9:30 – 11:30 AM
Students, Families, Faculty, and Staff
This is the official last day of school. Students are expected and families are strongly encouraged to attend. Awards are given out and after the program, students collect yearbooks, exam results, and copies of Resonance, the student literary magazine. Buses run their normal routes, but the schedule is adjusted to pick up students one hour later than usual. Buses leave Falmouth Academy at 12:30 PM. Dress code applies.
Seniors arrive at 3 PM, Graduation 4-5 PM, Reception 5-6 PM
Open to all
Gymnasium; followed by a reception on the front lawn or in Morse Hall (weather depending)
Families and guests are invited to peruse the senior self-portraits exhibit hung in the Class of 2009 Gallery as they make their way to the gymnasium for graduation. During graduation, the Valedictorian and Class President speak; in lieu of a guest speaker, each student presents a peer reference. Following the ceremony, junior class parents host a reception from 5 to 6 PM on the front lawn or, in the case of bad weather, in Morse Hall. This is a command performance for all juniors and, of course, seniors.
Commencement Ceremony for Falmouth Academy Class of 2019 June 8, 4 PM
Gedeon Pil of Martha’s Vineyard, Valedictorian
Falmouth Academy will celebrate its 40th Commencement at 4:00 PM on June 8, graduating 37 students from Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Southeastern MA. The festivities begin at 9:30 AM with Recognition Day, Falmouth Academy’s end of the year celebration of achievement and official last day of classes. Department and all-school awards for distinction and dedication in academics, arts, and physical education including sports and sportsmanship, will be given out in the morning event before the whole school and family members.
At 4 PM, the school community will reconvene in the gymnasium for a formal procession of the graduates, surrounded by underclassmen, parents, families, friends, and faculty. Head of School Matt Green will open the commencement with welcoming remarks and introduce this year’s Valedictorian Gedeon Pil.
As noted by History and Math Teacher Julie Swanbeck, “Gedeon embodies a variety of qualities that places him in the upper echelon of his very strong class, and, for that matter, among the most talented students that I have encountered in my 30 years of teaching.” Gedeon is known to be “deeply perceptive and observant” and “is a humble, appreciative, and generous young man” according to College Counselor Allyson Manchester. He will continue his studies at Rice University, a private research university in Houston, Texas, dedicated to the pursuit of unconventional wisdom–a good fit for a young man who seeks to understand things as profoundly as possible.
Senior Class President Grace Russell will then present the Class of 2019 and share her peer reference. This unique school custom was started by founding faculty and English Teacher Janet Kearsley. Earlier in the year, seniors wrote peer references for one another which are included in their college applications with excerpts shared with the community at graduation
The ceremony continues with the awarding of diplomas by Chair of the Board of Trustees Joseph Valle, Head of School Matt Green, and Class Advisor Henry Stevens. Music is performed by the Falmouth Academy Chorus and the Graduation Orchestra under the direction of Mr. John Yankee and Mr. George Scharr, respectively. A reception hosted by the parents of the class of 2020 will be held on the front lawn following commencement.