The first class to graduate under the shade of a huge tent overlooking our lovely waterfront, as well as the beneficiaries of a last lecture from retiring faculty member Bruce Cobbold for Baccalaureate, and a rousing Commencement Address by Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the Boston Marathon, the Class of 2014 went out in fine fashion.
Mr. Cobbold kicked off the festivities by sharing some enlightening stories about how far Tabor has come through the five decades of his tenure, and then challenged the graduates to go forth with the idea of pursuing a broad education, making the distinction between job training and education. He represented Tabor impeccably as always, and I hope you will take the time to read his speech both for the history lesson as well as for its timely and wise words in the face of the debate about the future of a college education and its value.
The Commencement Address by Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the Boston Marathon, was riveting and fun. He shared with us his view that success can be found by showing up, doing what we say we are going to do, working hard in an area that lights us up, and persisting in our goals. His speech can be viewed below.
The Class also enjoyed hearing from their student leader, McKinley Halpern-Reiss ’14. Mac shared his affection for his classmates, his school and his faculty, and all the experiences he has shared with the community. He urged the class to stick together for their mutual benefit, and for Tabor’s. His moving speech is below.
Finally, many awards and moments of applause were enjoyed followed by the awarding of diplomas. The traditional recessional of the students walking through two rows of their beloved faculty was the tearjerker it always is.
It is hard to say goodbye. Each and every year, we can’t imagine what our school will be like without the incredible talents of the senior class. But what is so wonderful is that there are eager juniors ready and willing to assume the leadership roles, and to promote the spirit and fun the seniors have been responsible for…until now! 2015 awaits: we can’t wait to see what will unfold!