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Dear Class Of 2020: Graduation Messages From Front-Line Workers

NPR asked essential workers — who normally would not be asked speak at a commencement ceremony — to offer insight forged by the simple act of showing up every day and doing what needs to be done.

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Barry Gordemer is an award-winning producer, editor, and director for NPR's Morning Edition. He's helped produce and direct NPR coverage of two Persian Gulf wars, eight presidential elections, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. He's also produced numerous profiles of actors, musicians, and writers.