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The Bronxville School Celebrates Class of 2016

Dressed in the traditional white dresses and tuxedos, members of the Bronxville High School Class of 2016 received their high school diplomas in front of a standing room only audience of friends and family during the 94th commencement ceremony, held on the school’s front lawn on June 18.

Principal Ann Meyer welcomed guests and addressed the graduates to wish them well on the exciting journey they are about to embark. She said the students, in many ways, were the inspiration for the Bronxville Promise ideals and she hoped they would continue to embody them throughout their life outside of school.

“We, the faculty, wanted to give all of you the opportunity to develop as leaders, innovators, critical thinkers and engaged citizens,” Meyer said. “This is just the beginning of what you will do to grow as individuals to contribute to the world. This evening, we will celebrate your time here and wish you well on your journey.”

Class President Kathleen Conaton started off the celebration with humor, reflected on shared memories over the past 13 years and recognized her fellow graduates as individuals with unique talents who have the skills to make a difference in the world.

“As we head off from Bronxville High School, I hope that each of you makes the most of your new experiences,” she said. “Wherever we are in the coming years, I hope that we can all apply what we've learned to make the most of our new surroundings. Be brave, have the courage to ask questions. And most importantly, begin now and don't wait. The only thing we can do right now is feel proud of all we have accomplished so far and look toward the future with bright eyes and a running start.”

Student Faculty Legislature President Natalia Kaminski encouraged her classmates to find their own paths in life and thanked all parents in the audience for their great love and benevolence in guiding them along the way.

“Graduation provides the ritual by which we students transition into the larger world,” she said. “This presents us with two essential responsibilities that may at times seem in conflict with one another. How do we reconcile being faithful to who we are while living and contributing to the larger collective of humanity? The paradox is that our society is only as good as we are.”

Parent Kimberly O’Toole, who was chosen by the class as this year’s guest speaker, offered her remarks to the Class of 2016, and before the graduates were called one by one to receive their diplomas, several students received awards for excellence in music, art, vocal music, drama, English, math, science, Latin, social studies, Spanish, French and overall academic excellence.

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