Commencement

Celebrating the Class of 2022!

Welcome to the 208th Commencement of Emma Willard School!
The Class of 2022 has led Emma Willard School from normalcy through crisis and into a new normal. They have held onto traditions that were lost during the times we were remote, and helped us remember who we are together. We join them in celebrating their accomplishments, their character, and their heart. We salute you, 2022, and look back at your remarkable impact over the past four years...

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  • Class of 2022 Officers lead the processional, behind mace bearer Meli N. '23

    The 208th Commencement of Emma Willard School

    By Melissia Mason
    The 208th Commencement exercises were filled with joyful moments after four years of tumultuous changes, both globally and in our individual lives. The Emma Willard School community—students, families, faculty, staff, and alumnae—came together to celebrate the Class of 2022 at the completion of their high school journey.
  • Each award recipient from the Awards ceremony held in May was listed in a special insert in the Commencement program, with the exception of the Tangeman and Baxter awards, which are announced during the ceremony.

    Commencement Awards

    In a continuation of the tradition of recognizing exemplary academic success, service, and dedication to Emma Willard School as evidenced on Awards Night, two additional honors are presented during the Commencement ceremony: James Adkins Baxter and Clementine Miller Tangeman awards were presented at Commencement on Sunday, June 5. 
  • From one mace bearer to another... Rowan and Meli

    Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2022

    By Melissia Mason
    After four years of incredible trials and triumphs, the Emma Willard School Class of 2022 came together with fellow students, faculty, staff, and families to celebrate the tradition of Baccalaureate on Saturday, June 4.
  • EW and Cum Laude award winners from the Class of 2022 pose with Ms. Rao.

    Celebrating the Class of 2022

    Luke Meyers
    This weekend, we will celebrate the Emma Willard School Class of 2022 at our 208th Commencement exercises. These students are described by teachers and peers as "compassionate," "inspiring," and "resilient" and were the last of the current classes to experience a "normal" year at Emma Willard before COVID-19. However, determined not to be defined by the pandemic, the Class of 2022 is distinguished for its resolve to live out the full Emma experience, support fellow students, and sustain our great traditions, all despite unprecedented challenges and change.

    We applaud you, seniors, and proudly welcome you as Emma Willard alumnae this weekend. Congratulations to all our graduates!
  • DIE HARDS: Louise A. ’22: Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field | Mika F. ’22: Field Hockey, Indoor Track and Field, Lacrosse | Taylor S. ’22: Tennis, Field Hockey, Indoor Track and Field, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track and Field

    Spring 2022 Athletes Honored

    By Sandra Santana
    Spring at Emma Willard School is always a marvelously busy time. Between Signature celebrations, end of year recitals/concerts, and Commencement preparation, there’s no shortage of commemorative moments. Last week, we added another celebration to the mix as we acknowledged the accomplishments of our 118 Spring athletes and coaching staff. Read on to learn more about the award winners from our Spring ’22 Crew, Lacrosse, Softball, and Track and Field teams!
  • The Mott Gymnasium was transformed into a banquet hall for the evening

    Celebrating Student Excellence

    Honoring our founder’s vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world. In accordance with this vision, we annually honor students who show outstanding qualities in these areas. 
  • The Emma Willard Dance Company presents a piece entitled

    Spring Showcase Highlights Curiosity and Accomplishment

    By Melissia Mason
    In another moment of return to normalcy, we were excited to welcome families back to campus to celebrate their Emma students’ accomplishments through the annual Spring Showcase. Emma Artists and Signature scholars aggregated a years’ worth of work (in some cases more) to present to the Emma Willard School community.
  • Grace P. '22 enjoying Senior Soccer Night

    One of 360: Grace P. '22

    By Sandra Santana
    As the academic year nears its final days, our One of 360 series bids farewell to our Senior class with the help of Grace P. ’22. Hear from Grace about the infinite creativity behind mathematics, connecting with Emma alum through Revels, and her pup, Loki!
  • The Apollo Talent Show at Emma Willard School

    Weekend Festivities: Apollo and Prom

    Kaitlin Resler
    Spring on Mount Ida is in full-swing, and with that come the various events, traditions, and celebrations as we start to think about wrapping up the 2021-2022 school year! Though the weekend began with the official launch of Infinite Horizon: The Campaign for Emma Willard School, it wasn’t the only fun on the horizon.
  • The Emma Willard School community gathers around the Senior Triangle for May Day festivities

    Musical May Day

    By Melissia Mason
    The Emma Willard School community gathered on this brisk, sunny Friday for the traditional May Day festivities, orchestrated by the Class of 2022.
  •  Tina and Ms. Schmidt during Spirit Week’s ‘Dress Like a Teacher Day.’

    An Emma Story: Alexandra Schmidt and Tina Q. '22

    Alexandra Schmidt
    I was walking through Weaver last month when I encountered Tianning Tina Q. '22, who said, “Oh good, I’ve been looking for you.”
    “Really?  Having me as your math teacher for 3 years wasn’t enough?  I am complimented!”
    After having taught Tina her sophomore, junior, and senior years, we have a long and friendly relationship; a certain informality does creep in.
    “I have an unusual question.  Are you able to read and write Yiddish?”
  • Cum Laude and E.W. Award recipients pose with Ms. Rao after the ceremony! (Photo by Liz Lajeunesse Photography '91)

    Honors Convocation: Can We Save the World in Time?

    Emma Willard School honored the academic excellence and exemplary citizenship of students, as well as extraordinary faculty service at Honors Convocation during Spring Family Connections on Friday, April 15. Families were invited to visit the campus, in-person and virtually, to attend classes, Morning Reports and more.
  • Awards Season: Arts, Computing, Mathematics

    Kaitlin Resler
    This spring, it’s apparent that awards season is upon us! We are honored to be represented by exceptional student work in the visual arts, computer science and mathematics. Five students were accepted into the High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition, and 16 participated in the Media Arts Festival. Five computer science students won Regional Awards for Aspirations in Computing, the highest number of students from Emma to win thus far! Six Emma Willard School students were recently recognized in the top five female students in the American Mathematics Competition.
  • Jonas (Tess J.) is startled upon first seeing the color red.

    Better to Give Than to Receive?

    By Melissia Mason
    The Emma Willard School Theatre department was excited to open Kiggins Auditorium up to students, employees, and families for their winter production of The Giver.
  • National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award winners Jessica Z. ’22 and Manu B. ’23

    Jessica Z. '22 and Manu B. '23 Earn Computer Science Honors

    By Melissia Mason
    Two Emma Willard School students have won National Honorable Mention Awards for the 2022 National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Awards. Jessica Z. ’22 and Manu B. ’23 were two of 400 selected from more than 3,500 amazing, talented young computer scientists to receive the honorable mention distinction.
  • Art in Three Dimensions

    Emma Willard School is proud to announce that the work of six students has been chosen for display at the 23rd annual Art in Three Dimensions juried high school exhibition. Over 220 works were submitted, 79 were selected for display in this year's show; seven pieces from Emma’s six artists were among those chosen.
  • Open Air: Sofia P. ’22 and The Wellie Podcast

    Kaitlin Resler
    In September 2020, the first episode of “Open Air,” a podcast hosted by Emma Willard School senior Sofia P. ’22, dropped on Spotify. Described as “a place where students, faculty, and staff can learn and share information regarding health and wellness through fun and honest conversations,” there are now over 30 episodes available covering a range of topics. Read on to hear from Sofia about her journey creating and hosting the podcast over the last two years.
  • Prepping the Manor Hall

    Revels Returns to the Stage

    By Melissia Mason
    The Class of 2022 returned Revels to a live performance this December, after last year’s foray into film-making presented in the spring. Under the guidance of new Theatre Director Faith Lawson, the class put their own magical touch on the 107-year-old tradition.
  • Mental Health Ambassadors at Emma Willard School strive to promote optimal mental and emotional wellbeing for all.

    Chilling with the Mental Health Ambassadors

    By Sandra Santana
    As we bid farewell to Mount Ida for the holidays, we are reminded of how hectic the season can be. Between traveling, gatherings, and the excitement of reuniting with loved ones, it may feel hard to keep up with classmates. After a semester of hard work and busy schedules, it may feel even harder to slow down to rest. While the definition of chill may look different to each of us, the Mental Health Ambassadors offer up some solutions.
  • Ava S. '22

    Works in Progress: Scientific Curiosity

    Ava S. ’22
    During our all-school Morning Reports, we have the opportunity for community members to give inspirational speeches during a segment called Works in Progress. These talks vary in theme from silly to serious and all points in between. Regardless of the topic, our community members are adept at discovering profound inspiration in all aspects of life. In this speech, Ava S. ’22 shares her reflections on scientific curiosity and the study of the human mind.


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