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Congratulations Class of 2017!

6/26/2017
On Saturday, June 3, the Class of 2017 bid farewell to Montrose School. Family, friends, alumnae and faculty gathered under the tent on Miracle Field to pay tribute to the members of the graduating class.

According to Montrose tradition, Head of School Dr. Karen Bohlin spoke personally about each graduate, relating anecdotes which revealed each girl’s strengths, accomplishments and character. The graduates, dressed in white and carrying red roses, cheered one another as each classmate rose to receive her diploma.

Student newspaper The Looking Glass covered the commencement ceremony:

Dr. Bohlin delivered individual tributes for each graduate, personalized addresses which brought moments of surprise, delight and tears to the grads. Mary Glynn ‘17 captured the sentiment of the class when she revealed the impact of the personal tributes Dr. Bohlin shared: “None of the seniors were prepared for how personal the tributes were. We were all taken aback by the comments which warmed all of our hearts. Going to a place like Montrose, we know that faculty take the time to get to know us. But, at graduation, it really showed. We all left the stage starting to become aware of how blessed we were to go to a place like Montrose.”

Graduation speaker Elisabeth Anne Delgado, president and founder of Kinderenergy, a California-based non-profit committed to building awareness for the fact that children are our most important resource, challenged the graduates: “Know who you are; stay on the path; get to work; and enrich the earth.”

Valedictorian Carmen Bolivar ‘17 closed with a moving speech centered on the metaphor of puzzle pieces to illustrate how the graduates have continued to build their strengths and identities over the years of upper school, like a series of puzzle pieces. Yet, as they graduate, they realize: “The pieces that we try to fit together may not always fit together the way that we want them to. It is precisely in this confusion, where we can meet and place our trust in God. He will put the puzzle pieces together in a way we never thought imaginable.”

Congratulations and good luck to the Class of 2017!

After choosing from acceptances to a wide variety of excellent institutions, the twenty members of the Class of 2017 will matriculate at the following colleges and universities:

Anna Maria Barbiellini: Northeastern University
Carmen Bolivar: University of Notre Dame
Mackenzie Fleming: Assumption College
Mary Glynn: University of Massachusetts Boston Honors Program
Erin Golden: Gap year of study
Mary Korzeniowski: University of Connecticut
Sarah Lepsevich: Gap year of study
Chengyudan (Ana) Liu: University of Virginia
Alexa Lombardo: Sacred Heart University
Sarah McAuliffe: Stonehill College
Molly McPherson: Stonehill College
Natalie Montalbano: University of Rhode Island Honors Program
Yuxiang Peng: Northeastern University
Emma Penn: Framingham State University
Elizabeth Prabakaran: Stonehill College
Jensen Radner: Saint Michael's College
Nathalie Rodrigues Vaz Falcao: University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
Shannon Rose: Xavier University
Emma Schiller: Loyola University Maryland Honors Program
Valerie Valdivia: University of Connecticut

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