A Missouri State University professor, seeking to do something special for graduates of MSU that were having their final year hampered by the coronavirus outbreak, decided to track down one of Springfield’s most famous native sons to address graduates.
Dr. Elizabeth King, associate professor of Child & Family Development, tried to contact via email people connected with Pitt to get him to “cheer up” the students who wouldn’t get to walk across a stage to get their diploma. After not gaining any response, she went to social media on May 12.
“I’m hoping you can send a message of support for our 2020 grads at Missouri State,” King said in her video posted on Twitter. “You get to connect with your Ozarks roots, and students would frankly die if this thing happens.”
Pitt responded with a video that University President Clif Smart (and mascot Boomer) revealed to the public in a Twitter posting.
“Must be very strange doing this in these trying times but know we’re rooting for you,” Pitt said. “Our money’s on you to make this world a better place and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”
Here’s the video: