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 Pedagogical Director David Eichler, each senior was introduced by a faculty member – Avery Bakewell by David Barham, Jennie Bakewell by Karyn Kurland, Finn Dierks-Brown by Nancy Roderick, Wilson Haims by Jill Fox, Nash Holley by Johanna Flath, Quinn Holley by David Sloan, Isabel Konstantino by Ellen Labbe, Caroline Odlin-Brewer by Regine Whittlesey, Calvin Soule by John Reinhart, and Charles Van West by Jeff O’Brien. Every one of the ten faculty introductions reflected the unique character of 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 learning to step outside of their comfort zone to grow, of heartfelt gratitude and deep connections made through a span of as many as 15 years, or in just a few short ones, and so much more.
This year’s commencement speaker was alum Page Nichols (8th grade class of 2002). Page was introduced by her former teacher, Jill Fox. You can read her keynote address here.
Diplomas were presented by Jeff O’Brien, Faculty Chair of the High School, Jess Moore, Chair of the College of Teachers, and Susan Stark, President of the Board of Trustees. The wonderful instrumental music was presented by Chris Chasse, Nancy Roderick, Katy Stetson, and six violinists from the high school.
Other highlights from the ceremony included the full Faculty singing “In Meeting We Are Blessed,” and the High School Chorus (including the rising 9th graders) singing “Home.” The graduates ended the program singing “Rivers and Roads” by The Head and the Heart.
Fresh from the success of their class play, “Radium Girls” and their senior class trip to Acadia, the Class of 2019 charmed the audience at Maine Coast Waldorf School’s 10th high school graduation with their depth, humor, wit and gratitude for the many fruits of their Waldorf education.