Ontario Premier Doug Ford says 2020’s graduating students have worked tirelessly to ‘beat the odds’ over the past few months, as they now prepare to finish high school and celebrate virtually.

“Congratulations, you made it. You made it through high school in an unprecedented time. You all have so much to be proud of,” said Ford, in his virtual message to graduates.

“All that hard work, the hours pouring over the books, nights in the sports field, evenings in the theatre and music room, the hours volunteering in your community and helping each other out, all in the face of a global pandemic.”

“You’ve been absolute champions, and you’ve beat all the odds. All of us as a province are so proud of you. In the years to come, there will be bumps in the road. The best advice I can give anyone is keep going and never ever give up. Hard work and perseverance will always pay off. Everyone respects a hard worker, no matter where you go or what you do.”

“If you put your mind to it, work hard, be of good character and stay true to yourself, I know you’ll succeed. The most important type of success is being a good person, a good friend, and most importantly, a good family.”

“Everyone, every one of you, has a special place in Ontario’s future. You’re know about to embark on an exciting new chapter in your lives. There are incredible opportunities ahead of you. Opportunities that I have no doubt that you will seize.”

“Over the past few months, you have proven yourselves time and time again. But the next steps in life won’t always be easy. There will be curves in the road ahead, mountains to climb and rivers to cross. But I know that you can tackle any challenge that comes your way.”

“Today, we recognize all of our amazing grads,” concluded Ford.

Ford was joined by Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Toronto Raptors super-fan and businessman Nav Bhatia in his remarks, which were streamed virtually earlier this week.

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