Chief Sponsor: Lincoln Fillmore

House Sponsor: Lee B. Perry


9     General Description:
10          This resolution recognizes the students graduating from high school and institutions of
11     higher education in 2020.
12     Highlighted Provisions:
13          This resolution:
14          ▸     recognizes students expected to graduate from high school, colleges, and
15     universities in 2020 during unusual circumstances; and
16          ▸     acknowledges the creative and meaningful efforts of schools and families to mark
17     the achievement of Utah's 2020 graduates.
18     Special Clauses:
19          None

21     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
22          WHEREAS, a student's senior year of high school is the culmination of more than a
23     decade of hard work;
24          WHEREAS, approximately 42,000 to 43,000 students were expected to graduate from
25     public high schools in Utah's 2020 graduating class during unusual circumstances;
26          WHEREAS, high school seniors typically have an opportunity to participate in cultural
27     milestones during their senior year, including senior prom and high school graduation;

28          WHEREAS, at the time of school closures in the 2019-2020 school year, high school
29     students, including seniors, were participating in a variety of extracurricular activities, with
30     over 28,000 students participating in athletics -- such as baseball, track and field, and lacrosse
31     -- and over 27,000 students participating in music, theatre, and debate;
32          WHEREAS, because of school closures in the 2019-2020 school year due to the spread
33     of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Utah's high school graduating class of
34     2020 had a senior year unlike any other and missed out on opportunities that prior generations
35     have not;
36          WHEREAS, during the spring and summer of 2020, thousands of students were
37     expected to graduate from Utah's eight public colleges and universities and eight technical
38     colleges, and thousands more students were expected to graduate from private colleges and
39     universities in the state;
40          WHEREAS, students graduating from colleges and universities have invested
41     considerable time and resources to obtain certificates and degrees from these institutions, and
42     many students worked to achieve this laudable goal with significant personal and familial
43     sacrifices;
44          WHEREAS, Utah's high school seniors and students graduating from the state's public
45     and private colleges and universities have demonstrated resilience and determination while
46     turning the challenges of the 2019-2020 school year into opportunities; and
47          WHEREAS, state leaders have confidence that students in Utah's 2020 high school
48     graduating class and graduates from Utah's public and private colleges and universities will use
49     what they have learned in their education as they continue in their path to future leadership:
50          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
51     Governor concurring therein, hereby congratulates every student from the 2020 graduating
52     class of every high school in Utah and every student graduating from every college and
53     university in Utah for this significant achievement.
54          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and Governor hereby praise public
55     and private schools for their efforts to recognize 2020 graduates through thoughtful and
56     resourceful activities and graduation ceremonies, acknowledging the time and work teachers
57     and school leaders invested in making these activities meaningful and memorable for graduates
58     and their families.

59          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and Governor hereby acknowledge
60     the outstanding creativity of the families and friends of Utah's high school and college
61     graduates to mark these students' achievements.