May 21, 2020
Hood College President Andrea E. Chapdelaine has awarded the President’s Medal for Hope to the Class of 2020 to honor their hope and perseverance through the COVID-19 pandemic to graduation.
The Hood College President’s Medal is a prestigious honor awarded to an individual or organization who exemplifies one of the College’s core values. The Class of 1915 defined Hope as the belief that everyone can have a positive impact in the world and that education is instrumental in creating and sustaining hope.
This is the first time the President’s Medal has been awarded to a group of current students. To this point, this medal has only been given to alumni or others in the larger Hood community.
“As I have witnessed your resilience, adaptability and tenacity of the past few months, you have instilled hope in me and so many others,” said President Chapdelaine in a video to the graduating class. “You, Class of 2020, serve as a beacon of hope for this world as you use your minds, hearts and hands to make our world a better place. Our hope lies with each of you, and in that, it is very well placed… Go out into this world and do great things. I know you will because, indeed, you already have.”