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May 18, 2020 6 min
Hi listeners, in case you haven't heard already, iHeartRadio just released a brand new podcast called Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, where we collected speeches from notable folks all over and asked them to give their best advice, thoughts and words of wisdom to graduating seniors. In this episode, our very own Chuck Bryant reminds graduates to not let this season define them, reminding them the world believes in their ability to craft a better future for themselves. If you'd like to hear the other speeches, including ones from John Legend, Bill & Melinda Gates, Tim Cook, Katie Couric, Ryan Seacrest, Abby Wambach, and more, just search "Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020" in your podcasting app of choice! Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Commencement speeches for the Class oftwo thousand and twenty is a production of IHEART radio class of two thousand and twenty parents faculty rising graduates. Welcome to commencement you made it this year is a little different, a difficult time to graduate, because the traditional graduation day has been put on hold, so we are bringing it to you wherever you are, because this is still your day your moment and now put your hands together. It's time to be inspired this here's commencement speaker the one and only Chuck Bryant Hello Class of two thousand and twenty. I am Charles W chuckbryant from the stuff you should know podcast over the past twelve years, I've had the privilege to do a show that has meant quite a bit to a lot of high school and college students.

We have heard great things over that time from students who were smart and curious funny and opinionated the real seekers in life, and it's my honor to bring them and all of you. This message here for your fake commencement class of two thousand and twenty I'm sorry.

You worked really hard for twelve years and then may be four more years in college, and you were supposed to finish out your senior year with Prom graduation senior skip day and more than anything walking out of your school, knowing that it was for the very last time, but you aren't getting that privilege that you earned and that really sucks I like to sugar coat it, but that's the gods, honest truth.

Now, with that out of the way, let me tell you why one day you're going to look back on all of this time and actually smile, because you will, you will for ever be known as the quarantine class capital, Q, capital, Cea Trade Mark Charles W Briandt.

You will go down as the most cheated group of seniors in high school and college history and that's something you should embrace, because all of this will only make you stronger more resilient and more prepared for the inevitable future disappointments. You will all suffer over and over again in life.

You might think I'm kidding, and I kind of am because see I use humor to help deflect my own pain and we're all feeling that pain right now you see, I have a niece in the quarantine class and I have some close friends with kids in the quarantine class and I have an almost five year old daughter who was part of the quarantine class of her preschool.

She will never set foot again inside this little hippy dippy school, where she made her very first friends, andshe woill likely not see many of them ever again.

I have seen through my daughter and my niece and my friend's first hand the pain and disappointment of what this dumb situation is caused, but back to the humor part right, because I am kidding in a way that life is a series of disappointments and you'll be better prepared because of this. But life really is a series of disappointments and also a series of sweet victories and wonderful friendships and bitter betrayals, its true love and utter heartbreak.

It's exciting and boring as hell its exhilarating and mundane.

Your future will be filled with all that's amazing and terrible.

The whole point of life is to experience the full range of emotions and experiences.

You'd be short changed if everything was awesome, because sadness and pain ar valuable.

Some of the best art in history came from sadness and pain.

Most of it. Actually, you know those songs about somebody, who's really happy all the time there are very few and they suck.

So what I'm getting at is that you have an opportunity to use this experience and use this time, one, unlike any other in human history, to your best advantage.

The world we live in has by and large, simply stopped for a moment, not your neighborhood or your city or state, or even your country.

The entire world, we're all at home, were all granted so much time with our families and love ones and, more importantly, with ourselves, will you miss graduation? Yes?

Does that suck again? Yes, but you know what I honestly barely remember anything about my graduation and I didn't even drink back then, but I know I'll remember these days and weeks and these months more clearly than any other time in my life.

Now is the time to think about what you're going to do to make the world a better one.

We shouldn't go back to normal because normal wasn't the best for the world.

We can do better, we can slow down, we can be kinder to the earth and to each other.

We can share things and use less.

We can forge a brighter path, but you see there's a catch, quarantine, class trade mark.

It's got to come from you guys.

We can't do it.

We've showed that we can't do it.

Old People are the worst at making real change people. My Age aren't so great at it either. But you know what you guys are the best, your spirit, your ingenuity, your passion.

This is what we need if we're going to use this time to reboot humanity, because we need to it's a big job, but we have a little head start here and we have all of you behind US pushing this huge barge in the right direction, just a few short inches at a time so that it all ends up in a very different place years from now so enclosing.

Yes, the country is all super sad for the quarantine class.

You have all been cheated and it really does suck, but it won't define you I've heard from enough of you over the years to know that that's true one day you look back on this time and that what one hundred per cent be up to you.

What that memory looks like, I believe in you and the world, believes in you, congratulations and all you've achieved and all that you will achieve now go out there and crush it.

You can find a flection of incredible commincement addresses from all your favorite speakers at the commescement podcast on iHeartRadio or wherever you listen to podcast

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