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A Sunny Send-Off for '17
Posted 07/12/2017 03:49PM

2017 Packer Graduation

Packer's 170th Graduation: A Sunny Send-Off for '17


June 15, 2017 — In the Garden, under a cool, crystalline sky, graduation speakers encouraged the Class of 2017 to spread their kindness, empathy, and curiosity — and to be in the moment.

Read highlights of their remarks below, watch the entire Commencement ceremony, and view the complete photo album on Flickr.


2017 Packer Graduation - Graham Rainsby

"Go out into the world and be the smart, funny, curious, and hardworking people that I've gotten to know and love."

— Graham Rainsby '17
Senior Speaker









2017 Packer Graduation - Dr. Bruce L. Dennis

"Now, more than ever, we need your brains, your voice, and your essential goodness — all of which you have displayed in abundance during your years at Packer — to help the world move onward in a way that we have never depended on a new generation before."

— Dr. Bruce L. Dennis
Head of School








2017 Packer Graduation - Deborah Juantorena

"The ability to think ahead, while valuable, often comes at the expense of another skill that is essential to happiness, balance, and perspective. It is the ability to simply be in the moment."


— Deborah Juantorena
Chair of the Board of Trustees









2017 Packer Graduation - José de Jesús

"I know of no faster way to gain empathy than telling stories. Your stories, and the empathy they engender, have helped deeply impact lives... You did that, '17. What an awesome legacy."


— José de Jesús
Head of Upper School









2017 Packer Graduation - Dean Baquet

"If you keep your ambition in check, and enjoy the doing and not just getting there, you will have a better time in whatever you do."

— Guest Speaker Dean Baquet
Executive Editor of the New York Times











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