Along with other important dates in history, Augusta Prep’s 2012 graduates will add their commencement exercises to the list.
“June 3 is quite an exciting day,” Valedictorian Emma Hunnicutt told her classmates during graduation ceremonies Sunday afternoon.
“Today is our launching pad for greatness.”
The 45 graduates of the private school sang, laughed and cried Sunday as Head of School Rebecca Gilmore presided over her first commencement, and her predecessor, Jack Hall, returned to deliver an emotional farewell to the class that started with him as leader in kindergarten.
Hall, now the head of school at The Walker School in Atlanta, played on those kindergarten roots to deliver a “show and tell” format to his commencement address, brandishing a box of tissues to punctuate his theme from a Jackson Browne song, Here Come Those Tears Again.
“Class of 2012, your life is precious,” Hall said. “Those you love are precious. ... Don’t take all your time for granted.”
Before a send-off in which the new graduates surprised her by singing “Hey, hey, hey, goodbye” and shooting off streamers from party poppers, Gilmore congratulated the class whose members have all been accepted to colleges and universities across the country.
“I feel honored to have shared your senior year with you,” she said. “You give me great hope for the future of the world.”