On June 14, the Ross School class of 2014 officially marked the end of their years at Ross and the beginning of the next chapter in their lives. Families, friends, faculty, and staff gathered in the Great Hall for the graduation ceremony, and watched with pride as the students entered to the School’s alma mater performed by the High School Chorus. Patty Lein, head of Upper School, welcomed everyone in her opening remarks and extended her well wishes to the senior class.
The commencement address was given by David Liittschwager, a contributing photographer to National Geographic and author of A World in One Cubic Foot, as well as the recipient of an Endangered Species Coalition Champion Award for Education and Outreach and a Bay & Paul Foundation Biodiversity Leadership Award. Liittschwager, who mentored Ross School students on their own biodiversity studies on site in Mo’orea during the 2014 Midwinter Term, offered his words of wisdom and advice for the future to the graduates.
Following speeches by Bronwyn Roe ’06, class co-presidents Jiahui Guo and Yuyuan (David) Tang, and elected class speaker Samuel Hamilton, special awards were bestowed to recognize the extraordinary work of faculty and students.
The Courtney Sale Ross Award, in recognition of faculty members most exemplary of the Ross School vision of leadership, academic excellence, and personal integrity, was awarded to Upper School World Languages and Literature teacher Mami Takeda, and Lower School teacher Shannon Timoney. Samuel Hamilton received the Ross School Board Award for demonstration of outstanding leadership qualities; the Anders G. Holst Award for a senior who demonstrates courage in creativity went to Cosma Siekierski; and Lily Baron received the Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award in recognition of her pursuit of excellence, magnanimity of intention, and personal integrity.
The audience then looked on as Patty Lein awarded the diplomas, and the new graduates took their place in Ross School history.
Congratulations, Class of 2014!