Twenty-three members of the Class of 2017 graduated on Tuesday evening, June 13, at the George School Meetinghouse. Head of School, Dana Harrison, faculty, parents, grandparents, and students enjoyed a traditional Quaker meeting service. The ceremony included musical performances by members of the class, and readings in which students shared a “small moment” they had written that captured a particular memory from their years at the school. One student recalled a field trip to Pennsbury Manor her class took during their second grade year, which became a life-changing event for her, as she has volunteered there on weekends, taking care of the animals, for the past several years. Several students described how much they appreciate the teachers at NFS, because the teachers had allowed them to be themselves, wanted each student to succeed, and made them feel loved. Another theme that ran through the small moments was friendship, and the inclusive and accepting community they found at the school. The evening culminated with the presentation of diplomas.
In his remarks to the graduates, Head of School, Dana Harrison focused on the importance of preparing students for a globally, interconnected world. He closed by saying, “As I look at your whole class here tonight, together at school for the last time, I see in your eyes excitement, readiness, some sadness, and joy for what lies ahead. As you venture forth from these Quaker walls, I wish you all the best, and ask that you come back and see us every now and then.”
The 23 graduates who hail from Doylestown, Feasterville, Langhorne, Lawrenceville, Newtown, Richboro, Wrightstown, and Yardley will continue their education at some of the finest independent college preparatory and public high schools in the area.
Eleven of the graduates will be attending George School, and their classmates will also enroll at The Lawrenceville School, Peddie School, The Pennington School, Princeton Day School, Solebury School, Holy Ghost Preparatory School, Villa Joseph Marie High School, Central Bucks, New Hope Solebury High School, and Pennsbury High School.