Maine Coast Waldorf School’s Class of 2022 graduated on Saturday afternoon in a beautiful ceremony that featured live music, heartfelt speeches by every member of the senior class, and the love and warmth of family and friends in attendance.
The ceremony began as all 14 seniors individually processed into the ceremony to walk-up music featuring instruments ranging from guitars and violins to ragtime piano and ukuleles. Many students chose other members of the senior class or faculty members to perform their walk up songs, a testament to the vibrant musical culture in the high school.
In a brief address, Pedagogical Director David Eichler noted the many challenges this class has confronted as they navigated the impacts of the global pandemic during their sophomore, junior, and senior years. “I think of the resilience that has developed and has been fostered within each of you,” he told the seniors. And despite these many difficult external challenges, Eichler explained that the Class of 2022 has displayed “leadership, acceptance, and kindness,” and that this group of seniors “is a testament to the Waldorf educational journey that they have been a part of.”
After their procession, each senior, introduced by a faculty member, took the stage to reflect on one aspect of their Maine Coast experience. While members of this class have been here anywhere from four to fifteen years, a common theme in all of these speeches was how this class found a strong and supportive community here—one that felt like a second family for many. Others noted an appreciation for their experience with Waldorf education, which has instilled a deep and profound love and learning.
Interspersed between these powerful speeches were performances from the Class of 2022. The first was a heartfelt “Class History” that recapped their Maine Coast experience from Nursery to 12th grade. Following the class history were two musical performances which brought the tissues out for many audience members: I Got Your Back by Ant Utami, and Caledonia, a modern Scottish folk ballad written by Dougie MacLean.
Seniors Lola Schultzel and John Miles Muentener presented the senior gift to the school—the commissioning of an art installation which will hang in the high school entryway. Any remaining funds will be donated to the school’s tiered tuition fund, which ensures that families from all socioeconomic backgrounds are able to access a Maine Coast education. The class also presented three rose bushes to the senior class advisors Kelly Welch, Chris Lee, and Josh Lytle—”the best class advisors” as senior Conrad Anderson put it.
Following the presentation of diplomas, we took a moment to acknowledge the parents, faculty, and students who worked so hard to arrive at this day.
To the Class of 2022, our wish for you is that you each pursue your dreams with passion and purpose. We also hope that you will continue your connection to Maine Coast Waldorf School for decades to come.
Watch the full graduation ceremony here: