Excerpts from Foster's speech:
“Class of 2019, you graduate into a world riddled with injustice and inequity. [...] While I know the burden that you’ve carried to get to this point, and I know that you’re both tired and ready to celebrate, I ask you to continue on and to ask yourself, ‘What do I have in my hands that I can use to make a difference?’ […] If you are a journalism major, think about the untold stories that need to be told about your community as you decide what to report. If you are moving into the medical field, consider who is foreclosed from accessing the care they need. If you are a business major, explore ways to do business that are responsible and sustainable. If you are an education major challenge yourself to approach all young people as possessors of boundless potential.
And I know that I can ask this of you, because I have graduated from this institution. I know the type of people who choose to embark on the St. Catherine University journey. And I know that that journey has prepared you to think critically, evaluate effectively, and operate compassionately. That’s why, despite the enormous challenges we face, I remain optimistic — radically optimistic — because I know that your energy and intelligence, your creativity and drive, your purpose and passion, will help push every organization you work for closer to justice.”