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Thursday June 20th 2024

Unique Diploma Framed by Resilience

To the Augsburg Fairview Academy Class of 2020:

Your teachers, support staff, and I want to take a moment to say, “CONGRATULATIONS!”  You each hold a very special place in our heart and in the fabric of our school community.  You are the first AFA graduating class unable to finish classes face-to-face, attend Senior Prom, and participate in the 2020 Commencement ceremony as we had planned.  COVID-19 took these milestone moments away from you.  However, you are also the first AFA graduating class to accept the challenge of distance learning, you continued to push forward with determination, and you have proven you are resilient.  You exemplify the Circle of Courage and the principles of belonging, independence, mastery, and generosity.

You will never forget about the way your high school career ended.  It did not end with the pomp and circumstance you dreamed of, but you are finishing high school with a diploma you earned in a completely unique way.  Remember this moment in time.  Remember how determined and resilient you are on challenging days ahead.  Remember you have the skills and grit needed to accomplish your goals.  

At AFA, we will always remember you, the Class of 2020.  You have forever made an imprint on our hearts and minds.

With love and pride,

Heidi E. Anderson

Executive Director

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