After all the fun of Prom and Senior Week, it is at last time turn to the serious matter of recognizing achievement this year at Tabor. At Prize Day this afternoon, we celebrated the academic, athletic, artistic, and community achievements of the full Tabor community. Tomorrow, all our focus will be on the seniors as we celebrate the Class of 2019 at Commencement.
Starting at 10:00 AM, Tabor Academy will graduate 140 students from around the country and around the world. The graduates hail from 17 states and 11 countries. The Class of 2019 has enjoyed many accomplishments this year which will be celebrated with prizes for graduates from scholarship awards to book prizes. Each of the graduates is on their way to exciting plans in college at home or abroad in the year ahead, and 28 will be inducted into the Cum Laude Society, a recognition society for high scholastic achievement among member schools.
For a student to earn membership in the Tabor Cum Laude Chapter, he or she must rank in the top 20% of the graduating class and have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.8 or better by April of the senior year in a rigorous, challenging, and full course of study that includes advanced-level courses in both the junior and senior years. A candidate's school citizenship and moral character are considered as well. Please see a list of inductees here.
After Baccalaureate this evening, Commencement Exercises will take place at 10:00 AM under the Grand Tent along Sippican Harbor. The graduates and their families will enjoy an expansive view, matching the endless possibilities stretched out before our graduates. The program includes musical performances as well as speeches from the student Co-Heads of School, Sophie Browning and Owen Sughrue, the Head of School John Quirk, and Chairman of the Board of Trustee, Carmine A. Martignetti ’71. The Commencement Speaker is Kelli McSweeny, a retiring English teacher who has served Tabor for 29 years.
Kelli McSweeny has contributed across Tabor from the language department, where she taught Russian for many years, to Admissions, and most recently, as an English teacher. Her enthusiasm for teaching and coaching, and her commitment to the girls on her teams and in the dorm has made her a mentor to many students across the decades. She is a caring colleague and friend, and both our students and faculty appreciate her commitment to their growth and success. The student’s affection for McSweeny was recognized today at Prize Day when the Class of 2019 awarded her the Matthew Houlihan Faculty Award. There is no doubt the audience will be eager for the last lesson McSweeny has planned for us.
As Tabor celebrates the many talents, contributions, and achievements of the Class of 2019, over 2000 well-wishers, family, friends, and alumni will be on hand to send the class off with thanks and best wishes to all.
Please join in the celebration tomorrow at 10:00 AM on the Waterfront.
With the persistence of environmental change, people across the world are experimenting daily with different adaptive methods on the ground. With support from National Geographic and The Redford Center, filmmaker Alizé Carrère has been documenting innovative human adaptations in places such as Madagascar, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, Norway and the United States. From floating farms in Bangladesh to ice pyramids in the Himalayas, these stories reveal incredible ingenuity and resourcefulness in the face of environmental adversity. Alizé shares her experiences from the field looking at these unique examples of human adaptation, reminding us of the most important trait that has allowed for our continued survival on earth.
Join us for this free lecture in the Stroud Academic Center's Lyndon South Auditorium at 242 Front Street, Marion.
Please join the Tabor Academy choristers for a traditional holiday concert of Christmas music on December 15 at 7:30 PM in Wickenden Chapel, 86 Spring Street, Marion, MA. The event is free and open to the public. The concert will be live-streamed on the Tabor Academy Facebook page.