The 2020 election as a learning opportunity

The Upper School is navigating the upcoming (and highly contentious) 2020 election as a learning opportunity. We are pursuing three general goals:

  • To give student groups the opportunity to reflect on what they are learning about the candidates and to present their learning to classmates.
  • To give individual students the chance to reflect on their own political viewpoints in relation to their classmates and the country as a whole.
  • To help our students be more savvy consumers of election news by tuning them in to what to watch for as the election and its aftermath unfolds. 

We have begun the process. 

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We’re looking forward to seeing both new and familiar faces back on campus! Be sure to check out this brief video that provides an overview of the new Swivl technology that will be in our hybrid classrooms this fall. The video features four faculty members and was recorded during our Summer Term classes.

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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.


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.


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)

Welcome and introduction (Geoffrey Wagg, Head of School)

Address (Blake Keogh, 6–12 Science)

Musical presentation (Ruby Adams ’20 and Denise Calkins)

Statement from the graduating class (Perla Ingabire ’20)

Part II

Introduction (Cathie Connors, Dean of Upper School Students)

Address (Carol Titterton, 6–12 Science Chair)

Poetry presentation (Anna Wildes ’20, Waynflete Poet Laureate)

Musical presentation (Morgan Peppe ’20 and Eric Peppe)

Statement from the graduating class (Ayub Nur ’20)

Closing (Lowell Libby, Upper School Director)

If you would like a text copy of any of the presentations, email

Additional videos

Avis Akers ’20 appointed to United States Coast Guard Academy

Class of 2020 Padlet

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


Our Graduates Are Going Places 2020!

Waynflete’s Class of 2020 is a group of accomplished young adults with an impressive list of colleges and universities that they will be attending!

Below is the list of where our 61  graduates will/may matriculate this fall. Obviously some students may choose to adjust their plans in response to COVID-19 and as they learn what the colleges decide for next year.

Bard College
Barnard College (2)
Bates College (2)
Bowdoin College (2)
Brandeis University
Brown University (2)
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Clark University (2)
Colby College (2)
Eckerd College
Franklin and Marshall College
Macalester College
University of Maine, Orono (2)
University of Massachusetts–Amherst
Middlebury College
University of New Hampshire–Main Campus
University of New Orleans
Occidental College
Pomona College
Princeton University
Reed College
Rhode Island School of Design
Skidmore College (3)
Smith College (2)
Southern Maine Community College (2)
University of Southern Maine (2)
The University of Tampa
The New School
Tufts University (2)
Tulane University
Union College
United States Coast Guard Academy
University of St. Andrews
University of Vermont (4)
Wellesley College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wesleyan University (2)
Wheaton College