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In 2017 Commencement Speeches, Students Share Experiences and Advice for the Future
Posted 06/08/2017 01:17PM

Over the past week, Rowland Hall celebrated twelfth-, eighth-, and fifth-grade graduations. At each ceremony, students spoke to their classmates, families, and friends about their experiences at Rowland Hall, and shared advice for the future.

Eighth-grader Rory Beals hoped his peers could learn to laugh at themselves, and deal with mistakes in a constructive manner. Several fifth-graders thanked teachers, parents, and friends for their support and encouragement, and expressed excitement about what awaits them in Middle School. Valedictorian Lena Chan '17 compared the upcoming journeys of her fellow seniors to those of world travelers, both "vulnerable and optimistic." She told them: "Whatever you do in the following years, from attending university to traveling to fulfilling your dreams elsewhere, remember this—there is no such thing as a final destination."

You can read the full text of all the student speeches here.


Spontaneously breaking out into a 1955 school song on the old Avenues Campus. Hearing Rowmark Ski Academy co-founder Olle Larsson's distinctive guffaw. Dancing the night away on the McCarthey Campus. A record-breaking 1,200 community members attended Rowland Hall's Sesquicentennial Kickoff Weekend September 8-9 to celebrate—and make—school history through a series of unforgettable, hilarious, and heartwarming moments spread over six events.
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Late this past spring, two members of the Rowland Hall community added publication credits to their resumes. Annie Barton, Middle School academic dean, and Wendell Thomas, director of curriculum and instruction, published a feature article about Rowland Hall's Mission-Based Grading program in Independent School magazine. The issue focused on the changing landscape of education, and Rowland Hall's four-year-old project tackling grading reform in the Middle School was perfect subject matter.
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Media executive and philanthropist Dr. John C. Malone and his family started the foundation in 1997 to enable motivated students to attain scholarships to top independent schools, according to the foundation website. These students must also demonstrate financial need—without the Malone Scholarship, they'd lack the resources to attend an independent school. At Rowland Hall, the $2 million endowment each year provides a total of $100,000 in scholarships for six students in grades seven through twelve. Once a student earns a Malone Scholarship, it follows them through their Rowland Hall career. Since 2011, the program has helped 12 Winged Lions attend our institution.
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