Last week's graduation festivities officially began on Thursday afternoon with our annual softball game which ended in a win this year for the Class of 2018; what a way to kick off the celebration!
Thursday evening highlighted the academic and athletic achievements of the graduating class at our Sixth Form Awards Ceremony; more photos of this event can be found on our Smugmug page by clicking here and all details will appear in our summer printing of the Salisbury Magazine.
Though Graduation began with some confusion as we moved the ceremony indoors due to rain, guests and our graduates were soon focused on the words of Headmaster Chandler as he described his memories of the class throughout the last year and reminded them to savor this moment and to be grateful for their Salisbury experience and what it would do for them in their future.
Following Headmaster Chandler, School President Jack Souder '18 shared memories of his Hilltop days, Jack reflected on his class and their time at Salisbury. Chapel Talks, hikes in the woods, late night talks in the dormitories, Headmaster’s Holidays, Sarum Sprints and many other moments solidified the Salisbury Brotherhood. The strong sense of community and its importance in the lives of the young men who live, work and play here made this experience so meaningful to him and his classmates.
We were honored to hear from Dr. Leonard Teye-Botchway P'13, '15, '18 whose three sons attended Salisbury, including Addi, a member of the Class of 2018. Born and raised in Ghana, he is a renowned eye surgeon who resides and practices in Bermuda. Dr. Teye-Botchway shared stories of his education and career, encouraging the graduates to be patient, respectful and determined, approaching the world with gratitude and faith. He reflected “I am proof that early life experiences do not define you as a person, nor do they prevent you from following your dream. How you overcome your challenges and how you grow from them, is what will define the life you live. Randy Pausch explains that the brick walls are there for a reason. They are not there to keep you out-rather they are there to give you a chance to show how badly you want something.”
Congratulations to our graduates and their families! Please check out our website and social media over the coming days for details on ordering professional photographs of the entire graduation day of events and ceremonies.