May 27, 2020
Asian American Studies, Class of 2020, Congratulations!
On behalf of the Department that loves and cares about you so much, I extend my deepest congratulations and best wishes to each and every one of you and to your families. I am extremely proud of all of you! I wish we could be together in-person to honor your accomplishments and to give you the send off you deserve. However, this virtual graduation is a sign of our times. And we hope you know that the faculty and students on the graduation committee worked so hard to let you know how proud we are of you and how much you mean to our department! You are the graduating class of 2020 on the 30th anniversary of our department -- a department born out of struggle, of love, of strategy and of dedication by students, faculty, administrators, and community supporters! 2020 graduates, you are part of that important legacy of struggle, of love, of strategy and of commitment!
2020 Graduates, you have all made an indelible mark on your professors, your peers, and the CSUN community at large. We can't wait to see how you will go and help make the world a better place --to be there for our APA communities so in need of your expertise and your skills! We hope that having majored, double-majored and minored in Asian American Studies, you have nurtured the consciousness and gained the tools necessary to impact change and uplift our communities. The world needs your great minds, your passion, and your dedication to social justice!
Please remember, CSUN's AAS Department is your *forever home*. You can come back anytime. Maybe, some of you will return as professors, staff members, research assistants, distinguished lectures, donors, etc. OR you will come back just to say "hello!" We will welcome you with open arms and hearts, always!
Grace Lee Boggs has written,
“History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past. How we tell these stories - triumphantly or self-critically, metaphysically or dialectically - has a lot to do with whether we cut short or advance our evolution as human beings.”
We know each of you take your hard-earned BA diploma and your passion and take this troubled world we live in and shine your bright light on it! Keep telling our stories, 2020 AAS graduates, in all of your endeavors!