Next Friday, the Corlears School community celebrates our graduating class of 2018 with commencement! Each year, graduation proves to be both lively and moving as our 10s reflect on their time at Corlears as they transition into young leaders of tomorrow. While graduation marks an important milestone for our 10s, this special event involves the entire school community. Students and parents from every age level join in to send the 10s on their way, and to honor the year they’ve spent together; looking back on the deep learning and growth that has transpired over the course of the school year. With musical performances from all ages, and touching speeches from the 10s, graduation is both a time of reflection and celebration.
The day of graduation is always one of excitement. The day begins with a parade from the school to the venue. Students line up along the street holding colorful banners that they have created. The 10s emerge last, greeted by cheers and applause. Samba musicians lead the parade as children, their families, teachers, and staff on the walk (and dance) from Corlears over to the Lab School where the ceremony is held. During this time, families and students have time to celebrate the excitement of graduation, as members of the wider Chelsea community join in. Each year, the energy that the Corlears community exudes during the parade proves to be infectious. Passersby take photos, dance along and join in the vibrant celebration along the city streets as the parade makes its way to its final destination.
At the Lab school, families and guests of the graduating class gather with the school community to enjoy a wonderful program. Music teacher César works with each age group, from the 2s to the 10s, to prepare special musical performances to be enjoyed by all. Interspersed with these performances are speeches written and delivered by each graduate. These speeches are a chance for the 10s to thank teachers and administrators who have impacted their time at Corlears, their families and loved ones who have supported them, and to share what they have learned throughout their education journey. Written by the 10s with their teacher Elif, the speeches are practiced and honed over the last weeks of school. Each speech is an opportunity for the graduates to show love and gratitude for their community, and for the audience to see the leaders these young people have grown into during their time at Corlears.
As the program comes to a close, the graduating class of 2018 receives their diplomas from head of school, David Egolf. Some students with alumni siblings receive their diplomas from their brothers or sisters, a tradition that extends back throughout Corlears history, and shows the tight-knit community of alumni families. The end of graduation brings with it new beginnings; the start of middle school for our 10s, as well as the beginning of summer for the whole community, as students bid their teachers and friends goodbye, and head into vacation with joyful anticipation and warm memories.
Graduation is the perfect way for the entire school community to celebrate the end of another successful year. As our 10s transition from leaders of the school to proud young alums, we also celebrate the growth of our entire student body as they all move into their next stages of learning. As we say goodbye to one school year, we look forward to the one ahead.