"Who am I?" "Where am I going?" and "What do I need to do to get there?" are the essential questions we ask of Hyde's Seniors and Post Graduates as they close this chapter of their Hyde education. While most schools have a valedictorian address their class at commencement, Hyde School breaks the mold. The culmination of the senior and post graduate character education curriculum is the commencement speech given by each member of the graduating class. It serves as both the beginning of a new chapter in life and a reflection of their experience at Hyde School. Every graduating senior or post graduate gives a two-minute speech that is a declaration of their conscience, honors their family, and expresses their hope for the future.
"The traditional view of graduation as both an ending and a new beginning are true at Hyde School, yet most importantly, is is a declaration of conscience expressed by each senior and post graduate in a two-minute speech, which serves as a benchmark for their lives." - Laura Gauld, Head of School
In recognition of the significant commitment Hyde School families make to support their child through our Family Education program, parents also graduate from Hyde and receive a diploma of their own. When parents gather on the morning of commencement, those parents who have completed the parent curriculum receive their parent diploma. Rather than have the parents speak, we read a brief statement that their student writes about the important lessons and inspiration they have received from their parents. As these statements often indicate, our graduating seniors and post graduates are inspired when they observe their families striving to improve their character. It is a very moving tribute to the role that parents play as the primary teachers. At the conclusion of the parent graduation, we welcome those parents into the Hyde Alumni Parent Association (HAPA).