The Montessori School of Raleigh celebrated its second graduating class, the Class of 2021, with a commencement ceremony on Friday, June 4, at 5 p.m.
The graduates - Colin Dailey, Nicholas Fenton, Emma Finley, Julia Robinson, and Nicole Viscomi - were recognized and celebrated during the in-person event in the school's Lead Mine Campus gymnasium. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the event was limited to the graduates, their immediate family members, Upper School faculty, and administrators.
The commencement program included a welcome from Head of School Monica Rodriguez, senior speeches from each of the five graduates, and a commencement address from guest speaker MSR alumna and former MSR trustee Leigh Barnwell '02. Head of Middle and Upper School James Taylor shared a reflection on Upper School traditions, introduced each graduate, and led the conferring of diplomas. MSR Board President Krystin Knox offered words of congratulations. The induction of the members of the Class of 2021 into the Alumni Council, was followed by the school song "In Our Quest," a senior slide show, and the closing benediction by Ms. Rodriguez.
The members of the Class of 2021 will be heading to colleges and universities across the country this fall including Elon University in North Carolina, James Madison University in Virginia, Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, San Jose State University in California, and The New School in New York City.
Congratulations to MSR's Class of 2021!
In an earlier ceremony for the graduating class, each of the seniors received the following awards:
- Nicole Viscomi: Gracious Collaborator Award For bringing our friends and community together; for inspiring harmony, cooperation, and common purpose; for bringing out the best and inspiring each person around you to grow and learn together.
- Julia Robinson: Poised Communicator Award For outstanding achievements in letters and communications, for poised and eloquent speech, and persuasive and incisive written composition.
- Emma Finley: Visionary Artist Award For imaginative and visionary work across multiple media disciplines, through which the audience receives inspiration to reflect on the deeper truths of life and our world.
- Nick Fenton: The Maria Montessori Peace Award For exemplary modeling of the attitudes, skills, and actions needed to live in harmony with oneself, with others in the community, and with our natural environment.
- Colin Dailey: Leadership Award For exceptional leadership through words, action, and example; for making significant, positive, enduring impacts on your classmates, faculty, and the entire community; for embodying the role of teacher, motivator, inspirer, and leader.