Weekly All School Bulletin
Chase’s Commencement ceremony celebrates 42 graduating seniors
School’s rich and enduring traditions on display
The Chase Commencement Ceremony, which took place on Friday, June 10, embodied the school’s rich traditions and celebrated its commitment to academic excellence and lifelong learning. After a bagpipe processional led the way, 42 graduating seniors clad in the traditional white were told by Head of School Polly Peterson that they have developed into young men and women “filled with confidence, courage, compassion, and yes, resilience.”
In the Senior Address, Madison Jensen of Naugatuck acknowledged that it was difficult to say goodbye to Chase, but added, “We know that we are prepared to take on whatever’s in our direction.”
Graduates, families and friends gathered at the South Porch of the 150-year-old private school for the event, which included performances by the Upper School Chorus and the Chase Collegiate School Band.
For the Commencement Address, the school tapped Kevin Lownds, ‘05, a Senior Associate at the international law firm of WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. He urged the graduates to use the opportunities they were given to take action towards their goals, think critically, and gain perspective about the world around them---“quite frankly, to defy the stereotypes of our generation and recognize that we have tremendous capacity to alleviate suffering other than our own.”
Another Chase tradition is for a junior to deliver the Invocation, and Annie Romano, ’17, urged the graduates not to lose sight of their ideals, and to “Be the world in which you want to live.”
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