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Baccalaureate kicks off graduation festivities

Eshaan Mani
Seniors process across the stage of the Arena Theater during the baccalaureate ceremony.

Seniors beamed in their graduation regalia as they strode across the stage to “The Prince of Denmark’s March” on May 19 to kick off the baccalaureate ceremony. 

Baccalaureate, as Head of School Mr. Jonathan Eades explained, originated at Oxford University in 1432 as a religious ceremony where students would deliver sermons in Latin.

“Don’t worry seniors, we won’t ask you to do that today,” Mr. Eades said, to laughter from the audience. “Over time, the original focus on religion that marked the speeches at baccalaureate diminished or expanded to interfaith subjects. This service is highly symbolic as it marks both an ending and a new beginning for our soon-to-be graduates.”

Encore’s performance of “Omnia Sol” and a duet by seniors Ben Evans and Drew Adler followed Mr. Eades’ address. Then, the student speaker, senior Pierce Markowitz, was invited on stage. 

In his speech, Markowitz emphasized not taking oneself too seriously, learning from mistakes and being open to new opportunities.

“As we move forward into college, it’s important that we keep things in perspective,” he said.

Mr. Adam Holt, middle school English teacher and Kinkaid’s faculty poet laureate, read a poem at baccalaureate as well. 

After the historic storms the week prior, the ceremony was held on Kinkaid’s third day without power, Wi-Fi and air conditioning, so the ceremony was relocated to the Arena Theater.

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Eshaan Mani
Eshaan Mani, Editor-in-Chief
Eshaan Mani serves as the editor-in-chief of The Falcon. This is his fourth year on staff. When not 'journalizing,' Eshaan is championing World Update Club and South Asian Heritage Club, managing his wellness website WellBase, shooting or watching films, listening to Bollywood music, spending time with friends on campus, or playing an Indian drum called the dhol. 

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