Celebrating Personal Growth and Academic Achievement
“To see what Wellsprings is all about, come to Graduation!” Again and again over the years, we - teacher, parent, Trustee, Head - have said this to people. Not only does Graduation represent the culmination of their high school years for all the graduates, our ceremony itself reflects and expresses what makes Wellsprings, Wellsprings!
Here is what one guest, not related to any of the graduates, wrote to us after attending a Wellsprings Graduation ceremony:
“It was the most moving, most joyful graduation event I had ever attended. I found myself crying off and on. I observed true caring and interest in life and learning by all those who spoke and participated….It was empowering. Thank you.”
Graduation at Wellsprings is not an assembly line process. As in everything we do during the year - classes, field trips, community meetings, special events - it is humanized and individualized. What stands out as you experience the event is the time when one by one, a teacher will talk about an individual student. You can see several snapshots of those moments on this page. The other element that makes Graduation so special is that we invite anyone in the audience to speak from their hearts. Parents, siblings, friends, relatives… all get a chance, if they wish, to share their thoughts and feelings.
You might also note in the photos that there is no uniformity in the style of dress of the graduates. Some are wearing cap and gown (in any color they like), others are dressed in their own special way. The students choose. After all, it’s their day.
“It was the best graduation I have ever attended!” commented LouAnne Johnson, Wellsprings 2008 Commencement speaker, author of Dangerous Minds and numerous other books on education.
Three students comprised the first Graduating class in 1996. Since then, almost 300 students have completed high school at Wellsprings, many of whom never would have graduated without us.