Sunday, June 5, 2017
Today I watched the members of the Emma Willard Class of 2017 become Emma alumni. It was such a special moment celebrated outside on the lawn in inner campus. The girls looked absolutely stunning in their white and creme colored dresses decorated with crimson-colored roses and elegant wreaths. American journalist, Joel Stein (the spouse of an Emma alumna), gave one hell of a commencement address. He had us Emma Girls laughing and some parents and faculty members wincing in their seats. Find his work in Time Magazine. Fahima delivered a tear-jerking and truly inspirational speech; she is going to rule the world someday. It was so nice seeing my ring sisters, Maddy and Sasha, along with other close friends from the senior class. I remember them as freshmen and sophomores new to Mt. Ida. And now they’re off to college, just like we were a year ago. Sitting next to Nicki, Téa, and Sosie during the ceremony made it feel as though we walked the halls of Slocum and Weaver not too long ago. The anticipation leading up to the wailing wall and distribution of the diplomas a year ago was beyond nerve racking and intimidating. But we survived and have thrived since; our Emma chapters are officially over, and we have moved on with our lives outside of the comforting grey walls. So much has already happened within a school year, and so much will continue to happen at Emma and wherever life takes us. Luckily, Emma will always be there to welcome us home.
Congratulations, Class of 2017. You’ve worked unbelievably hard and will always owe your tenacity, confidence, and friendships to Emma. “Oh, the places you’ll go.” xo ~ e.