The 2021 graduating class was made up of the youngest survivors of the school shooting.
- Hello, everyone. I know you've heard from a lot of folks today, but I wanted to add my congratulations to the graduates to the entire Marjory Stoneman Douglas family. Three years ago, your lives and the lives of this community changed in an instant.
In this class, lost a piece of its soul. You've been tested in ways no young person should ever have to face. From a freshman year, a year of unspeakable loss to a junior and senior year upended by a pandemic.
But the story of this class in the Parklawn Community isn't just a story of paint. It's a story of resilience. Turning pain to purpose, darkness to light. This is the legacy you're building. The legacy you'll continue to build. No graduation class gets to choose the world in which they graduate. But every once in a while, every few generations, young people come along at a point in history with a chance to make real change.
World has already seen just how capable you are, how strong you are, how resilient you are. There's no question. You're already changing the world. 10 should be with you today are changing the world alongside you as well.
Presumptuous of me to say that and I'm so proud of each and every one of you. Because of you, I've never been more optimistic about our future than today. Graduates, congratulations. Congratulations. God bless you and your entire Marjory Stoneman Douglas community.