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Class of 2024 Commencement: Celebrating Our World-Ready Graduates
Class of 2024 Commencement: Celebrating Our World-Ready Graduates

On Saturday, June 8, Viewpoint’s 110 seniors were joined by their proud families, friends, and faculty members on Ring Family Field, where cheers, tears, and applause filled the air as they moved their tassels from right to left, symbolizing the end of their Upper School experience and the beginning of their extraordinary futures.

Head of School Mark McKee welcomed attendees with inspiring remarks, setting the tone for a memorable celebration. 

“We are filled with pride, delight, happiness, and joy as we celebrate these fine young people. We are honored to celebrate them this day, the highest holiday of our academic year,” shared McKee. “The mission of our school is to create exceptional readiness for extraordinary futures. Graduates, you’ve not only fulfilled, you’ve exceeded that mission. You are exceptional, and your careers here have been extraordinary.”

Honoring a cherished tradition of inviting distinguished alumni to deliver a keynote address to its Upper School graduates, Viewpoint School announced Dr. Anjali Tripathi, Class of 2005’s Valedictorian and NASA’s Exoplanet Ambassador, as its commencement speaker for the Class of 2024. Dr. Tripathi's speech recounted the challenges she faced as a young professional, emphasizing the transformative power of resilience amidst uncertainty.

"I was younger than others in my cohort by more than a decade," she recounted, "but just getting the job didn't magically make everything fall into place. It was a life-changing process."

Recalling a pivotal moment in her career, Dr. Tripathi shared, "Sitting in the White House, I was given a blank piece of paper and asked what we should do with $150 billion. There's no manual for working in the White House, or for being an adult. You have to make things happen.” With determination and collaboration, she transformed the blank canvas into bipartisan support for critical issues like climate change.

"Your calendars and everything before you may seem empty, but that's where the freedom lies," Tripathi encouraged the graduating class. "Embrace the unknown, adapt, and prepare yourselves for what comes next."

The ceremony also featured several performances, including a rendition of "September" by the Upper School Wind Ensemble, a heartfelt performance of "Seasons of Love" by the talented Upper School Concert Choir, and "I Dreamed a Dream" by the Twelfth Grade Strings.

During the commencement, Head of Upper School Alan Howie presented Jessica Cao ’24 with the Arthur B. O’Leary Award. Established in 1986 by Viewpoint’s Board of Trustees, this award honors the school's most outstanding senior. The faculty selected recipient exemplifies the qualities that Viewpoint strives to develop in its students service to others, academic accomplishment, positive spirit, and good character.

Following the award presentation, Valedictorian Julianna Hughes ’24 stepped onto the stage, urging her fellow graduates to harness their talents in service of a brighter future.

“Viewpoint places a strong emphasis on making its students world-ready, and the education we’ve received is one of the strongest I can imagine. For that, I am grateful,” shared Hughes. “We’ve finished high school, and now we’ll take 110 different paths to 110 different places. With all that we’ve learned and all that we’ve gained, we’re all in a position to achieve greatness.”

Congratulations to our 2024 graduates! May you continue to embark on your unique journeys with courage and determination, making a positive impact wherever you go. The recording of the ceremony is now available for viewing here.

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