Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

In our 43rd commencement ceremony, The Seven Hills School graduated 82 seniors on the evening of June 9 in Kalnow Gym. In all of its pomp and beloved tradition, the ceremony began with a processional Jean Joseph Mouret’s Rondeau. In Seven Hills’ illustrious fashion, the seniors walked under garland arches held by juniors. Senate members and seniors Adam and Quinn Shim, brothers, celebrated their peers and a year of accomplishment, saying it was a class known for its community. Board of Trustee President Beth Schiff told the graduates that the school community has learned from them, and continues to admire their commitment and dedication in and out of the classroom. Head of School Chris Garten congratulated the soon-to-be graduates and thanked Schiff, who completed her term after three years, for her dedication to the school community. Seven Hills City Councilman and Seven Hills alumnus P.G. Sittenfeld ’03 delivered a concise speech tailored to the request of the Class of 2017. Sittenfeld, who had invested in a little prep work months earlier, when he visited the seniors to get to know the class better, said, “You asked that my speech be, ‘nice, not too obvious, practical, and that it compliments the Class of 2017.’” Sittenfeld’s address focused on leadership and challenged the graduates to maintain friendships and take risks. “What will continue to define you all is your sheer willingness to try,” said Sittenfeld. Commencement continued with a special address from parent Amanda Cawdrey followed by Alumni Council President Scott Carroll ’85, who presented the Alumni Association Service Award to Devi Namboodiri for, among many things, her community service project, in which she teaches music to students in underserved areas where fine arts programs have dwindled. In a powerful tribute, Head of School Matt Bolton wrapped up the ceremony as he bade farewell to the class, which was mentioned by several speakers this evening to be known as the “class of community and empathy.” During Bolton’s address, at his side was rising senior Abby Smith, whose Personal Challenge project involved learning American Sign Language. Congratulations to the Class of 2017! Click here for more photos from commencement.Click here to read more stories from Upper School. 


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