The Commencement Ceremony at Maine Coast Waldorf School is unique. Each senior gets to put their personal stamp on the proceedings. To begin the event, each student enters onto the stage to live music of their own choosing and every year we all look forward with delight to listening to how their choices will represent them.
Following a brief welcome from Administrator Christine Sloan, each student was then introduced by one of four high school faculty members – David Barham, Johanna Flath, David Sloan, and Regine Whittlesey. Every one of the sixteen faculty introductions was one of a kind – as unique as the student being introduced.
After their introduction, each senior spoke about a variety of meaningful experiences from their years at the school – of a valuable sense of community, of the connections deepened through yearly class camping trips, of being seen and appreciated as a unique individual, of the cultivation of contemplation, of heartfelt gratitude and deep connections made through a span of as many as 15 years, or in just a few short ones.
This year’s graduation speaker was Fatuma Hussein whose keynote address is included here. Diplomas were presented by Michael Fenderson, Chair of the College of Teachers, Jeff O’Brien, Faculty Chair of the High School, and Susan Stark, President of the Board of Trustees. Other highlights from the ceremony included the full Faculty singing “What a Wonderful World, the Eleventh Grade’s surprise offering of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and the High School Chorus (including the rising 9th graders) singing “I Lived.” The graduates ended the program singing “Old Ties and Companions” by Mandolin Orange.
Fresh from the success of their class play, Look Homeward, Angel and their senior class trip to Cape Cod, the Class of 2017 charmed the audience at Maine Coast Waldorf School’s 8th high school graduation with their humor, wit and gratitude for the many fruits of their Waldorf education.