Pamela Nwaoko ’06 by Allie Goodrich ’13 Gray skies, high humidity, and the random raindrop did little to dampen spirits on the Quad as members of the Class of 2018, friends, family, and faculty gathered to celebrate the 225th commencement exercises of Lawrence Academy. Throughout the morning, bittersweet tears, ear-to-ear smiles, and stoic faces of accomplishment (and the occasional selfie) punctuated the day, even before Head of School Dan Scheibe and peer-selected senior speakers AJ Mastrangelo and Jorie Van Nest greeted the Class of 2018 and the large crowd of beaming onlookers. “Two-hundred and twenty-five graduation exercises,” Scheibe reflected. “That is a lot of exercise; a two century-plus elm tree-shaded workout. “For me, all respect to speakers and prizes, [calling the seniors up by name] is the most energizing and most important part,” he added. “It is our mission-powered opportunity to recognize you — to call to mind the essential character as your physical presence is called up. With the diplomas, the responsibility becomes yours. So, one last time, we are inspired to ask: Who do you want to become?”
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