Messages to the Class of 2020

Class of 2020,
We asked our alumni, parents, faculty, and staff to share their excitement and offer some wisdom: below you'll see that hundreds answered the call. Welcome to the Lehigh alumni community!

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congrats Jordan Grune! So proud of you! Love your sister Alexandra!

Alexandra G

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Austin Henning, We are so proud of you and all you've accomplished!! Love, Auntie, Uncle Greg, Adi and Henry

Emily M

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Just want to Congratulate the Class of 2020!! And a Special Shout Out to Davis Maxie!! We're so proud of you Papi!! Devin and I Love You!!

Jessenia S

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations to Gavrielle, the Pi Phi Ladies and the entire Class of 2020! We are so proud of you! Your tenacity and sound resolve enabled you to persevere in the most challenging of times. You conquered South Mountain and now, we can't wait to see what you will do next!

Andrea and Doug H

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations to our niece Rebecca Markunas! We are very proud of you and wish you the best of luck! Love — Uncle Thomas and Aunt Mary

Thomas & Mary M

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations on your accomplishments as you graduate from Lehigh. May you cherish the learning, friendships and memories made and continue to reach for the stars. Special best wishes to Lehigh Football, O-Line and #71! Go Lehigh.

Denise R

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Way to go, Davis! So proud of all your accomplishments! I know you are ready to take on the world & do great things!

Mickey H

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Davis & 2020 Graduates, Now that your bags of knowledge are packed; Go and Seek-out your passions and NEVER be satisfied that you've found them all. Love, Dad & Mom Maxie

Chris & Charita M

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congrats Davis! So happy for you!

Andy F

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Lauren Busardo So proud of you today -good luck in your future endeavors - the best is yet to come! Love Aunt Susie and Sydney

Susan B

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

We are so proud of you Matt!!!!!

Bonnie R

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Davis Maxie, We are so very proud of you! Congratulations!! We love you! The Van Emburg family

Dana Van E

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations Davis! I hope you enjoyed every minute of it! Keep these memories close, they mean even more as time goes on. Most importantly, don't be afraid of what's coming next. Between you and God, I know whatever it is will blow us all away! Congrats again Kid! Love you!

Clarke M

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations Austin Henning! We are so proud of you! Love, Grandma and Grandpa

Just B

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

No pandemic can diminish the fact of your hard work and accomplishment or the lifelong friendships you’ve made.

Katie W

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations all! Especially Micah G-L and all of his friends!!

Jeffrey L

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

To Liam Hanna and his class of 2020 - you made it through this last semester of unexpected change, now go tackle the world with your dreams, hard work, intelligence, kindness and passion! I am beyond proud of you! Love, Aunt Christine

Christine P

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations!!! You've finally made it!!

John O

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Justin Wagner, we are so proud of you. You have worked hard for 4 years, and pushed through this difficult time in the end with maturity and grace. Congratulations! You did it. We love you. Mom, Dad, Evan, Addie and Gram, Papou, Auntie and Grandpa too!!

The best advice I've ever received:

"It's not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff." Fred Rogers

Melina J

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratualtions class of 2020! The world you are entering needs your fresh minds and skillsets to address challenges of our present & the concerns of our future. Hone your message about your fortitude coming out of this pandemic and create a new, stronger world under your leadership. We need you!

The best advice I've ever received:

"The only thing one can not do, is what one does not want to do". -Samuel Douglass Dobson, Jr. It only takes one person,vision, company, etc.to accomplish greatness. That begins with YOU first, always.

Devin D

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Dear Kyra,I am truly proud of you and your accomplishments. God bless you and keep you. Love you Grandma Mom Hunter.

The best advice I've ever received:

A quote from your grandfather Chris, get a good education and continue to love God . He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Linda H

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations, Davis Maxie! The best is yet to come!!

The best advice I've ever received:

Always ask for what you want. The worst response you can get is “no.” (And you may be surprised how often the answer is “yes.”)

Leah & Champ G

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations Jake Schinto and the Class of 2020! With God’s guidance and the knowledge you gained at Lehigh, may you make this world a better place! Your family is very proud of you!

The best advice I've ever received:

Always be mindful of those around you with respect, understanding and concern. Live in the present with the tools of your past and the future will unfold with many possibilities!

Marlene F

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Paola we are so proud of you!! Love you Mama y Papa

The best advice I've ever received:

Always do your best no matter what!!!

Violeta Z

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Dear Silvia Rosado, We are sooo proud of you! After some challenging times & sleepless nights, you made it!! There's nothing you can't accomplish & you have a very bright future! - Your family Congrats class of 2020! Commencement is not as we had planned, but celebration and pride is forever!!

The best advice I've ever received:

Always do your best! Set a goal and take small steps to accomplish it by always following that commitment to yourself.

Lucy R

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Ana I feel very happy today because you are receiving the title of Engineer from Lehigh. As a grandfather I wish I was there celebrating this great accomplishment. In my heart you are present and it feels like I am there. I am very sure that you will continue succeeding like you have up to now.

The best advice I've ever received:

Always strive to do whatever makes you happy!!!!!!

Mario N

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations Graduates! Your resilience to get to this point will be remembered for generations. All the best to each of you! Special Shout out to Daniel F. BROWNE. The Wards

The best advice I've ever received:

Always treat others as you would like to be treated

Annette W

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations Davis Maxie!! We are so very proud of you nephew!! It’s amazing that 4-years have passed so quickly!! Praying God’s blessings in all of your future endeavors!! -Uncle O and Auntie Pooh

The best advice I've ever received:

Always use godly wisdom in all your decision making.

Nikita H

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Kirstyn Blum, Congratulations Kirstyn you did in style. I know you will achieve anything you set your mind to Love from Mom

The best advice I've ever received:

Be Happy and enjoy life

Kathie E

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations Jake Schinto and the Class of 2020!! You have worked hard at Lehigh and deserve the very best life has to offer. Reach for the stars!!

The best advice I've ever received:

Be respectful, faithful and true to yourself and others as you travel through life.

Patricia S

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congrats and best wishes Lehigh Class 2020, you have a great mission! If life gives you lemons, make a virtual celebration. Bravo Nico, we love you, we are very proud of you! Lehigh Lats, you are brave! Thanks LU for being part of their memories. God bless you all. Los Castillo/Guate

The best advice I've ever received:

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go Joshua 1:9

Ana C

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Davis, we are very proud of you. We love you and we know you will do great things. May God continue to guide you now and always. The Perez Family xoxo

The best advice I've ever received:

Be true to yourself always. All things are possible with God.

Miriam P

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Humanity faces new challenges, a new normality with many situations that require ingenious solutions to survive. Graduates, You've all been trained to find them.

The best advice I've ever received:

Complex problems usually require a simple solution.

Manuel V

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations to the class of 2020 and especially to my incredibly talented cousin Fatima Isabel De Guzman! I am so proud of all of your accomplishments and the work that you have done so far! I can’t wait to see where God will take you next.

The best advice I've ever received:

Do not procrastinate! Stay focused and organized in all your work and you will no doubt see success!

Lucia Dela C

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congrats Davis you’ve earned it! Now it’s time to celebrate

The best advice I've ever received:

Do not take pride in ignorance. Open your mind

Matt F

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations to the Class of 2020. Be proud of your accomplishments and graduating from Lehigh! We are so proud of you Madison!!

The best advice I've ever received:

Don't be afraid to make mistakes as you embark on your life after college. At 22 years of age, it is hard to realize how long life is and how your perspectives may change. If you don't like your job or your situation, change what you are doing and pursue

Chris H

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations class 2020. You have showed tremendous resilience and strength during these trying times. May you scale great heights and achieve all your dreams as your good days are not far away.

The best advice I've ever received:

Even in crisis, there are oppurtunities. Seek them carefully.

Rakhee A

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations to Austin Henning and the Class of 2020! Austin, we are so proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad, Abby and Sawyer

The best advice I've ever received:

Follow your dreams and never stop learning!

Robin and Scott H

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Pop the champagne, enjoy this moment, celebrate this great accomplishment. Official school is over but the real learning has just begun. We are so proud of you, Liam Hanna! Adventure awaits! Love, the Bracys.

The best advice I've ever received:

Having the courage and ability to admit wrong and apologize is a sign of greatness.

Jeanne B

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations Davis Maxie! We are so proud of your accomplishment in graduating from the prestigious Lehigh University. You have set an example that all is possible with handwork, dedication and determination. Love Chuck, Freda, Kyndal and Harper.

The best advice I've ever received:

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life...

Chuck and Freda D

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

It gives me great pleasure that I am here to witness my grandaughter's graduation. Her determination and zeal has been an intricate part of her life.

The best advice I've ever received:

I was told to always do the best that you can and to be true to yourself and God. This is my advice that I give to you Miss Monet.

Linda H

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations Class of 2020! You’ve proven you can overcome obstacles. Always stay strong and stay encouraged!

The best advice I've ever received:

If you step on people while climbing the ladder of success, there will be no one there to catch you when you slip and start sliding down.

Dave B

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

We met together at your Rally in Grace Hall 4 years ago My message was “prepare yourself these coming years, to be yourself” Congratulations .. you have succeeded !

The best advice I've ever received:

It makes no difference what your academic record is .. no one cares It matters now what you do every day: to nurture yourself and grow, to be a contributing citizen of your community, to be a mom/dad, to be a leader or exceptional follower

Charlie l

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Dear Abi Isabel Fatima De Guzman, Congratulations!! I am so happy to have played a small part of your Lehigh journey. You killed it and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Best, A friend

The best advice I've ever received:

It’s ok to cry

Giovanni Z

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations bro! Just remember, this is only the beginning of you journey into adulthood. Proud of you.

The best advice I've ever received:

Learning never ends.

Samuel O

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

CHRISTINA, YOU’RE SO ACCOMPLISHED! YOU'VE EARNED THIS MOMENT. ENJOY IT! BE PROUD! BE EXCITED AND LOOK FORWARD....THE BEST IS YET TO COME! CAN’T WAIT!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOU!!! SHOUT OUT TO TAYLOR, SIOBHAN, LAUREN, EMMA AND GRACE FOR THE JOYS OF FRIENDSHIP CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020

The best advice I've ever received:

LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT, YOU'RE IN CHARGE! VAYA CON DIOS!....AND LOVE EVERY MINUTE!!!

Mary-Jo D

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations David. No one is more excited than your Gran & PopPop to see you achieve one more milestone on your journey to becoming all that you can be. You are a special grandson that makes us so proud.

The best advice I've ever received:

Look backwards ONLY to see how far you have come!

Ralph & Sue M

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

CONGRATULATIONS AUSTIN HENNING! You've competed with the best and prevailed!

The best advice I've ever received:

NEVER GIVE UP -- ILLEGITIMI NON CARBORUNDUM!!

Charles & Judy B

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

I am the proudest grandmother of all. I wish God and Virgin Guadalupe shed their light upon you and guide you always. I hope I can see culminate your PHD studies so I can join you in celebration.. I wish your dreams come true!!!

The best advice I've ever received:

Never give up on your life...

Ana P

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

We are oddly unique together: 1970 the only class to go on strike (briefly) and decline our last finals. Well, I did say 'oddly'

The best advice I've ever received:

Never let anyone tell you what you can't do !

Denny D

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Take the challenges and the disappointments that were handed to you all and use these as life lessons. You all have now learned how smart and adaptive you can be in the face of adversity and not only overcome but succeed! Congratulations Lehigh University Class of 2020...Well done!

The best advice I've ever received:

Never stop learning. Never stop moving forward.

Mark S

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

On behalf of the ONYEMELUKWE clan of Nigeria, Hearty Congratulations "UNIQUE class of 2020". DANIEL O., We are so proud of what you have accomplished, and in style too. Have a wonderful future son, and even greater accomplishments await you as a professional Computer Engineer at IBM. BRAVO!!!

The best advice I've ever received:

Never take your eyes off the ball, as you climb life's ladder of success, because the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step, and you have sure taken a great first step in graduating with honors. Remember, you are an ONYEMELUKWE and that is cool

Okey O

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations Jake Levine and the Class of 2020! We are so proud of you and know you will do great things ahead! Love Mom, Dad & B

The best advice I've ever received:

See the world when you can, take chances and enjoy the journey!

Shari L

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations to my daughter Jamaica and the Class of 2020! You have faced challenges and adversity. You will face more of the same, life is like that. But life is also full of beauty and joy I am so proud of you and what you have accomplished, so full of hope for what you will become.

The best advice I've ever received:

Surround yourself with people who build you up and make you feel alive. Practice compassion toward everyone, including yourself. Do the work to make the change.

Sena P

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congrats Olivia and the Class of 2020 Seniors!! We are so incredibly proud of you and your achievements at Lehigh and are inspired by your hard work, passion and perseverance in the face of a challenging situation. We can't wait to see what the future brings for you!! xoxo

The best advice I've ever received:

Take pride in how far you've come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don't forget to enjoy the journey!

Kristen and Mike F

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Davis Maxie is born winner!! I’m proud to celebrate this milestone with him and his classmates. Class of “2020” will be tempered by the pandemic but, the places you will go and the things you will do are going to be boundless. I expect more celebrations and accomplishments from you.

The best advice I've ever received:

The path forward is not always linear but circuitous!! Make moves and pivot when new information warrants.

Todd B

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations Jake Schinto and the Class of 2020! This is not the ending we all envisioned but we are certain that using the knowledge you gained at Lehigh over the last 4 years will guide you through this and any other adversity that you may face. Be strong and always put your best foot forward.

The best advice I've ever received:

There are no secrets to success and success is not an accident. It is perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing. Success is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. You never fail unti

Elizabeth and John S

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Sending much congratulations to the class of 2020. You are a history-making class. Be proud of your successes and grateful of your opportunities. You have the skills, heart and community to make this world a better place!

The best advice I've ever received:

There is always a way around every problem or obstacle--you just need to find it!

Debbie K

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

We are so proud of you Lisa (Rosie) and the class of 2020. Congratulations to you all on this amazing accomplishment.

The best advice I've ever received:

Think outside of the box. You are capable of more than you think.

Peter & Marilyn S

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

I was so impressed with Lehigh University’s handling of the unexpected remote learning. I feel very fortunate to have had such dedicated faculty. All the graduating Class of 2020 should also be very proud of their handling of this difficult and challenging situation! Congratulations and much success

The best advice I've ever received:

Time moves very quickly… Make every day count. Do your best while maintaining your integrity. Judge people by their character

Kimberly S

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations Class of 2020! You are well on your way to making a difference in the world- a world that is eager and ready to receive YOU- kind, compassionate, loving, intelligent young people! Go Class of 2020!

The best advice I've ever received:

Treat others as you want to be treated.

Ricky and Yazmin V

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations to my adorable grandson Daniel Okechukwu Onyemelukwe on your graduation from College today, May 17, 2020. You have laid a solid foundation for the future. May God continue to guide and protect you as you trust Him for the years ahead. God bless Lehigh University and 2020 Graduands!!!

The best advice I've ever received:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6

Beatrice E

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations Davis Maxie! You have balanced so much and continued to thrive. Your character and gentle spirit shine through always!

The best advice I've ever received:

Trust that God has a plan for you. Be open to new ideas and never stop learning.

Any M

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Congratulations to our beautiful daughter Susie Poore - we are so proud!

The best advice I've ever received:

When the going gets tough keep going!

Patrick and Millie P

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

CONGRATULATIONS to Ethan Forster and his friends, roommates, and classmates. May you maintain your friendships and use the tools you have learned in your next set of adventures.

The best advice I've ever received:

When things don't turn out as you had planned, remember: It's an Adventure, not a Disaster.

Dana K

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Rosie, (Lisa), We are so very proud of you for this great accomplishment! You have three beautiful angel’s watching over you who are also very proud! Remember you are Strong, Smart and Capable and can, and did accomplish your dream! Love you to the moon and back!

The best advice I've ever received:

Work hard and work smart. Not only learn from your mistakes but from the mistakes of others! Attitude always trumps aptitude! Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is your future , but don’t forget to live today! Congratulations To the Class of 2020! Love,

Linda V

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

When you look at the fingers on your hand, reflect upon the five core values that will guide all that you do, become and achieve in your life: growth, innovation, equality, trust and gratitude.

The best advice I've ever received:

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Audrey and Rip G

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

Jake Schinto, Congratulations! We are really proud of you! Well done! Love, Aunt Susan, Uncle Jeff, Sallie Bell, Mary Cooper, Lee & Duke

The best advice I've ever received:

You will succeed if you work in a role that you love and are passionate about. You are a brilliant engineer, Jake. We know you will be wildly successful.

Susan M

Dear Lehigh Class of 2020,

My uncle John was in the Lehigh class of 1920 so...he adopted my class of 1970. I pass on to you ( the class of 2020), his advice to me: "work hard; have fun and think outside the box".

Fred B