delivered by Kathleen Tuck Fontaine '83
delivered by Shayna Appel '78
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:
by Clara Richardson-Omamo '18
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.
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.
closing words to the Class of 2015 at Commencement, written and read by Nafisatou Mounkaila '13.
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.
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.
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.