Convocation 2019

Ceremoniously marking the beginning of their senior year, Convocation brought together students, parents, faculty and staff, administrators, trustees, and guests to honor the Class of 2020 and reflect on ways in which everyone can contribute to the life of the school. Leading the processional on campus to the Athletic Center was St. Ann's of Hampton Pipes & Drums. Upper School Director Dr. Joel Coleman then gave welcoming remarks, noting the meaning of convocation as “an action of calling people together.” Following Dr. Coleman, Adrian Massuet ’20 read Peter Reynold’s inspiring children’s book, Say Something.

Delivering the Convocation address, Head of School Sid Rowell underscored the wisdom on Reynold’s book asking, “What does it mean ‘to find your voice, your very own voice?’ Are your words congruent with who you are? It takes courage for sure, to speak up when others are silent. It takes courage to speak up for what is right and against that which you know is wrong.” He noted that, “In the children’s book, Say Something, the author presents a diverse group of characters who speak up or out about a variety of things. ‘You don’t have to be loud,’ he writes, ‘powerful words can be a whisper.’”
 
“Speaking up or out also reflects your gifts; the many talents you possess, some of which you may not yet have discovered,” Mr. Rowell shared. “Will you commit to the possibilities, the potential within you this year, or are you content to copy others, blend in, and just stand on the sidelines? Life is always more interesting when you participate in it.”
 
Convocation is also a time to recognize new school leadership, and GSB Board of Trustee Chair Doug Matthews officially inducted our newest trustees, Ray Conger ‘03 and Dr. Andrea Freeman ’95. Afterward, leading the Senior Investiture Ceremony, Director of College Guidance Kerri Ann Small and Dean of Student Life David Pasquale had each senior sign the Senior Registry and pledge to, “Work at all time for the good of the school, and strive to exemplify the characteristics of faith, honor, and consideration in keeping with our school’s worthy traditions. The ceremony concluded with singing the time-honored GSB Alma Mater.
 
Best wishes to the Class of 2020, and to all, as we begin the new academic year.

A gallery of photographs from the event is available on our Facebook page.
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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.