The current Bonner senior cohort, of which three students graduted this December, is undoubtedly a resilient and impressive group. Entering the University of Houston in 2017, these students attended their college classes for just one week before Hurricane Harvey sent everyone home, devastated Houston, and set in motion a very painful and challenging semester for all. This Bonner entering class missed out on many of their orientation and integration events, and yet they still jumped into service and their college experience. Whether it be 7th Grade writing mentorship, college application and SAT peparation, or food recovery and delivery to hungry Houstonians, this group embraced the UH Bonner commitment to win a victory for the City of Houston before graduating, and they succeeded both in their studies and in building a strong community with peers and friends.
Fast forward to March 2020 and all of these students went home to finish their junior year online, stunned by the sudden change but persistent in their work. Though sad for the loss of the seniors at the time, these then-juniors looked forward to returning to campus for their own senior year, a chance to finish their undergraduate career strong. As we all know, though, Fall 2020 ushered in another semester of virtual learning, and our December graduates were made to finish their journey distanced from friends and faculty. Despite it all, these students carried on in the face of great adversity, completing their degrees, maintaining a commitment to service, and inspiring younger students to be both successful and generous with their time and effort. These graduates - who can only be described as reslient and inspring - will go on to great things, and we know they will continue to benefit their communities and those around them, wherever they land.
Austin, Jane and Crystal -- working with you for the past three and a half years has been a joy, and we can't thank you enough for giving of your time to build a better Houston and a better Bonner program at UH. Congratulations to you all, and best of luck in all that you go on to do!
Doug and Trinity