一个独特的 & 改变人生的经验
大四 at Hyde is a chance for student’s to step up and take leadership of the school, while stepping back and looking inward to assess where they are, 他们已经走了多远, 他们要去哪里.
We are proud of what our students have accomplished, and eager to see them continue on to lead lives of integrity and meaning.
Graduation represents both an ending and a new beginning. 在海德, it’s also a time to make a statement of conscience. Speaking at commencement is one of the key features of Hyde’s character-development curriculum, and is the culmination of a student’s years of work at the school. Every graduating senior gives a two-minute speech that gives thanks, 尊重他或她的家庭, and expresses hope for the future.
“The traditional view of graduation as both an ending and a new beginning are true at Hyde, 然而,最重要的是, 这是一个 declaration of conscience expressed by each senior in a two-minute speech, which serves as a benchmark for his or her life,” says Head of School Laura Gauld.
A Selection of 2021 Senior Speeches
Note: click the links below to see all the highlighted speeches.
Laura Gauld commented on the alumni who come to the ceremonies, many celebrating reunions. “Watching returning alums share their journey and seeing generations of families basking in the gratitude is truly overwhelming.”
We hope you’ll enjoy learning more about this exceptional group of students, and how Hyde prepares students to succeed in college and for the rest of their lives.
Parents who participate in the family education program have an opportunity to graduate with a Hyde Parent Diploma on the morning of their child’s commencement.
在海德, we consciously seek to offer character-forming experiences so that our students and parents can work together for personal and family growth. The academic year concludes with a poignant graduation ceremony where each graduate speaks for two minutes as their family stands in the audience. 在这之前, there is a breakfast ceremony on graduation morning where parents who have completed the Family Education Program receive their own diplomas.
Rather than having the parents speak, we read a brief citation that their children, 的毕业生, 为他们写了什么. The following examples were read at a recent graduation:
爸爸, from the ASU football games we attended together when I was a little girl, to you coaching all my soccer teams in elementary school, to now – I will always be grateful that you have been one of my biggest support systems. Our relationship hasn’t always been strong, but I believe you and I have worked hard, 特别是今年, 彼此坦诚相待. This is the reason we have become close again. 你的诚实激励了我.
Mom, I am so proud of the person you have become over the last couple of years. You came to Hyde a worried, timid mother who never focused on herself. You are leaving a strong, confidant woman who works on herself. You’ve inspired me to trust in myself and my abilities to lead others.
爸爸, you have been the best example for me of how to have a vision and go for it. Your wisdom as a man is something I try to absorb and practice as I grow into my independence as an adult. I don’t have to look very far for motivation or inspiration in my pursuit of success.
正如这些语句所表明的, our kids are inspired when they observe us striving to improve our own character. They are inspired less by our accomplishments and more by our own efforts to face the unknown in ourselves. They are moved when we tackle a personal challenge with an uncertain outcome, and when we strive to better ourselves as people.
Parents are the primary teachers and the home is the primary classroom.