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“You’re going to leave a legacy whether you mean to or not, just make sure that it will benefit other people. Others will need your help in life. Give it as you see fit, but remember, it’s better to give than it is to receive. Help someone else along the way. Remember those times that someone has helped you. In no instance have you gotten here by yourself. As much as you’ve done, others have done more. Do your part to make this a better place, better than you found it. You all are such good individuals. I’ve loved every moment that I’ve spent with you. I’m confident you’ll make your mark in this world. So, get out there and do it.”

Maria Spaulding, one of our board members, offered this advice to the Fletcher Academy Class of 2016 graduates. She encouraged them to be proud of themselves, remain humble, and to go off into the world excited to try new things– and to never forget to listen to their parents, even when they might not want to.

At the Fletcher Academy graduation last week, we also had the opportunity to hear directly from each of the graduates, and were very moved by their personal and heartfelt speeches about the influence family, friends, and teachers have had in their lives. Many of the students called on particular memories of teachers at Fletcher Academy, and reflected on how the school provided a supportive space for them to explore their interests, learn in their own ways, and make lasting friendships.

“In the time I’ve been here, I’ve been more supported and loved than any other place I’ve been.” – Fletcher Academy graduate

The graduates inspired each of us to take a moment to reflect and appreciate how teachers, friends, and family have influenced our own lives. We’re proud to have been able to support these young leaders, excited to see where their next steps take them, and thankful to have been able to celebrate their achievements with them.

Take a look at a few photos from their special day:

Congratulations graduates!


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