allows you to now put into effect all that you’ve learned.

When I think of graduation, I’m reminded of lyrics to a song from the 1965 American musical drama, The Sound of Music. Yes, that was a long time ago, but the message is still relevant.

Climb every mountain,

Search high and low,

Follow every byway,

Every path you know.

Climb every mountain,

Ford every stream,

Follow every rainbow,

Till you find your dream.

A dream that will need

All the love you can give,

Every day of your life

For as long as you live.

As you climb those mountains, be sure to pause to survey all that is before you to assure you select the best path for you. When you’ve reached your dream, once again pause to examine from whence you came to appreciate the journey. No matter the path or how long and far the journey, you are a Pirate. Loyal and Bold. Forever true to the Purple and Gold. May your voyage lead you back to your alma mater filled with treasures to share.

We’re celebrating you today! Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for the next part of the journey.

Virginia D. Hardy, PhD

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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