Polytechnic School’s 2016 Commencement Exercises
Babcock Field was overflowing with family, friends, faculty, and staff as 87 seniors gathered to be honored with diplomas and officially conclude their time as Poly students on Thursday. Hale Integrity Prize recipient Allison Annick offered the invocation, after which Head of School John Bracker welcomed the seniors and their family and friends.
This year’s commencement speech was delivered by the seniors themselves. Ten students were randomly selected to deliver two-minute speeches telling the story of their Poly experience, classmates, and hopes for the future. With confidence and poise, the seniors took to the podium and reflected on how much they have grown individually and academically, and how their lives have been enriched and confidence fueled. The students spoke of Poly as their home, their classmates and teachers as family, and a shared pride knowing that Poly has prepared and nurtured them to be, unapologetically, who they are.
After diplomas were awarded, Faculty Appreciation Award recipient Jack Prater offered the benediction, before Bracker concluded the evening. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
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