For our seniors, this is the time they have been waiting for since the first day they set foot on our campus. This is the day they have been spend­ing years and countless hours study­ing so hard for. Their dedication to attaining a degree and their relentless pursuit of knowledge deserves our utmost respect and admiration. They chose to go here not just because of the pride that comes with being a Husky, but because of the faculty, stu­dents, and community members that make the UWT an outstanding school.

As a freshman, I am grateful for the seniors I have met through my classes and the ones that I have met through working here at The Ledger. I am grateful that I have been able to learn with them and learn from them. What makes the UWT different from any other college in our area is that this is a non-traditional campus where you’re never too old to learn. I know several seniors who are much older than 22. Your age doesn’t have to be a reason to isolate yourself from oth­ers, to distance yourself from campus events, or to inhibit yourself from pursuing an education.

Many of our seniors managed to work full-time jobs in addition to be­ing a full-time student. Countless others have somehow managed to raise a family while attaining their degree. And so when we recognize these students on graduation day, we should not only appreciate their aca­demic accomplishments, but also the hardships they’ve have had to over­come in order to make it this far.

I asked some of our seniors why they chose to pursue such an arduous path laced with obstacles. Their re­sponse was that hardship is required for accomplishment, challenge is re­quired for learning, and learning is required for success.

This year’s seniors have inspired me to become a better student by tak­ing my education more seriously. They are the people who have inspired me with their display of grit. They are the people who have proven that dedica­tion and hard work pay off.

In just a few days, we will say our final goodbyes and wish them the best of luck on their new journeys. There are no words to describe how proud I am of each and every one of our seniors.

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