On Sunday, June 6, Trinity Hall celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2021 with a graduation ceremony on campus. As Head of School Mary Sciarrillo remarked, "the Class of 2021 leaves a legacy of faith, respect, leadership, and most importantly, the ability to persevere."
Salutatorian Leighton Van Wagner '21, who will attend the University of Michigan, opened the ceremony with a prayer. The 68 graduates were then called to the stage to receive their diplomas ahead of speeches and recognitions.
This year, two members of the Class of 2021 were named co-valedictorians and shared remarks during the ceremony.
Caitlin Ramos '21, who will attend Stanford University, challenged her classmates to "appreciate the little moments, because they are what make life truly special. Enjoy every smile, every laugh, every small victory, and never take life too seriously. Go out and be a light to the world, using the skills and values that Trinity Hall has instilled within every one of us since day one."
Charlotte Walsh '21, who will attend Princeton University, recalled memories that the graduates have shared since their first days together. "The knowledge and experience that we’ve gained at Trinity Hall are no doubt thanks to the dedicated teachers and college counselors with whom we have formed strong relationships. Over the last four years, we have had the blessing...of learning a lot."
The graduates also heard from this year's commencement speaker, single-sex education advocate, accomplished corporate accountant, and founding trustee now vice chair, Miriam Tort.
"Keep searching for new ideas. I encourage you to take a class simply out of curiosity, attend speaking events, join clubs, and reach outside your comfort zone," shared Mrs. Tort. "Expanding your knowledge base can open doors in life that you didn't know existed. Everything necessary for a meaningful lifetime was not obtained during your four years here at Trinity Hall nor will it be in the next four years at college. Rather, my hope for you, Class of 2021, is that Trinity Hall has provided you with a foundational curiosity and has ignited in you a spark of passion for learning, upon which you will continue to build for the rest of your life."
The speakers also each shared gratitude for Mrs. Sciarrillo, who is "graduating" from Trinity Hall with the Class of 2021. At the end of the ceremony, Trinity Hall's fifth Founders Award was presented to Mrs. Sciarrillo in appreciation of her service to and impact on our community. The Founders Award serves to recognize members of the Trinity Hall community whose commitment to the success of Trinity Hall mirrors the dedication of the founders – Mairead and Sean Clifford and Victoria and Justin Gmelich. When recalling Mrs. Sciarrillo's initial commitment to leading Trinity Hall, Mrs. Clifford shared, "We prayed for her, and we were given a gift from God in Mary Sciarrillo."
Congratulations to Mrs. Sciarrillo and the Trinity Hall Class of 2021!
May the power of the Father
Lead and protect you;
May the wisdom of the Son
Teach and enlighten you;
May the love of the Holy Spirit
Renew and guide you;
May the blessing of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Be with you now and forever, Amen.