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173rd Tilton School Commencement

Sarah O'Neill
Friday, May 25th began the transition of the Tilton School class of 2018 from high school seniors to graduates. Read on for a wrap up of graduation weekend, and follow the fun in photos below.
Moving Up
After returning home from the senior trip with Adventure Bound rafting in Maine on Friday afternoon, the Class of 2018 joined students and faculty in the chapel for the annual Moving Up Ceremony. This is where current student leadership roles held by 2018 class members are passed on to their successors. This also meant Izzy Moffroid ‘18, 2017-2018 Student Body President, and Owen McCuin ‘18, Student Body Vice President, led their last meeting in the chapel and passed the responsibility on to Queena Yuan ‘19, 2018-19 Student Body President and Madison Kirker ‘20, Vice President. Seniors were then dismissed while the Class of 2019 physically “moved up” to the front to take their place as seniors in the chapel. This official move was solidified by the class’ first singing of the Tilton School Alma Mater.

The following leadership roles were also announced:
Head Admissions Ambassadors
Blaine Manning ‘19 and Brendan Sjostedt ‘19

Senior Class President
Sarah Schartner ‘19

Junior Class President
Bobby Hess ‘20

Sophomore Class President
Howard Yin  ‘21

Seniors formed a receiving line outside the chapel, so all students and faculty could give their well wishes on the class’ official last day of school. The line was full of emotion with happy and sad tears, many hugs, and plenty of smiles and well-wishes.

Senior Dinner
Friday night, seniors and their guests were treated to a dinner under the tent on the quad. Peter Saliba P’17, '19, Head of School, spoke to open the dinner and after the meal, opened the floor to students who would like to speak. Students took the chance to share specific memorable moments and people who have had the biggest impact on them during their time at Tilton. Ken Hollingsworth P’06, ‘09 welcomed the Class of 2018 into the Alumni Association, and the dinner finished with a viewing of the senior slideshow created by Katie Ruggles ‘18.

Baccalaureate is traditionally a celebration that honors a graduating senior class and began at Oxford University in 1432, where students were required to deliver a sermon in latin. Tilton School celebrates our graduating senior class each year by listening to students reflect on their time here, as well as musical performances.

This year, we heard from the following senior speakers and performers:
Sean Keegans
Octavia Zhao
Lovisa Werner
Shayne Egleston
Owen McCuin
Mizuho Tsukatani

“Hallelujah,” byLeonard Cohen performed by Queena Yuan ‘19

Meeka Bolduc
Max Zegarowski
Trevor Hardy
Tia Raspante

“Keep Holding On,” Avril Lavigne performed by Kirsten Chandonnet

Eric Zhou
Kelsey Johnson
Katie Ruggles
Pawat Promraksa
“You’ve Got a Friend,” Carole King performed by Alice Du
Percussionist, Christopher Robinson
Pianist, Jacob Losardo

Ryan Flynn
Aybala Yilmaz
Abby Settelmeyer
Samuel Alicea

Organist, Abigail Charbeneau
Musical Director, Amy Morse P’21

173rd Tilton School Commencement
A clear Saturday morning paved the way for our 173rd Tilton School commencement. Invocation was made by Kate Saunders P’17, ‘21, Assistant Head of School and Peter Saliba, Head of School, made the ceremonies opening remarks:

“Soon you will be awarded a Tilton Diploma, and it is my earnest hope that you have learned to always listen carefully rather than ignoring opposing viewpoints. To always gather information and think about what you believe in. And rather than being a bystander, take action and stand up for what you believe in a way that respects yourself and those around you.” - Peter Saliba P’17, ‘19, Tilton Head of School

Izzy Moffroid, 2017-2018 President of the Student Assembly, spoke on the heroic characteristics that exist in all Tilton students, her deep appreciation for the school, and how special her time on the Hill has been. Ryan Waring, voted as a speaker by his classmates, shared how difficult experiences while at Tilton helped him to better appreciate his loved ones and his abilities.

This year’s faculty speaker, voted on by the Class of 2018, was English Teacher Stephen Gilpatrick. He spoke on the existence and meaning of the soul, and stressed what he believes to be the three most important parts of being an education: empathy, commitment, and compassion.

Maddie Clark ‘18, Senior Class President, presented the senior class gift of a permanent fire pit between the Fred Andrew Smart Chapel and senior girls’ dorm Maloney Hall. Diplomas were then presented by Peter Saliba P’17, ‘19, Head of School, Dave McElhinney P’13, Chair of the Board of Trustees and Michael Landroche P’02, Academic Dean.

Caps flew as the graduating class was announced, and our graduates ended their special day with a farewell luncheon, accompanied by hugs, happy tears, celebration, and photos galore.

To our graduating seniors: Tilton School is so proud of you, and cannot wait to see the amazing things you are going to achieve.

Many thanks are in order for ensuring a smooth and unforgettable weekend. Our deepest gratitude to: Alumni and Parent Relations Manager Alex Sedgley; Fred Heath and the entire Tilton Maintenance Crew; Brenda Cote and the Tilton Housekeeping team; Soundtown Music; the Tilton Parents’ Association; Tilton Board of Trustees; Academic Dean Michael Landroche P’02 and Dean of Student Life Vinny Giambrocco, as well as numerous members of faculty and staff that took part in organizing the weekend.

Watch the Commencement ceremony on Livestream.
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