In virtual commencement, Obama called on graduates to be ‘warriors for justice’

For Tamyah Beck, listening to former President Barack Obama’s graduation message of hope and inspiration over the weekend was also a bit nerve-wracking.

“It’s scary because some of my friends who graduated with me aren’t sure what they are going to do about starting their career because of the coronavirus,” said Beck, who earned a degree in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

She got a job in her chosen profession at a private school in Maryland after interning there.

“I’m fortunate,” Beck told NBC News. “But because of the coronavirus I didn’t even pursue other opportunities.”

Beck isn’t alone.

Image: Tamyah Beck, who graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore last week, said she cried over not having a traditional ceremony, but the virtual graduation featuring former President Obama was a sufficient substitute. (Courtesy of Tamyah Beck)
Image: Tamyah Beck, who graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore last week, said she cried over not having a traditional ceremony, but the virtual graduation featuring former President Obama was a sufficient substitute. (Courtesy of Tamyah Beck)

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