Commencement 2018: Closing Remarks

June 03, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

delivered by Kathleen Tuck Fontaine '83

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Commencement 2018: Commencement Address

June 02, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

delivered by Shayna Appel '78

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Commencement 2018: Head's Address

June 01, 2018 by Sally Mixsell

I have the privilege each year of getting to say a few words to the senior class whether they want me to or not - and whether I want to or not! This year, I'm very pleased to be able to address this particular class. There are many reasons for this, seniors, but I can tell you - and this will surprise you - that to me the most stand-out characteristic about your group is that you are the only class in my long career to have written itself a mission statement. I had been invited to work with you during your junior year bonding day, and we talked about class goals. When I mentioned that goals often emerge from a sense of mission, you were all over that and worked collaboratively for about 10 minutes before you nailed who you are collectively. Here's what you came up with:

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Commencement 2018: Senior Class Speaker

May 31, 2018 by Guest Student Author

by Clara Richardson-Omamo '18

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Commencement 2017: Address by Student Speaker Xiangge (Coco) Zhao '17

May 26, 2017 by Guest Student Author

speech written and delivered at the 2017 Commencement by Xiangge (Coco) Zhao '17.

Dear students, faculty, staff, and family members:

Good morning, my name is Coco Zhao. Thank you all for coming to the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017. We appreciate your participation.

Today, I am here, on behalf of my class, to speak to you visitors about our class character and to speak to you my classmates about how we can achieve our future goals by remembering our past together.

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Commencement 2016: Address by Senior Speaker Siobhan Pascal '16

May 31, 2016 by Guest Student Author

Thank you to all the parents, family, guests, and alumnae who have come to share this special day with us, the Class of 2016. Thank you to the teachers, faculty, and staff for getting us this far. Thank you to all our friends and schoolmates who have helped to make our last year worthwhile. Today we are gathered in our gymnatorium, as Ann likes to call it, in order to celebrate another significant milestone in our lives. Like other milestones, we may not always appreciate it as much as we do now or remember the amount of work that we put into getting here, but that does not make it any less consequential.

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Commencement 2015: "Closing"

June 03, 2015 by Guest Student Author

closing words to the Class of 2015 at Commencement, written and read by Nafisatou Mounkaila '13.

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Senior Class Address: Commencement 2015

June 01, 2015 by Guest Student Author

by Grace Powers '15, Class Speaker

Hi, my name is Grace Powers, and I’m so incredibly thankful to speak on behalf of this senior class. First, welcome to friends and family. Thank you to faculty, staff, and administration, for getting us here, pushing us when we didn’t want to be pushed, and trusting us when we didn’t trust ourselves. Classmates, thank you for entrusting me with this incredible honor. Finally, Sally, thank you for making the executive decision to have graduation in the gym. For those of you who don’t know me, I have quite an uncontrollable and inexplicable fear of walking birds, and if this graduation was outside those geese would have put quite a damper on things.

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Commencement Address to the Class of 2015

May 29, 2015 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

by Shawn Durrett, Dean of Faculty

Welcome Stoneleigh-Burnham community and special guests, good morning class of 2015. Seniors, thank you for inviting me to share this day with you; I feel so honored to stand here and speak to you today. Nafisatou and Grace, it is a privilege to share the stage with you, you who model the many ways to find your voice, and use it. Thank you for your words.

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Guest Post: "Believe the Bird" Commencement Address by Anna Schuleit Haber

June 19, 2014 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

This year's Commencement speaker, chosen by the graduating class of 2014, was visual artist and MacArthur Felllow Anna Schuleit Haber. Ms. Haber has graciously given us permission to post her full speech here. "Believe the Bird" was delivered at Stoneleigh-Burnham School's 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 6th in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

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