10:30 am Graduation Tree

Graduating from Oakwood Friends School is a unique, week-long rite of passage that culminates in our Commencement Ceremony. There are three separate Meetings for Worship expressly devoted to providing the community with a sense of closure: one to address the whole school community, one to address advisors and advisory groups, and one to address families and close friends. Seniors spend the week prior to Commencement providing volunteer services both for the school and other locations in the larger Poughkeepsie area. Over the course of the senior retreat, a weekend of bonding and reflection, each member of the senior class prepares a speech to be delivered during Friday’s Commencement proceedings, traditionally taking place under our Copper Beech tree.

The ceremony itself is a community event. Faculty, staff, and underclassmen process to their seats where they remain together throughout Commencement. Music is provided by underclassmen, the newly elected student clerk leads the group in a centering moment of silence, and additional speeches are presented by both our Board President and Head of School. Graduates are given one last opportunity to speak from the heart and again address the entire community of teachers, faculty, fellow students, and family. These speeches often demonstrate deeply personal feelings of gratitude, inspirational words of young wisdom, and expressions of the pride found in completing the work of high school.

The 2017 Oakwood Friends School Commencement will be held on Friday, June 9, @ 10:30 am rain or shine. Lunch will be provided following the ceremony for all students and their families. Day students dismissal is @ 2:00 p.m. Boarders in need of staying Friday night should contact Sara Sandstorm, Dean of Students and Residential Life ssandstrom@oakwoodfriends.org ssandstrom@oakwoodfriends.org

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