Emmanuel College Alumni Write to the Class of 2020

Jane Candito Corr and Joanne Quinn Moffatt, alums of Emmanuel College’s class of 1970, wrote a letter to the class of 2020 to share some unique perspective on graduating from college during a difficult time in history.

The alums offer condolences and empathized with the graduating seniors, as their own senior year was also cut short by unexpected and trying circumstances. During their senior year, widespread antiwar protests led to Emmanuel—along with colleges and universities around the country—cancelling their commencement ceremonies.  Jane Corr, Emmanuel’s senior class president, accepted the diplomas on behalf of all her classmates.

As the class of 1970 marked the 50th anniversary of their graduation, they were invited back to Emmanuel to receive their diplomas alongside the class of 2020.Once again, unforeseen circumstances interfered. Corr and Moffatt can attest to the emotions the graduating seniors must be feeling, because they too once felt the same. They hope that, despite everything, the class of 2020 will feel more connected through these uncertain times.

“I’m super hopeful,’’ said Giuliana Sannella, a graduating senior at Emmanuel. “I have no doubt that, as a class — as a society — we’re going to come out of this stronger. Aside from the economy and the businesses, the ultimate essential is having heart.”

The New England Council extends gratitude to the class of 1970 for their wise words and condolences. Read more in the Boston Globe.

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