Commencement Week 2022

Congratulations to the Classes of 2022, 2026, 2029, and 2030!

See below for highlights from this week’s graduation ceremonies

Commencement – June 9, 2022

While rainy weather led this year’s graduation to take place inside the Waughtel-Howe Field House, nothing could dampen the exuberant and resilient spirit of this enthusiastic graduating class, capping their MB experience in typical lively fashion.

Board Co-Clerks Reza Taleghani ’90 P ’21 ’23 and Jane Ritson-Parsons P ’17 ’21 kicked off the event offering well-wishes for the class. “This is the beginning. Be yourself, be authentic and go out in the world and do the incredible things we know you are capable of.”

The board of trustees also recognized Matt’s leadership through his 13 years at MB, making him an official member of the Class of 2022, complete with diploma.

2022 will be remembered as a spirited class that made the most of its time together, staging a fake prom, lighting up the Friends Hall deck with games of four-square, and forging unexpected friendships and strong connections in a unique high school experience. Student Senate Co-President Ruby Howland ’22 counseled her classmates to “see yourself as important and value your place in the world.” The Class of 2022 has endured a global pandemic and nationwide turmoil, still departing MB on a note of joy, remembered not only for their resilience but also their optimism. “I know wherever I go, I will never experience a community as dedicated and talented as this one,” said Zane Zaidi ’22.

Matt Glendinning, in his final MB Commencement, said that this year’s senior class will be remembered for their empathy, friendship, unity, and care for one another. “I’m proud to be graduating with you all,” he said.

Dave Murphy ’91, clerk of the MB Alumni Association, spoke to the strength of the MB community and the impact of faculty/coach mentors like Paul Donovan, encouraging the graduates to bring their own connections into the future.

And in an eloquent and humorous address, Dr. Molly Bliss ’86 shared some key life lessons and values, highlighting truth, Inner Light, and service, and encouraging students to take meaningful and needed action. “You have the tools to become caring and compassionate leaders,” she said. “Fight for the world you want to live in.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2022! 🎉  We wish you all the best of luck as you embark on your next adventures!

Click here for a video gallery from Commencement.

Where are our graduates headed next year? Find out here!

 

Middle School – June 8, 2022

Congratulations to our eighth graders – the Class of 2026! We can’t wait to see what you can achieve in Upper School next year!

“This event may be about celebrating what the class has done to get to this point, but it is also about celebrating the future. It’s about recognizing that there is a lot more to come and to look forward to new opportunities, instead of simply fearing the challenges that we will face. We are excited to see what this class will produce in the future.” – Nate K. ’26 and Aniko M. ’26

“As you head to high school, I encourage you ‘to take a step back’ to find perspective on who you are, who you’d like to be, and to be intentional about those decisions. Lean in, take charge, be yourself, and find your healthy crew of friends and your anchoring adults. Ask for help, take a risk, and, even if it looks like the easiest path, don’t settle. Congratulations eighth graders. You deserve a brilliant, fun-filled summer!”  – Jared Schott, Head of Middle School

Click here for a video gallery from the Middle School closing exercises.

 

Lower School – June 7, 2022

Fifth Grade

Congratulations to the Class of 2029! We are so proud of all you have accomplished and wish you all the best as you head to Middle School next year.

“It’s clear that you are diligent and committed scholars, athletes and artists. You’re a diverse and inclusive group. You are boisterous, funny and outgoing. Your teachers are really going to miss you, but they all know that you are more than ready to stretch your wings in Sixth Grade.” – Matt Glendinning, Head of School

“This class has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most empathic, emotionally intelligent, and sophisticated ever to walk on campus. These students are brave enough to speak their truths and brave enough to listen to their friends’ truths – whether about ethnic and religious identity, gender identity, or neurodiversity. Class of 2029: We are proud of your accomplishments, in awe of your sensitivity, and excited to watch you continue your journey here at Moses Brown.” – OJ Marti, Head of Lower School

Fourth Grade

Congrats to the Class of 2030! They will be the first fifth grade class to be included in the Middle School next year.  We wish you all the best of luck!

“As I bring my 13th and final year here at Moses Brown to a conclusion, I am incredibly encouraged by the Class of 2030 and the promise that these children show for the future. I have so enjoyed watching your progress in our Lower School, and know that you will do great things next year and beyond.” – Matt Glendinning, Head of School

“This is the first fourth grade class at Moses Brown to graduate lower school and enter middle school. I’ll be honest with you: we got pretty lucky that you all are our pioneers. We didn’t plan it that way – we didn’t plan to have our inaugural fifth grade middle schoolers be among the most mature and prepared groups we’ve had in recent memory. There is no goal too ambitious for you, no problem you cannot tackle as one. Class of 2030: thank you for becoming who you are, for being who you are. Good luck!” – OJ Marti, Head of Lower School

Commencement photos: David O’Connor, Ryan Vemmer, & Emma M. ’24