Glenholme graduates 17 in its Class of 2015
Updated 3:20 pm, Friday, July 17, 2015
The Glenholme School graduated 17 students June 24 amid bright skies and inspirational words.
The graduates were described as “exceptional” by school public relations spokeswoman Denise Watson.
The school began its 11th commencement exercises with the traditional processional walk from the Glenholme building to the school’s Center for the Arts.
Along the way, the soon-to-be-graduates paused to observe the recently placed commemorative bricks — one of them prominently noting “The Class of 2015” along with 17 others, each adorned with one of their names.
“A sense of fulfillment and excitement filled the air as the students concluded their final walk together as classmates,” Watson said.
Executive Director Maryann Campbell opened the commencement exercises with a welcome address, asking the students to reflect on all who supported them. In response, the Class of 2015 stood and applauded their families, friends and faculty.
“All the seniors on this stage came to Glenholme with many different challenges, and, with the support of Glenholme, have grown into mature young adults who will be moving on to a new stage in their lives,” he said.
“We couldn’t have done it without each other, the amazing staff who work here and our parents’ support and dedication to this wonderful school,” he said.
Principal Sharon Murphy teamed with faculty to present academic honors, awards and special recognitions to the graduating class members.
They were joined by two Student Council representatives, who honored one student with the Susan Clarke Memorial Scholarship.
Assistant executive director Judy Cooper, who was joined by Sarah Gager, of the Judea Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, honored Sierra Scavo with the 2015 DAR Citizenship Award for her “exceptional character, dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.”
Musical performances were also woven into the event.
Julie Smallwood, Glenholme’s director of external affairs, concluded the ceremony with her address.
“Commencement is not an end; rather it is a beginning, one that marks the next important phase of your lives,” she said. “It is our hope that you will apply the values and lessons learned at Glenholme to your future as alumni. May you look back at your time here at Glenholme fondly, and we wish you lives filled with much happiness and success.”
The Glenholme Class of 2015 earned numerous acceptances to universities and colleges across the nation, including Dean College, Coastal Carolina University, Mansfield Hall, Meredith College, Curry College, Iona College, California State University, Thames Academy, the State University of New York at Cobleskill, Hofstra University, Ithaca College, Western Connecticut State University, Guilford College, Greensborough College, Becker College, SUNY Delhi, California State University Channel Islands, Whittier College, Chapman University, Worcester State University, Lasell College and Eastern Connecticut State University.