Hyde-Woodstock Graduates 49 Students in Class of 2009

The class of 2009.
The class of 2009.

Woodstock, CT–Hyde School, a national leader in character-based education, held its 13th graduation on May 23 in the Hyde School Cultural Center. Forty-nine students graduated, 42 of whom delivered speeches to parents, family, and friends.

Speaking at commencement is one of the key features of Hyde’s character-development curriculum, and is the culmination of a student’s years of work at the school. Hyde graduates are given the opportunity to give a speech declaring their growth and vision for the future.

“The traditional view of graduation as both an ending and a new beginning are true at Hyde, yet most importantly it is a declaration of conscience expressed by each senior in a two-minute speech, which serves as a benchmark for his or her life,” said Head of School Laura Gauld. “Graduation is truly a time to enjoy the fruits of our labor as the seniors transform from students participating in a rigorous education to strong, graceful leaders. Watching returning alums share their journey and seeing generations of families basking in the gratitude is truly overwhelming.”

Watch Kathryn Pintauro’s senior speech.