Commencement 2020—photos and videos

June 12 was a special day for the Class of 2020. In the midst of a global pandemic with all the associated and necessary restrictions, we held a beautiful, inspiring, thought-provoking live graduation for our seniors. They were able to sit side-by-side for the first time in three months. It was a day that our seniors and their families will never ever forget. The speeches were powerful, relevant, and moving statements for the current moment. Over a three-hour period, the community was stitched back together after being remote for so long.

The parade that followed was the perfect culmination to the day. Our faculty, trustees, and friends who were not able to attend commencement due to social distancing restrictions, lined the streets around Waynflete’s campus. A parade of seniors in their cars were greeted with cheers and expressions of love.

Photos

View/download Commencement photos

Note that photos can be downloaded from SmugMug in their original high-resolution format at no cost. You can also share images directly to social media from SmugMug or purchase photo keepsakes, including prints, wall art, magnets, mugs, etc.

Videos

Commencement ceremony (entire event—1h 40m)
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Post-ceremony parade
View video 1  •  View video 2

Note that the Commencement video can be downloaded from Vimeo if you would like to have your own digital copy. Simply click the “download” button below the video.

Video excerpts

Part I

Invocation (Lydia Maier ’90, Assistant Head)
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Welcome and introduction (Geoffrey Wagg, Head of School)
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Address (Blake Keogh, 6–12 Science)
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Musical presentation (Ruby Adams ’20 and Denise Calkins)
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Statement from the graduating class (Perla Ingabire ’20)
Video


Part II

Introduction (Cathie Connors, Dean of Upper School Students)
Video

Address (Carol Titterton, 6–12 Science Chair)
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Poetry presentation (Anna Wildes ’20, Waynflete Poet Laureate)
Video

Musical presentation (Morgan Peppe ’20 and Eric Peppe)
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Statement from the graduating class (Ayub Nur ’20)
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Closing (Lowell Libby, Upper School Director)
Video

If you would like a text copy of any of the presentations, email communications@waynflete.org.

Additional videos

Avis Akers ’20 appointed to United States Coast Guard Academy
Video

Class of 2020 Padlet

View messages of hope and congratulations for seniors from members of the Waynflete community.

 



Sixth grade virtual museum

Each June, the sixth grade culminates the year by celebrating students’ learning through the preparation for and presentation of the Night at the Museum. This year, as with all of our school activities, our culminating event went online—a celebration of sixth-grade community, learning, student voice, and above all, resiliency in the face of Covid-19!

As we headed towards the final days of school, students were hard at work preparing presentations in numerous classes. Each student selected two particular presentations that they wanted to share with family, friends, teachers, and the broader community. Students presented twice throughout the morning and will also served as an audience member for other students’ presentations.

View the presentations


2020 Senior Awards

One of the rituals of spring in the Upper School that has been canceled by the virus is the annual awards assembly.  Waynflete values all of our students equally and prizes each student’s growth and accomplishments. Another ritual of spring that is happening virtually in a couple of weeks is the senior dinner, in which the journey of each senior is recognized through a reading of a “Senior Minute.”

Continue reading “2020 Senior Awards”


Guest artist drops in to speak with theatre students

Sometimes there is a silver lining!

Waynflete’s online platform made it easy for L.A. television and audio book actor Kathe Mazur to take time out from recording in her home studio to speak with Waynflete theatre students. Kathe talked about her own journey from a high school theatre program to the present. She shared insights about constantly reinventing herself as an actor, staying true to herself, and keeping things fun.

Despite our season’s end, a curious group of about ten Waynflete students stayed after school hours. They asked great questions about auditioning, preparing, and how to stay on a TV show for nine years!