St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School celebrated the Commencement of 108 graduates on June 8.
Graduates celebrated their achievements, friendships, and experiences at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes during their Commencement ceremony held on June 8 on the grounds of Virginia Theological Seminary.
In addressing her classmates, Valedictorian Elizabeth Cady ’19 wanted them all to know that it’s ok to not know everything yet. “I think we’re great because of the fact that we are still very much figuring things out. I think we’re great because most of us know nothing about taxes, or insurance deductibles, or even how to iron a button-down shirt. And yes, while eventually, we will need to know how to do those things, right now it’s okay to still be the 17-year-old girl who leaves her socks on the floor. And as we go off into the world and begin to actually figure out our lives, I ask that you don’t completely abandon that version of yourself. Remember to still hold onto the memories and lessons you’ve gained from your time here….It’s been a pleasure to take this journey with you. I look forward to seeing what you do as you move on to bigger things, and I congratulate you for all the big things you’ve done while at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School. It’s time to go forward, but don’t forget to look back.”
At Upper School Prize Day, Elizabeth received The Salisbury Cup, The Michalot Cup, and The Marjorie M. Norris Award. She will be attending Middlebury College in the fall.
The SSSAS Class of 2019 was collectively accepted to more than 170 colleges and universities, including Ivy League and many other highly selective institutions. Academic honors include three National Merit Finalists, ten commended scholars, and 22 seniors inducted into the Cum Laude Society. Twenty-four athletes will be continuing with their sports at the collegiate level, representing eight sports.
The Commencement speaker was Glenn L. Archer III, Class of 1982. Glenn currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Fusion Center Association where he represents the interests of the Department of Homeland Security recognized Fusion Centers. Glenn also served for over 15 years in the Virginia Air National Guard and the United States Air Force Reserves as an F-16 pilot. He is a graduate of the Academy of Military Science and a TopGun at the Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training Program. Additionally, he received his Bachelor’s degree from Yale University. Glenn has served on the SSSAS Alumni Association Board since 2010 and is finishing his third term as the Alumni Association Board President this year. Glenn and his wife Jenny have two children, Nate, Class of 2014 and Samantha, Class of 2016, and reside in Alexandria, Virginia.
In his address to the graduates, he gave advice for college and beyond. “I believe that in order for you and your class to reach greatness you must be passionate about what you want, you have to persevere despite the curveballs life throws at you, and you have to be willing to serve the communities that have served you so well. Those three: passion, perseverance, and service will make you great.”
Head of School Kirsten Adams, Chair of the Board of Governors R. Philip Herget III, and Upper School Director Michael Mallett presented the graduates with their diplomas. The ceremony included a performance by the Senior Chorale and the annual bagpipe recession. The ceremony was followed by a reception for the community on the Upper School campus.
The SSSAS faculty, staff, administrators, family, and friends celebrate the accomplishments of the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School Class of 2019 and look forward to hearing of their future successes!