Bath, ME–Hyde School, a national leader in family-based character education, celebrated its 43rd commencement on Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. in the Joseph W. Gauld Student Life & Athletic Center located on the campus in Bath, Maine.
Forty-two seniors entered the packed gymnasium to the beat of bagpipes played by veteran Hyde School teacher Terry Walsh.
Hyde schools are known for their tradition of inviting graduating seniors who have met the character development requirements to deliver a speech during the commencement ceremony. Family members and loved ones stand in the audience during their student’s speech in recognition of the effort invested in character growth. This culminating event is one of the unique features of Hyde schools and has received national media recognition.
“The seniors this year have done a wonderful job leading the school,” says Head of School Don MacMillan. Their graduation speeches clearly reflected their commitment to themselves, their families, and their school.”
Senior Class Advisor Claire Grant concurs: “We are very proud of this year’s senior class—they led our school community with conscience, spirit and humility. They will begin their adult lives with a deep sense of purpose and vision, and we are excited to see what they will accomplish.”
Families and friends of graduates from across the country and around the world were in attendance. Speeches were given by Head of School, Don Macmillan and Director of Curriculum and Academics, Jeff Burroughs, among others.