Tom Hanks surprised the 2020 graduating class of Wright State University with an epic video message.
The Oscar winner began his 5-minute video: "I'm here to say congratulations to you chosen ones. And I am calling you the chosen ones because you have been chosen in many ways."
You are the chosen ones because of a fate unimagined when you began your Wright State adventures. You started in the olden times, in a world back before the Great Pandemic of 2020. You will talk of those earlier years in your lives in just that way."
He went on to explain that people will remember this time as "before" COVID-19, "in the same way other generations tell time like 'that was before the war,' or 'that was before the internet,' or 'that was before Beyoncé.'"
The word 'before' is going to carry a great weight with you.
You've gone from student to graduate with more that is expected of you than to just be an American. You've had to be responsible Americans. You've had to be good Americans. Good Americans that have made sacrifices that have saved lives."
Tom continued, "You will be enlightened in ways your degree never held in promise. You will have made it through a time of great sacrifice and great need. No one will be more fresh to the task of restarting our normalcy than you—our chosen ones."
Source: People, E!
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