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In 2017 Commencement Speeches, Students Share Experiences and Advice for the Future
Posted 06/08/2017 01:17PM

Over the past week, Rowland Hall celebrated twelfth-, eighth-, and fifth-grade graduations. At each ceremony, students spoke to their classmates, families, and friends about their experiences at Rowland Hall, and shared advice for the future.

Eighth-grader Rory Beals hoped his peers could learn to laugh at themselves, and deal with mistakes in a constructive manner. Several fifth-graders thanked teachers, parents, and friends for their support and encouragement, and expressed excitement about what awaits them in Middle School. Valedictorian Lena Chan '17 compared the upcoming journeys of her fellow seniors to those of world travelers, both "vulnerable and optimistic." She told them: "Whatever you do in the following years, from attending university to traveling to fulfilling your dreams elsewhere, remember this—there is no such thing as a final destination."

You can read the full text of all the student speeches here.


As Rowland Hall prepares to commemorate its 150th anniversary, we honor our longest-serving teacher, French Teacher and Department Chair, Doug Wortham. We celebrate his 40 years of service at the Upper School and the legendary contributions he has made to our school, students, and community.
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Over the past week, Rowland Hall celebrated twelfth-, eighth-, and fifth-grade graduations. At each ceremony, students spoke to their classmates, families, and friends about their experiences at Rowland Hall, and shared advice for the future.
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At Rowland Hall, students who attend for 12 or more years are referred to as lifers. The class of 2017 has 30 of these students, and we asked them to share special school memories and reflect on how Rowland Hall has shaped each of them. Favorite memories of our graduating lifers include: tea time with Carol Blackwell; the Interim trip to Navajo Nation; hours spent in the dance studio collaborating with peers and Dance Teacher Sofia Gorder; and receiving a standing ovation at morning meeting after playing "Take on Me" with fellow Jazz Band members in their class.
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