Congratulations to our newest Brown School alumni, the Class of 2014.
On June 18, graduates and students, families and friends, faculty and staff gathered in the Brown School gymnasium for Graduation. What sets a Brown School graduation apart from many others is just how personal this milestone event is for the students and their families. Every student is recognized and every student has her or his moment to speak. It is truly a moving experience.
As a graduating class, the Class of 2014 is on the small side with eight students, but time and again throughout the graduation ceremony we heard how that small class size created a close-knit group of friends and shaped their overall experience.
The class opted not to have a single graduation speaker and instead wrote their reflections as a group. Their remarks were then delivered by three class members.
Matt Biega recalled the class’s trips to Camp Chingachgook during middle school and how the activities not only challenged them as individuals, but also taught them how to work together as a team. Sam Smith credited the teachers, students and their experiences for the metamorphoses that the graduates completed during their years at Brown School. And, Seth Marshall expressed their gratitude “…for the friendship we have and will continue, even though we may go our separate ways. This small class has been great and we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.” [To read all of the class’s remarks, scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the links.]
Without a doubt these graduates fully embraced the Brown School mission. It was clear that in their time here that they have developed a strong love of learning. But their educational experience went beyond the academics. While they studied hard, they recounted a number of life lessons learned and multiple examples of personal growth and discovery, from learning the value of perseverence and courage to gaining the confidence to know there is no shame in asking for help when you need it. These graduates are well prepared for the next step, high school.
But before they go, Ben Burke ’10, this year’s winner of the Brown School Alumni Scholarship, addressed the class offering them wise words of advice on how to be the best you, you can be, and the keys to finding your happiness. Navigating your way through high school is not always an easy journey, but it is one for which you are well prepared thanks to their Brown School education, he reminded the Class of 2014. [Click here to read Ben’s poignant remarks.]
We wish all the best to the Class of 2014! We will miss you. Please stay in touch!
Click here to read about Friends and Memories, read by Sam.
Click here to read Lessons Learned, read by Matt.
Click here to read Words of Gratitude, read by Seth.