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Cleveland States honors graduates of athletic program with virtual commencement ceremony

Posted at 2:53 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 14:53:30-04

CLEVELAND — In the new era of virtual graduation ceremonies, Cleveland State University held its commencement for 70 graduates in their athletics program over the weekend.

Cavaliers assistant coach Lindsay Gottleib was the keynote speaker, offering some words of encouragement to athletes that have lost out on an opportunity to compete in winter and spring sports.

She encouraged them to continue to feed that competitive fire that has propelled them throughout their athletic careers.

"Sports tells all of us that it's okay to shoot for a championship, to dream about making the game-winning shot,” she said. “To set really lofty goals and then go after them without fearing that they might not come true. There's only one champion at the end of a season but we never regret having championship aspirations. And then many times as we move on from sports—we stop dreaming. We stop believing it's okay to shoot for that championship. And sometimes we even start worrying about failing or not being perfect."