From the Grad Class President 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - By: Desola Ogunlade, Hope ‘20, Grad President

At the beginning of the year, the 2020 Grad class set a goal to raise $10,000 for an endowed bursary fund in our name. This bursary fund will be given as financial assistance to a student every year in perpetuity. Not only have we, the class, been working towards this goal, but assistance from parents through the Annual Giving Donations have assisted greatly.

I would like to give extensive thanks to all who helped and supported all of our initiatives this year. I am extremely proud to say that our class has reached our goal and raised $10,00 and, with the help of parent donations, we have raised $90,000 for the 2020 Grad Bursary fund.

In this time of global uncertainty, it was understandable how a goal of $100,00 was not reached this spring, but nevertheless, to help us in reaching the grand goal of $100,000, Brentwood is continuing to work towards raising an additional $10,000 to endow this fund.

So on behalf of my class, I say thank you Brentwood and thank you parents.Your generosity is forever treasured. Most of all, I would like to recognize and thank all 16 members, and 2 honorary members, of this year’s Grad Council. Your tireless leadership in running and hosting school events like Snowball, Airband, and every fundraiser and Grad event in between set a positive tone for the rest of the class and I could not be prouder of each and every one of you.

For the remainder of the class, raising $10,000 was no ordinary task, and as we have witnessed, the Brentwood Grad Class of 2020 is one to be described as resilient. Although our last three months were cut short, the hard work and effort put in prior are not to be forgotten.

De Manu in Manum, from hand to hand, poses the question: “What will you leave behind and what will you pass on to those after you?” Not only does the 2020 Grad Class leave behind our bursary fund, but we leave behind the virtues of perseverance, leadership, and most of all, strength. When the going got tough, we got going.

So, don’t remember us as the Grad class who lost their graduation and lost their final goodbyes. Remember us as the group that rallied regardless of circumstance and came out stronger together. We are the real-life examples of grit and joy.

De Manu in Manum. From our hands to yours. Thank you.

Desola Ogunlade, Hope ‘20, Grad President



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