On Friday, June 2nd, The Kildonan School graduated 10 seniors surrounded by their families, friends, classmates, alumni and teachers. It was a beautiful sunny day as the graduates walked across campus in the graduation processional that included Kildonan faculty members and guest speakers. Graduate Annabel Sharrin led the audience in singing "The Star Spangled Banner" followed by Rabbi Jon Haddon of Congregation Beth David in Amenia giving the Invocation.
The Graduation Address was delivered by Ms. Ptahra Jeppe, a dyslexia advocate and current law student attending Syracuse University. Ms. Jeppe spoke to her personal struggle in school, dealing with her dyslexia and an educational system ill-equipped to meet her needs. She went on to become a diligent honor student, but still had to fight for accommodations in college and then law school. Ms. Jeppe is a very active advocate for dyslexia rights for students, and continues to work toward changing legislation in New York State and the country.
Performances were given by Bernardo Mongil on guitar performing "What a Wonderful Life," tutor Marea Van Tilburg singing "Forever Young," and Dean of Student Life Karl Oppenheimer singing "Hallelujah." Musical accompaniment was given by music teachers Michael Klvana and Johan Narsjo.
Diplomas were handed out by Headmaster Kevin Pendergast and Director of Language Training Kathleen Stewart. Following the ceremony, the graduates took down the American flag and replaced it with a new one, then threw their caps into the air to mark their final chapter as Kildonan students. They now join our proud family of Kildonan alumni, ready to fly off to college and soar. We wish them well and look forward to following them wherever their paths may lead. The Kildonan School will always be their home.
The Kildonan School
Graduating Class of 2017
Salvatore Ralph Agnello
William Wilson Daffin III
Santiago Bertello Franco
Courtney M. Jones
Juan Ignacio Narváez Muñoz-Rojas
Annabel Jane Sharrin
Nathaniel James Shortall
Jacob Thomas Sullivan
Christopher Paul Tarpinian