Penny B. Evins Commencement Speech
On Friday, June 7, Head of School Penny Evins welcomed graduates, faculty, family members, and special guests, and shared her final graduation address and wish for the Class of 2019.
"Yes, I want you to continue taking healthy risks, to write thank you notes, leave it better, no matter what it is and to remain connected with each other, your families and SPSG; however, what I want to impress upon you in this final talk from me is something simple, yet overlooked," she said. "Ladies, Class of 2019, keep your eyes on your heart. As you go forth and pursue more excellence and opportunities in your lives, please make space for feelings. Claiming what you need to feel —which is not always "happy" and Insta-perfect— is a sign of maturity and wisdom. It is what you need as you turn toward the big work you have ahead of you—life after SPSG."
"Ladies, Class of 2019, keep your eyes on your heart."
– Penny B. Evins
Watch the video here.
Maggie Frederick '19, Class of 2019 Student Speaker
Thirty-two years after her mother, Tessa Laspia Frederick '87, served as the very first senior graduation speaker at SPSG, Maggie Frederick '19 was selected by her classmates to speak on behalf of the Class of 2019. She spoke of their journey throughout years at SPSG, whether joining the class in Middle or Upper School, the bonds which grew stronger with each shared milestone, and the sisterhood they will carry with them into the future.
"Even though there are three decades between my mom's class and our own, so much has stayed consistent. My mom said in her speech that St. Paul's gave her class a certain closeness and sense of well-being that cannot be forgotten, which remains true today. The community at SPSG truly feels like a second home, and we are grateful for everything St. Paul's has done for us."
"The community at SPSG truly feels like a second home..."
– Maggie Frederick '19
Watch the video here.
The Harper Graduation Garden
Each year, seniors and their parents participate in the funding of a special Senior Gift. This year, the Class of 2019 and their families contributed over $85,000, half of which was used to enhance the Harper Graduation Garden. Renovations included replacement of the risers and stage, along with improvements to landscaping and hardscaping. The result is a truly stunning space in which the Class of 2019 celebrated their Graduation ceremony ––and future SPSG classes will celebrate–– for years to come.