At this year’s Baccalaureate celebration on May 25, an intimate ceremony honoring the graduating seniors, Headmaster Peter Bachmann encouraged students, parents, families and friends to pause for reflection ahead of the “change…coming to the lives of everyone in this room as our relationships are forever altered by the joyous but emotionally complex ceremony of commencement.”
Deb Spera, parent of Ruth Spera ’19, shared her story with the audience, highlighting her unique path to her current role as novelist. Spera encouraged the students to not fear failure, but to learn from it: “To fail is, in and of itself, a strange success, because it means you’ve begun.”
The following day, the seniors and their families gathered at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for Commencement, where students were honored with awards, scholarships and recognition. The Class of 2019 is defined by its kindness, humor and community, and Bachmann lauded the graduates for being “all in.” The evening also saw speeches from Sinclaire Ledahl, the elected class speaker, Founders Trophy recipient Luke Stiles and Benton Trophy recipient Peter Mugemancuro, who all thanked their classmates, parents and the Prep community. Board Chair David Codiga also addressed the graduates, who included his daughters Hope ’19 and Sasha ’19.
As the Class of 2019 heads off to college, the Class of 2023 will soon begin their high school careers. On May 28, the 8th Grade Promotion and Middle School Awards ceremony included remarks from Board Vice Chair Kris Leslie (parent of Robbie ’16, Michael ’13 and Ryan ’11) and Gabi Varga, 8th grade class president. Faculty recognized the academic, civic and athletic achievements of the 7th and 8th graders with awards and honors.