Events, Upper School

Class of 2017 Celebrate Graduation

On June 13, 89 students who comprise the Northwest School Class of 2017 gathered under the glow of the stained glass windows at Town Hall to celebrate and receive their high school diplomas. After a brief breather during the summer months, the students will pursue studies in colleges all over the United States.

There were a multitude of fantastic speeches from both faculty and students alike. Head of School Mike McGill and Upper School Director Chance Sims delivered the opening remarks, followed by Physics teacher Cecilia Tung and Humanities teacher Andy Meyer. Students Jordan S., Dursa M., Ross S., and Molly M. all moved the audience with words of wisdom and humor.

Mike McGill told the students: "Your talents have enriched us. Your initiative has made us a better place, and now you’re ready to take them out into the world. I don’t have to tell you that it’s a world in desperate need of what you bring: it craves your intelligence, your kindness, your courage, your energy, and, of course, your courtesy and common sense."

Nothing is ever typical at a Northwest School graduation and this one was no different. Among the many performances that complimented the speeches was Ana W., who stunned the audience with an original spoken word piece, and Shai G. who provided a lighthearted ode to the final dance sequence from Napoleon Dynamite.

In total, the Class of 2017 will matriculate to the following 60 colleges and universities:

American University, Amherst College, Barnard College, Bellevue College, Beloit College, Boston College, Carleton College, Colorado College, Cornell College, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Fordham University, Goucher College, Haverford College, Lehigh University, Lewis & Clark College, Macalester College, Muhlenberg College, New York University, Northeastern University, Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences, Occidental College, Oregon State University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Pratt Institute, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, Sarah Lawrence College, School of Visual Arts, Seattle University, Skidmore College, Smith College, Sophia University, The Evergreen State College, The University of Arizona, Tulane University, University of British Columbia, University of California, Irvine, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, San Diego, University of Chicago, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Denver, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Pittsburgh, University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands, University of San Francisco, University of Southern California, University of Victoria, University of Washington, University of Washington, Bothell, Vassar College, Washington State University, Wesleyan University, Western Washington University, and Whitman College.