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Forty-six students honored at graduation ceremony
The class of 2024 in front of the main building


Forty-six fifth graders joined the ranks of hundreds of Bright School alumni during the 111th graduation ceremony held on Friday, May 24, 2024.

Students Henry Shepperd, Grace Kennedy, Lily Crowder, Ryan Mahone, Elise Marx and Stella Reyes performed solos as guests found their seats. Dr. Bruce Perry, grandfather of graduate Grant Perry, opened the ceremony with an invocation.

Head of School Kristin Watts welcomed parents and guests and noted that, "I know these children are your most important gifts and you've shared them with us every day. We thank you for partnering with us and allowing us to be just a small part in your child's journey and in your family's journey."

The fourth and fifth grade combined handbell ensemble played two pieces followed by the traditional “Country Gardens,” performed by the fifth grade class.

Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Ann O’Brien spoke about the profound impact of Bright school, saying, “how lucky we are to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. Bright School is that something. How lucky we are to have shared these years together.”

A class gift of equipment for physical education classes was presented by Clark Anderson, Mykenzi McGraw and Stella Reyes. 

Spencer McCallie '49 speaks to students.

Before diplomas were presented, Bright School alumnus Spencer McCallie ‘49 shared some words of wisdom with soon-to-be graduates. He told students, “One of the lessons I learned over a long time was that thanking someone for something they had done for me or given me was good for me. It made those gifts even more important in my life if I thanked the people responsible for them. Thanking them made it all more real. You have received a lot of attention and caring from some very fine teachers. Your parents have provided a great experience for you. You should thank them.”

The ceremony concluded with the singing of the alma mater and a poem read by Truman Jonson, Grace Kennedy and Elise Marx.

A recording of the ceremony can be found at this link and photos are posted at this link.


The class of 2024 stand on the risers in the theater after receiving their diplomas.


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