It is safe to say you graduating students will not forget 2020. It would be hard to imagine what events could turn our attention away from a current, global pandemic, but the week of nationwide protests for racial equality following the death of George Floyd have done just that.
All of these tumultuous events will forever be associated with the year you were denied a traditional graduation ceremony. Please consider sharing an opportunity to document your reflections and memories from a unique time in your life.
Kupferberg Center continues to offer the Valedictorian Project for the Class of 2020. They are inviting all graduating New York City students to submit videos of their own “Valedictorian Address”, which will be available for viewing from a designated page on the Kupferberg Center website. Selected videos will also be on the Kupferberg Center Facebook page, and each day in June a student will be highlighted across their social media. #KCAValedictorianProject.
All graduating students are invited to participate. Students can get creative in fashioning their caps and gowns, the background of their video, etc. Guidelines are below.
Kupferberg Center is an arts organization that has a long history of serving our community in a variety of ways, including the hosting of several local school commencements. They are part of Queens College. They are extending this opportunity to graduates in order to give voice to your feelings, hopes and reflections on the future and on these historic times.
1) Students must be enrolled in a New York City School to participate
2) Videos recorded from smart phone are ideal. Acceptable formats are MP4, MOV, M4V, MP3 and AAC
3) No videos containing profanity or hurtful, abusive language will be accepted
4) Videos must be submitted with a brief bio, including student’s name, their current school, favorite thing about their school, and their future plans.
5) Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes in length
If you are interested in submitting a video, please let me know by Friday, June 5th.