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Hats off to the Class of 2018: Seniors graduate at Mountain Winery

The class of 2018 graduated at the Mountain Winery yesterday surrounded by family, friends, teachers and alumni.

May 25, 2018

Kathy Fang
Instrumental music teacher Christopher Florio conducts the processional at graduation yesterday afternoon. This year’s graduation ceremony was held at Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

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Kristin LeBlanc (’18) walks down the aisle during the processional ceremony. Graduation was held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. yesterday at the Mountain Winery amphitheater in Saratoga.

Nicole Chen
Computer science teacher Susan King walks down the aisle during the processional ceremony at graduation yesterday afternoon.

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Members of the Graduation Chorus sing the national anthem to open this year’s graduation ceremony. The choir was a combination of Bel Canto, Camerata, Cantilena, and Downbeat.

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Valedictorian Andy Semenza (’18) delivers his address at the graduation ceremony yesterday. Andy’s speech encouraged students to embrace imperfection as a source of genius.

Nicole Chen
Graduates Alan Jiang, Krishna Bheda, Adriano Hernandez, Millie Lin, Praveen Batra and Karina Butani join the Graduation Chorus in singing the song “Time of Your Life” by Green Day.

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Keynote speaker Tanya Schmidt (’08) delivers a speech to the Class of 2018 at the graduation ceremony yesterday. Tanya, a Ph.D. student in the English department at New York University, spoke about her experiences choosing a major in college and playing professional volleyball in Europe.

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Abha Patkar (’18), along with fellow graduates, listens to speaker Tanya Schmidt (’08) at the graduation ceremony yesterday, which lasted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Rose Guan (11), incoming president of the National Honor Society takes a pledge at the graduation ceremony yesterday.

Nicole Chen
Head of School Brian Yager delivers a farewell address to the Class of 2018 yesterday during graduation. In his speech, Yager spoke about the economics of success and stressed the importance and value of love.

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Liana Wang (’18) receives her diploma from Head of School Brian Yager as they pose for a picture onstage.

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Michael Kwan (’18) crosses the stage after receiving his diploma to take a picture with Upper School Division Head Butch Keller during this year’s graduation ceremony, which was held yesterday afternoon at Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

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Graduate Sahil Kapur celebrates onstage after receiving his diploma from Head of School Brian Yager. This year’s graduation ceremony was held form 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

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Eleanor Xiao (’18) high fives 2018 class dean Victor Adler during the graduation ceremony yesterday. Adler read out the graduates’ names as they received their diploma onstage.

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Miranda Larsen (’18) moves her tassel from the right side of her cap to the left, symbolizing the transition from student to graduate.

Nicole Chen
Head of School Brian Yager and Assistant Head of School Jennifer Gargano release doves to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2018 at the end of the ceremony.


Prior to the graduation ceremony, the Class of 2018 and the juniors attended the Baccalaureate ceremony, where Dolan Dworak (’18) and history teacher Julie Wheeler made speeches.

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Taylor Kohlmann (’18) walks into the Baccalaureate ceremony along with the rest of the Class of 2018. The ceremony honored graduating seniors and welcomed the current junior class as the new “leaders of the school.”

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History teacher and Baccalaureate faculty speaker Julie Wheeler waits as Upper School Division Head Butch Keller introduces her during Wednesday evening’s Baccalaureate ceremony.

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Baccalaureate speaker Dolan Dworak (’18) addresses the Classes of 2018 and 2019 during Wednesday’s ceremony. Dolan encouraged his peers to take new chances and embrace the coming challenges, alluding to Barnacle goslings on the Norwegian coastline as an allegory for graduation.

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