Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most graduating college seniors have had their official commencement ceremonies postponed.
But that didn't stop UConn women's head basketball coach Geno Auriemma from delivering a powerful message to the graduating class of 2020.
In a "virtual commencement" address, Auriemma encouraged the graduating students to make something out what he calls the 'defining moment' for this generation.
.@UConnWBB Coach Geno Auriemma addressed the Class of 2020 in a Virtual Commencement, but he didn't give your typical commencement speech. Check out what he had to say to #UConn20🎓 pic.twitter.com/VCoEz11OUC- UConn (@UConn) May 9, 2020
"For the Class of 2020, I'm supposed to deliver a message. But you've already gotten some messages, I'm sure, about how you're going to change the world, about how the other generations before you were impactful and how you're going to do great things -- all the things that people say at graduation speeches. So this is not a graduation speech, really.," Auriemma said.
"Here's what I would say: This is your defining moment. Each generation has a defining moment. That generation had the war. My generation had Vietnam. Then another generation had 9/11, if you want to call that a generational thing, which I'm sure for a lot of people it was.
"Now this is your time. This will define your generation. This is you now."
Auriemma concluded by saying: "You're living in uncomfortable times. So in some sense, you're living in the greatest time of your life. It's great to be uncomfortable, because that's when you find out just how great you can really be."