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Commencement 2017
Date: 06/14/2017

Chapel steps jumpOn Saturday, June 3, 2017, the community gathered to celebrate the Commencement of the Class of 2017. The cold and wet weather certainly did not dampen the spirits of the eager boys as they happily took part in a morning full of Commencement traditions including the pinning of boutonnieres, the Alumni Tie Ceremony, the class photo (which was moved to Humann Theatre to avoid the down pouring rain!), and the procession, led by bagpiper Terry Raney, into the “big white tent” where the ceremony would be held. 

Head of School Chris Day P’12,’13 opened the ceremony by declaring his immense pride in the Class of 2017. “By embracing our theme of pride of place and our lived allegiance to our Core Values you have made our school a more harmonious home for your younger Cardigan brothers who have benefitted from your kindness and good will.” He said before welcoming 10 boys to come up to receive their traditional prizes presented at Commencement. Prizes were awarded to Jack Bayreuther, Jungho Chang, Oliver Cookson, Emrys Elkouh, Kazuma Hirata, Ethan Kreuzburg, Aidan Philie, Jack Roberts, Alex Strait, and Grayson Madan. School Leader Aidan Philie then took the stage and addressed his Cardigan brothers, “Attending Cardigan is not easy,” he said. “It takes commitment. We all know this place is challenging but everything we have done here, from picking up trash, to being role models, it all has purpose.”

John RobertsWe welcomed The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, as our Commencement speaker. Father to Jack Roberts ’17, Chief Justice Roberts addressed his son’s class with advice for the future. “From time to time, in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice,” he said. “I hope you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time, so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck again, from time to time, so that you will be conscious of the roll of chance in life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved, and the failure of others is not completely deserved either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you will be ignored, so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.”

Board Chair Hank Holland P’12,’15 also addressed the community and shared his pride in the outstanding character that is evident in each Cardigan boy before assisting Mr. Day in the presentation of diplomas, which to everyone’s surprise, would be just a bit heavier with the addition of a pocket-sized U.S. Constitution signed by Chief Justice Roberts.

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