STURGIS GRADUATION: ‘Behind every ending is a perilous journey’

Date Published: 
June 8, 2012
Vincent DeWitt
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Sturgis graduates largest class ever
Vincent DeWitt photos for The Barnstable Patriot

FAMILY AFFAIR – Sturgis Charter Public School graduate Jonathan Earle has his picture taken with family members following the school's graduation ceremony in Aselton Park in Hyannis Sunday, June 3. The school graduated 91 students, largest in the school's history.

91 grads largest in school’s history

An overflowing audience applauded as 91 graduating seniors of Sturgis Charter School, the largest in the school’s history, walked in to a tent set up on the edge of Hyannis Harbor for the school’s 11th graduation ceremonies Sunday afternoon, June 3 at Aselton Park.

Marchers kept a hand on their mortarboards during gusty, partly cloudy and cool weather and, accompanied by a bagpipe, Sturgis Charter Public School’s graduation ceremony began.

 “Never, ever take an ending for granted because behind every ending is a perilous journey,” co-class graduation speaker Brianna Juaire said, adding that there would be challenges ahead for the class.

Co-class graduation speaker Anna Lieberman admitted to some procrastination in preparing her speech. “I put off this speech until the day it was due.” Her message was not delayed, however.

Lieberman compared her Sturgis school experience to a pointillism painting: tiny dots combined to make a whole. She exhorted her classmates to “breathe in the exhilarating moment” of their graduation ceremony.

Sturgis Charter Public School is ranked number one in Massachusetts and 15th in the nation, according toU.S. News & World Report, Executive Director Eric Hieser noted in his opening remarks. He attributed the school’s success to “students who think deeply” as well as hard work on the part of both students and faculty.

Heiser also read many students’ farewell letters to the school.

Throughout the ceremony, the value of the school’s International Baccalaureate program – the school’s motto is ‘IB for all,” – was mentioned by faculty and student speakers alike. Students start the program their freshman year and transition to the full IB curriculum their junior year. The program was noted in U.S. News & World Report’s article.

At the end of the graduation ceremony, Heiser shared a “high-five” with a graduate.

As part of school tradition, graduates signed the Sturgis log – they signed the left side of the book at the beginning of freshman year – in the right-hand column after receiving their diplomas.

They also placed a marble in a bowl next to school principal Paul Marble. The last graduate in line (based alphabetically), Daniel Zeoli, rang a ship’s bell and the new graduates marched in their recessional outside the tent to hugs and accolades.