It was a beautiful summer evening and the perfect night to celebrate (with appropriate social distancing in place) University School of Milwaukee’s Class of 2020 graduates. In her last Commencement address as head of school before her retirement, Laura Fuller encouraged the graduates to approach others with empathy and compassion, and to make charitable assumptions. “I believe we can all agree that a crucial measure of success in our lives is how we treat each other on a daily basis,” she said. Watch a full video of the ceremony here.
University School was given special permission by the Village of River Hills and the North Shore Health Department to hold the outdoor ceremony, where guests wore masks and maintained social distancing.
In addition to Fuller, graduates heard from Rahul Mullick ’20, valedictorian, and alumnus Lafayette Crump ’91, who gave the Commencement address. Members of the graduating class, according to Crump, are privileged to have attended USM—although they may not realize it yet. “It can be hard to recognize privilege and fortune when you’re living it,” he said. “They’re sometimes apparent only in retrospect or in comparison to their opposite. So I want to talk to you about privilege and using it. That’s right—use that privilege.” Crump encouraged graduates to use the privilege that they have—whether in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, education, or others—to improve quality of life for those with less.
As the sun set and the last student crossed the stage to receive his diploma, the sky lit up with a special fireworks celebration to honor the 103 graduates of the USM Class of 2020.