The songstress noted that this year’s graduating class has a “higher calling” in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. She encouraged students to not be afraid to seek change.
“Being a mom, I know that true change starts at the kitchen table,” she expressed. “The only answer to systemic racism, inequality and hate, is systemic love and acceptance. We need to speak up and speak love every chance we get.”
She continued, “We need to get involved. March in the streets, sign petitions, make phone calls, volunteer [at] charities, support minority-owned businesses. You can’t help your community unless you are really experiencing life with your community.”
Jennifer encouraged the 2020 graduating class to keep learning and growing. “You may have earned your degree today, but you never stop being a student. Make an effort to learn more and more every single day,” she said. “Change does not come unless you work for it, push for it.”