Montclair State University School of Communication and Media grads got a special treat during their a virtual Graduation Ceremony. Stephen Colbert, rock legend Brett Michaels, and journalist Rachel Maddow all recorded video messages for the grads that were shown during the hour-long event Thursday.
Maddow shared what it was like for the MSU’s Class of 1919, the last class to graduate in the middle of a global pandemic, reading from the yearbook when Montclair State was known as the New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair.
“Like those guys 100 years ago, you really are graduating into a huge, weird historical moment,” she said.
Like the Class of 2020, graduates in 1919 also missed out on senior-year events and had to go on “an enforced vacation” due to the Spanish Influenza.
Colbert recorded a message from his home in Montclair, discussing how the world of communication and broadcasting was “still going on in its own strange way, as as I can attest if you’ve seen me doing my show [The Late Show with Stephen Colbert] from the guest bedroom.”
“Whatever is on the other side of all this strangeness right now, the show must and will go on,” Colbert added, signing off with encouraging words for the Class of 2020.
“Everything is going to be great, and you are going to be great,” Colbert said.
Read more about the graduates, including JoAnn Vespucci, who completed her degree after taking one course a semester for more than 20 years!