NFA’s much loved outdoor graduation tradition continued with today’s ceremony -- sophisticated, smooth, touching, and awe-inspiring. 481 members of the Class of 2018, stepped on to the field at 4 p.m. sharp, June 21, to the chords of "Pomp and Circumstance" performed by the NFA Concert Band, directed by Kristen Motola. The students followed Corporators, and student marshals Natalie Dionne and Kailee Kerrigan escorted honored guests to the dais. Almost 80 members of the 50th reunion Class of 1968, led by faculty, accompanied the Academy’s newest graduates to the field to the melody of bagpipers Colleen Cournoyer ’12 and Daniel Pislowski ’12.
The program included Joliegh Yim’s Ivy Oration and Guercie Guerrier’s Class Speech. Yim reminded her fellow graduates of the potential in each of them. "Today, we step into the future, and each of us is a construction in progress….Where will you go from here? What road will you construct? Will yours be a gravel footpath, a two-lane street, or a multi-lane freeway?” she said.
Guerrier spoke of the impact the Academy has had on her peers. "Our family, teachers, and classmates have encouraged our tenacity and resilience. Our NFA education will continue to burn in our soul. We are brighter individuals than we were four years ago.”
Class President Brielle Jewell presented the class gift to Board of Trustees Chair, Atty. Sarette Williams ’78, who took a moment to express her pride in and loyalty to her alma mater and wished graduates good fortune. Representing the 50th reunion Class of 1968, Wally Lamb, former NFA English teacher and nationally known author spoke to students. "Be kind to each other," he said.
Retiring teacher Maureen Reubelt presented the first diploma, and all 481 students had a personal moment of recognition and accomplishment as faculty readers announced their names.
Sun shining, clear skies, and a sea of red; it was a spectacular day. View a recording of the live broadcast, the entire program, and speeches here.