Congratulations, Class of 2018!

When we talk about what makes Speyer the magical place it is, we don't have to work hard to do this. We just have to look at the Class of 2018. At their graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 5, they shared their thoughts about what makes Speyer, well, Speyer and gave some rather inspirational advice to future Speyer graduates in attendance…and, really, all of us.

Here is just a snippet of what a few of them had to say about Speyer:  
You take for granted the next year and the next until there aren't any more years left at Speyer and all you can do is reflect and thank those who made those years memorable. — Celia C.
 
Speyer embraces differences...No matter who you are, or who you want to be, the Speyer community accepts that, and helps you to be yourself. Everyone is weird…Speyer has truly been an unforgettable experience for both of us, and we are honored to call it our home. — Lara S. and Jackson M.
 
School is about learning academics, and Speyer is absolutely amazing at that. But at Speyer I have found another type of learning as well: learning from the people around you. Everybody here was a little piece of me that I never knew existed. Having so many role models around me made it much easier to find myself. — Clifford S.
 
Though, at times, you may believe that you are powerless and afraid, know that your heart will always lead you in the right direction, no matter what the circumstance. When you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Let's live our lives in such a way that when the time comes for you to move on, the world cries while you rejoice for everything you've accomplished. — Haruki I. and Max L.
 
I will never forget my time here. I have learned so much; for every formula, I learned something about myself and the people around me…We are the first graduating class to go the full ride, K-8. We are the first full book! — Sarafina B.

Some of them were our first-ever Kindergarteners. 
Some of them came a little later to Speyer.
ALL of them are the Class of 2018.

Walking along the stage, shaking hands with and giving hugs to Ms. Cristella, Mr. Deards, Connie Burton, Dr. Esther Kogan, and Dr. Tischler, the members of the Class of 2018 carried more than a leather-bound diploma — they also carried lasting memories, true friendships, and a boundless determination to show the world just what it means to be a Speyer graduate.

They are leaving us. To tackle as-of-yet unchartered paths. We send these 33 amazing young women and men off with the words author Neil Gaiman from his commencement speech for the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2012:

"And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here."

Congratulations, Class of 2018!