KHQ: Senator Jon Tester addresses Montana's graduating Class of 2020

by Meredith Depping

HELENA- Montana’s graduating Class of 2020 was addressed by Senator Jon Tester Friday.

From Tester’s release:

“Whatever you do next…you’ve got to keep learning. You’ve got to keep exposing yourself to new ways of thinking and doing things, after all, the world won’t ever stop changing and neither should you,” said Tester. “So keep an open mind, and listen to others who come from different backgrounds or have different experiences than you, because that’s what separates good leaders from great leaders. And I have no doubt in my mind that the lot of you will be great leaders.”

With many schools forced to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, high schools across Montana are hosting online commencement ceremonies to celebrate students’ achievements while social distancing. Tester-a former educator and school board member-highlighted the unique challenges that graduates will face, offering a message of hope and resilience in the face of uncertainty:

“The world today is a whole lot different than it was when I graduated from Big Sandy High School-quite frankly it’s a whole lot different than the world we knew three months ago-but with any big change comes an entirely new set of challenges,” said Tester. “…Take it from an old farmer, there are a lot of things in life that you can’t control…So plant your roots deep, take care of each other, and reach for the sky. With some hard work and flexibility, you can change the world for the better.”