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Eighth-Grade Closing Ceremony Celebrates “Resilient” Class of 2026

Ravenscroft’s eighth-graders and their family and friends celebrated their major milestone on Thursday, June 2, with the traditional closing exercises held in Warner Arena in the A.E. Finley Activity Center. 

Assistant Head of Middle School School Nicole Brown welcomed everyone to the ceremony with an invocation based on her faith perspective. She read a hymn that her father had taught her: 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love.

Head of Middle School Bernardo Guzmán addresses the Class of 2026, with Head of Upper School Aaron Sundstrom and Head of School Doreen Kelly looking on.

Bernardo Guzmán, Head of Middle School, then addressed the students, acknowledging the challenges that came along during their Middle School years: 

While it is very likely that every one of my predecessors referred to the kids in front of them as “special,” I think you’ll agree with me that in this case, it means something a little different. This is a very resilient bunch of kids.

He then wrapped up his address with a recap of the year: 

We are officially wrapping up an incredible year. Athletics, fine arts, service learning, off-campus trips, speakers, dances, events, a fabulous new building. We did them all and we did it all well. Our student leaders in Peer Council, Student Government, our Ambassador Program. … Your teachers brought their A-game every day to support your goals and prepare you for what is next. What a ride! … High school is next, and with it comes an opportunity to write, or rewrite, your own story. A new leaf, a new page, chapter — pick your metaphor, but either way, it’s an opportunity.”

Head of School Doreen Kelly and Head of Upper School Aaron Sundstrom joined Guzmán in presenting certificates to all of the eighth-graders. Students then joined their families and friends in the Olander Center for Student Life at the A.E. Finley Activity Center for a reception.

Congratulations and best wishes to these students as they head to Upper School!

See more photos from the Eighth-Grade Closing Ceremony here.