On Saturday, June 1, Dana Hall School held its 138th Commencement Exercises. The 88 members of the Class of 2019 pinned flower crowns in their hair, threw pennies into The Pond and entered the tent filled with faculty, friends and family.
After the procession of faculty and graduates, Head of School Katherine L. Bradley opened the ceremony by welcoming students and their guests. Charlene Huang ’19 delivered the Senior Address and shared with her classmates, “Now that we are graduating, we are bound to venture into unforeseen directions, away from a community we are now closely tied to,” Huang said. “However, I believe that our community is built on a form of kindness that will propel us into the unknown, and help us forge new relationships and paths in any direction we turn.”
Dana Hall Trustee Lesley Jane Nonkin Seymour ’74, former editor-in-chief of More, Marie Claire, Redbook and YM magazines and current CEO of CoveyClub.com, took the podium after Huang and delivered the Commencement Address. In her speech, Seymour encouraged the seniors to reflect on how much they’ve already learned. “It was Dana Hall that gave me the tools I needed to navigate the world,” she said. “It was Dana Hall that gave me the confidence, the ability to persist, the gangbuster security of sisterhood that allowed me to reach higher than I ever imaged.”
Bradley, Board of Trustees Chair Marcia Ishizuka ’77, Director of the Upper School Jessica Keimowitz and Assistant Head of School Rob Mather presented the graduates with their diplomas. Outgoing Director of Athletics, Health and Wellness John Suby delivered closing remarks. After putting their arms around each other and singing the Alma Mater for the last time this year, the newest Dana alumnae headed back to The Pond to receive congratulations from faculty and staff members and to celebrate with their families and friends.
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."