Photo Caption: Back Row: Samuel Butts, Aidan DeSiena, Middle Row: Jamie Watson, Christopher Piccone, Sean McGannon, Kate Breen, Front Row: Elizabeth Shultz, Ava Ruisi, Olivia Marxer
Mizzentop Day School proudly held its 15th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 8. In total, nine students graduated, each one ready to leave Mizzentop and enter elite secondary schools in the area.
At 10:00 a.m., the processional began with siblings of the graduates carrying the 8th grade banner, ringing bells and carry diplomas. All class and teachers followed into the tent and took their seats. Students in grades 1 – 7 sang “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King as the 8th graders made their way into the tent. Next, Karin Shultz, Head of School, addressed the Board of Trustees, students, staff, families, friends and graduates. She stated that she wanted them to know seven things that she wished her middle school principal had told her before heading into high school. Seven things she wished she’d known. Seven things she wished she could go back and tell herself. “Number One, try everything. Yes, I mean everything,” she said.“Try everything in sports. Try everything in school. Try every club. Try every food. Take every opportunity to try something new. Of course, we adults want you to be safe, but we also want you to explore. We do. Sometimes, we’re scared of what you will find, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want you to keep looking.”
Her speech concluded with a thank you to each graduate for being a part of her life and being such a big part of each other’s. She stated that she can’t remember her middle school principal’s name, nor would he remember hers. She is grateful that Mizzentop has given them a completely different experience – they’ve had a chance to truly get to know one another – and she would never forget any of them.
The commencement followed with a song from the 7th grade to the 8th graders, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” by Phillip Phillips. Each graduate was then called up to stage by the Head of School with a few words about their time at Mizzentop. Each graduate then gave a speech and accepted their diploma, by Co-Chair, Board of Trustees, Peter Ruisi. Mizzetnop faculty and staff then came to the stage to sing “Little Wonders,” by Rob Thomas.
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