Mark Lombardi, PhD:
Hello, when we thought about graduation and celebrating the class of 2020, we have put together a whole number of things to salute your work and to pay tribute to the difficult circumstances under which all of you have operated and will be presenting those to you and laying him out over the next few weeks and months. But during that time, we also found a few friends who wanted to wish the class of 2020 the very best. So, let me share that with you,at this time. And, on behalf of myself and all of my staff, congratulations, great job and we’re here to help you in every way possible. So, for my friends, take it away.
Well, happy graduation to the graduating class of 2020 in Maryville University. For those of you who are graduating, I know this stinks because you don’t get a ceremony. You get a video from somebody like me. You’re doing something that I never did. Graduate college. Now take your degree and run. Have a great life. Make the most of it. You got a great education in Maryville. Congratulations, you should be very proud today.
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sunshine warm upon your face and until we meet again, may he hold you in his hands. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Hey Maryville class of 2020, this is Brian Owens and I just want to say congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment. We living in some difficult times and for you to be able to do what you’ve done and accomplished. This is amazing. Keep that Maryville Spirit and take it everywhere you go. ’cause the world needs it now more than ever. God bless.
Hi Ozzie Smith, here. I’d like to give a shout out to the Maryville grads of 2020. What a great achievement. I know we’re going through some tough times right now, but this too shall pass. Remember work hard, do your best, and know that the greatest gift in life is the ability to get back. Good Luck.
Hello Maryville, 2020 graduates, congratulations. Enjoy your virtual celebration. We wish we could be there in person but have a great day. Wishing you all the best. Congrats again.
Jackie Joyner Kersey:
Maryville graduates of 2020, this is Jackie Joyner Kersey saying congratulations. So many years have come down to this moment, a moment you will celebrate with your family and friends this moment. Today, a moment in time that we all will never forget. But this is your moment to celebrate. Congratulations graduates, we need you more than ever. Keep moving forward.
Hi this is Nadia Comaneci
and I’m Bart Conner
and would like to say and all the best wishes to all of you. This are very unique and delicate times, but I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Maryville class of 2020.
We were thrilled when President Lombardi sent us a note and asked us to contribute to the video. We’re huge fans of Saint Louis. We had a wonderful experience this last year when Nadia and I were honored with the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award in sportsmanship, so we have great memories and of course a great deal of appreciation to Maryville University for being the key sponsor for that event. So we wish you the best. Congratulations to the class of 2020. And we hope that you get
a perfect 10 and everything you do from now on.
Hi, Bernie Federko of the Saint Louis Blues. I want to send out a huge congratulations to the Maryville grads of 2020. Remember, you’re the future of our world and each and everyone of you can make a difference. So, get out there and bring home a winner. We’ll be cheering for you.
Congratulations, the class of 2020 on your graduation. I know this has been a unique year for you, but I’m confident you’ll be better for it. And you will go on to do great things. Best of luck and God bless.
Hey everyone, I’m Dan McLaughlin, the television voice of the Saint Louis Cardinals. First and foremost, I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Secondly, I’d like to congratulate you on earning a college degree from Maryville University. Something that is so hard to do at times, and something that you’ve worked so hard for a degree and something that can never, ever be taken away from you. So why while you don’t have a graduation ceremony, you do have a degree. It’ll set you up for life and it’s something that you earned, so your parents are proud of you, your friends, your love ones, everyone associated in your life will understand you have a college degree and that is very, very special. So, congratulations. I’m sorry there’s no ceremony but use that degree. Use it wisely and be proud. Thank you. God bless and take care.
Congratulations graduates, this is Frank Viverito, I’m president of the Saint Louis Sports Commission and we’re the host of the Musial Awards for good sportsmanship presented by Maryville University. So, my one message to you today is to be a good sport, kindness, civility, and respect have never been more important in the world than they are right now. So best of luck as you embark on this new time in your life. Congratulations, be a good sport. Cheers.
Congratulations, Class of 2020
The Maryville University class of 2020 had a unique experience, to say the least.
With no on-campus graduation ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to do something special to mark their accomplishment. So we recruited some friends to deliver a special message.
In order of appearance: Dr. Mark Lombardi, president of Maryville University; Joe Buck, broadcaster for Fox Sports; singer/songwriter Brian Owens; former St. Louis Cardinals player and MLB Hall of Famer Ozzie “The Wizard” Smith; Maryville University Board of Trustees chairman Ed Ryan; three-time Olympics track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee; former Olympics gymnasts Bart Conner and Nadia Comăneci, who hold a total of seven Olympics gold medals between them; former St. Louis Blues player and Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie Federko; current St. Louis Cardinals manager and 2019 National League Manager of the Year Mike Schildt; Dan McLaughlin, voice of the St. Louis Cardinals for Fox Sports Midwest; and president of the St. Louis Sports Commission Frank Viverito.
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