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Class of 2017 encouraged to "Share your gifts, talents and resources" at Commencement

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on June 13, 2017

As Hal Daughdrill ‘73, Chairman of the McCallie’s Board of Trustees, officially welcomed the Class of 2017 into “the long blue line” of alumni, he shared with them a brief reflection on what makes the diploma and their experiences on the Ridge so indelible for their lives. He spoke of his visit to a Golden M reunion, where men celebrate their 50th reunion year and one particular conversation he had.

It was at that point that I turned to one of the gentlemen standing next to me and said to him how remarkable it was that these men felt the impact of McCallie and their teachers so deeply and so strongly so many years after the fact. He turned to me and said, “Hal, it’s been this way ever since the day we graduated. It’s been like this for the last 50 years.”

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Topics: commencement, salutatorian, valedictorian, class of 2017

Salutatorian Li Encourages Classmates to "Open Your Hearts" in Address

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on May 22, 2017

Xuanlin Li '17 shared the following address with his fellow graduates and their families along with the McCallie faculty at Commencement for the Class of 2017. Li will attend the University of California at Berkeley.

Good Morning! I am very grateful to stand here on behalf of the class of 2017, and I am very grateful to see many faculty members, alumni, families and friends who are here today.

Today is the day of graduation, and it is fitting to once again hear the mission of McCallie: Honor, Truth, and Duty. The word that particularly stands out to me is Truth.

Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the Indian Civil Rights movement, once said, “Nothing is or exists in reality except truth … And where there is truth, there is also knowledge which is true … Where there is no truth, there can be no true knowledge.”

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Topics: commencement, salutatorian, salutatory address, class of 2017

Revelations Via Reevaluations

Posted by Billy Faires on May 16, 2016

Nicholas Seay '16 was named Salutatorian for the Class of 2016. Mr. Seay will attend Standford University in the fall. The transcript of his Commencement 2016 address is included below.

I happened to be out of town during the awards ceremony. When my friend texted me and told me that I was the salutatorian, I must admit I was pretty psyched. I thought to myself, “Awesome! I won’t have to give a speech in front of thousands of people.” So…. I was pretty wrong about that part. Nevertheless I am honored to be here.

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Topics: Campus Life, climbing, commencement, commitment, First Person, reevaluation, salutatorian, salutatory address, The Runway Perspective (Seniors), swimming, tryouts, Upper School Life