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Congratulations to the Class of 2022

On Saturday, May 28, Dana Hall School held its 141st Commencement Exercises. The 76
members of the Class of 2022 pinned flower crowns in their hair, threw pennies into the Pond
and entered the tent filled with faculty, friends and family.
 
Head of School Katherine Bradley opened by welcoming students and their guests. Board of
Trustees Vice Chair Sandra Niles P17, 19 spoke to the seniors’ unique high school career. “You may feel that these past few years have been, and continue to be, marked by turmoil and uncertainty, but don’t be afraid or put off by this,” Niles said. “Know that yes, you really can move the needle on any issue or cause that is important to you, whether it is championing a more just society or healing our planet. Your talents and fortitude have no bounds and you will make an impact.”
 
Ella Schweizer ’22 was selected by her classmates to deliver the Senior Address and shared with the assembled graduates, “It has been my greatest honor to call you my sisters. I strive every day to be worthy of your friendship, of your sisterhood. Your kindness, intelligence, humor, spirit and boldness will leave the world a better place than you found it. I am so proud of you, and all that you've done to make our class’s golden personality shine.”
 
Kellyanne Dignan ’99, member of the Dana Hall Board of Trustees, took the podium
after Schweizer and delivered the Commencement Address. In her speech, Dignan offered many pieces of advice akin to the 90s song, “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen),” including “The happiest people I know focus on the life they built and have — not the life they anticipated or wished for,” Dignan said. “This feels particularly important this year. Most of us didn’t learn that lesson until we were well into life; you’ve had a crash course in it over the past two years and are going out into the world with a skill that will serve you so well. The moments of joy you’ve found and given us while we complained about quarantines, vaccines, masks and lockdowns, they were inspiring and a credit to the remarkable women you are.”
 
Assistant Head of School Rob Mather announced the graduates, after which outgoing Assistant Head of Academics/Director of the Upper School Jessica Keimowitz shared a closing poem.
After putting their arms around each other and singing the Alma Mater for the last time this
year, the newest Dana alumnae received hugs and congratulations from faculty and their families.
 
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