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.
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Commencement ceremony (entire event—1h 40m)
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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)
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)
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Avis Akers ’20 appointed to United States Coast Guard Academy
Class of 2020 Padlet