Messages to the Graduates
“CONGRATULATIONS BELOITERS!!! Time to show the world who is boss!! Make us proud out there!”
– Liz Weidling’00
“Congratulations, Class of 2020! Here’s wishing you all the very best.”
– Jane Wilson’81
“I did not have the pleasure of teaching you. But I want you to know this: for 46 years I told Beloit students that they did not know how good they were. They would find that out when they got into the world of work and into the world itself and could compare themselves to the people there from other colleges, everywhere. They never believed me. But they would call or write me a year or two after commencement to tell me, in all humility, that they were very surprised to learn I had been right. So it will be with all of you. My best wishes to you.”
– Jerry Gustafson’63
Professor of Economics, Emeritus, ’13
“Bravo, you made it. Let your journey continue. Here we were in Aldrich Hall in 1965 and then at our Golden Hoods Ceremony in 2017. We still look forward to seeing the campus, the Power House Project and long time friends.”
– Marty and Debby Weyland Haugh’67
“My step daughter Mikino Kumagai is part of the class of 2020. I am so proud of all she accomplished first of all to even get to Beloit. She moved to Maui in 2008 from Japan not speaking a word of english. She adapted quickly to a new culture and language and of course graduated from Lahainaluna high school and was accepted to my alma mater, Beloit College. I am class of 1992. She played on the women’s soccer team, did a semester abroad and now is graduating this Sunday. Like all of the graduates and their families we’re sad that we couldn’t all be together to celebrate their accomplishments but I am so happy for the experiences and relationships she created at Beloit College.
“I want to wish good luck to Mikino and all of the graduates, now who will be fellow alumni, and know they will do great things in the world.”
– Brian Cox’92
“Congratulations to you all. You made it through four years including the most difficult semester ever. You can be proud!”
– Charlie Pye’74
“Dear Beloit Seniors – Congratulations on your graduation! Beloit fueled my focus on social justice and gave me the skills to hold police and politicians accountable. I stand ready to help any of you who wish to fight income inequality, racism, overincarceration, discrimination and other evils. We need your help. Peace to all of you and stay healthy!”
– Alphonse A. Gerhardstein’73
“My heart-felt congratulations to each of you as you reach this milestone in your life! Many of you are the first in your family to graduate from college. What an accomplishment!
“A ton of learning, relationships and experience have been packed into these past four years or so. Not all of it pleasant, not all of it true. I encourage you to embrace the best in all of it: Use what you’ve learned as a stepping-stone; treasure your friendships; Allow your experiences to write good things on your hearts.”
– Susan Jones’73
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the members of the class of 2020 upon their graduation from Beloit College. These are challenging times but I think a Beloit College education provides the assets and flexibility to provide leadership to meet the challenges of life’s journey.”
– Ben Galloway M.D.
“Congrats to Will Mertens on his accomplishments. We have been nothing but thrilled with the opportunities provided to him by Beloit College. Moreover, we have been so proud of Will’s ability to take risks and embrace these opportunities/challenges.
“In addition: Will has met the best people at Beloit. We love his friends and welcome them anytime to our home in Colorado. Congrats Everyone!!!”
We love you Mom, Dad and Brooke
“With the graduation of our son Michael Lafayette, we close a chapter on the joys of being part of a community of families and kids who love to play football. Michael was nine years old when out of the blue he said he wanted to play football. We signed him up for the local community football program and thirteen years later we are closing this chapter of our lives. It has been a great honor to be able to be part of the Beloit College Football Family and we wish all the current and former players the best.”
Best wishes from the Lafayette family
Congratulations Kyle Gravit! We are so proud of you. You have done amazing things over your four years at Beloit and we can’t wait to see what you will do next.
– Mom & Dad
“On behalf of my brother, Toby Sundheimer. Beloit College 2020 graduate.
“Toby - You’ve come so far in such a remarkably short amount of time! I remember us growing up and thinking how big the world looked, and difficult it seemed to access anything outside our tiny East coast town. But in the last four years you moved to the Midwest, you spent a semester Down Under, and you created a sense of community a thousand miles away from me, Mom and Dad. Academically, you have excelled, and found a subject that not only interests you, but one that you are good at.
“I know this is not the graduation you envisioned. But we often get curve balls thrown our way, and you have learned to adapt to adversity - one of the many things I admire about you.
I am so proud of you, 2020 graduate! Excited to witness all the amazing things you’ll do with the foundation you created at Beloit!”
Forever your sister, always your friend
“A HUGE shout-out to the Graduating Class of 2020 Beloit!
“You have shown your resilience and ability to adapt to fast moving changes and shine in spite of it all. You are uniquely qualified to move forward with your lives having faced and forged onward thru the Coronavirus Pandemic - no other class has had such vast upheaval in their midst. YOU alone have shown future Beloiters and the world that it CAN be done, with will, grit and even glitchy technology.
“We are so incredibly awed by you and inspired by your character, strength and willingness to succeed despite all odds.
“To YOU we say ‘Turtles all the way down!’
“You deserve every accolade coming your way. You will be a CLASS to be remembered!”
With sincere wishes for a bright future for each of you,
“Know that you are survivors and have much to be proud of. You have survived the food at Commons, the frigid winters of the Midwest, and the 2020 Pandemic. You have learned how to communicate, cooperate, and share experiences with people different from yourself.
“Each step of your education has moved you from a small population in grade school, to a different and more diverse one in high school, and even more different and diverse populations in college. Perhaps you have spent a semester outside of our country, and have come to understand and accept other cultures, and know we are not the center of the universe. You’ve met people who are similar to you in some respects, and totally different in others.
“Your time at Beloit has given you the tools to think for yourself, to question what you see and hear, not only from the news media, but from other people. You have been making your own decisions for four years, not blindly following others, but thinking, reasoning and taking responsibility for your decisions. You know how to dig for the truth, be it in an Indian burial mound, or the topic of your choice. You can also appreciate the differences in cultures, people, beliefs, and the arts.
“The students of the classes of the 60’s and 70’s (yes, the Boomers) are in the process of passing the baton to the generations who have come after us. We can’t believe that we are now the people, who in 1975, we viewed as the ones who screwed up the world.
“If you have never heard the phrase “Don’t trust anyone over 30”, ask your parents. Our generation grew up in an era of one war after the other. We felt confident we could overcome, or at least make a dent in racial and social inequity. When we got the power, when we were adults, we were going to do things differently. Now it is your turn to make the world a better place. It is not going to be easy, just like the last four years haven’t been easy. However you now have the tools, or know how to acquire the tools for not only your own survival, but to help make a change in the world.
“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, it is the only way to gain wisdom and knowledge. There really is not much difference between your brain and the brain of a 65 year old except the later has life experience, and has learned through trial and error.
“As a Beloiter, you have had exposure to many experiences. Your liberal arts education helps you evaluate and appreciate the world for what it is: complex, diverse, and not perfect. No one is totally prepared to enter “the real world”, and I am confident that as a Beloiter you will find your way, make your way, and bring with you the strength you have learned and earned during your time at Beloit.”
Live long and prosper,