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A Commencement That Couldn’t Be Dampened


The 324th graduating class closed the chapter on their time at AFS with a Commencement ceremony in the Grove of Abington Meeting House on June 11, 2021. The spring showers did not dampen the mood, as 56 seniors crossed the stage to receive diplomas. International students from China were able to join the ceremony over Zoom and given the opportunity to speak to those gathered on campus, as teachers physically walked their life-size images donning caps and gowns across the stage.

Commencement speaker Michael J. Harding ’14 told students, “Remember that you are young scholar activists who have found and leveraged your voices for good. You have been willing to lean into discomfort in order to catalyze meaningful change in your communities around environmental justice and racial equity.”

AFS alumna Anne Moss ’70 reached out to the AFS Communications office with her own message to the class of 2021, writing, “My best wishes to the Class of 2021! I watched their ceremony and was transported back to another June 11, this one 51 years ago when my class celebrated in the Grove. I hope this class can enjoy the lifelong continuing friendships of classmates as I have with so many in the class of 1970. AFS and its memories hold a very special place in my heart.”

Watch the full ceremony on YouTube! A preview of Commencement photos can be found on Vidigami (for families and students) and Facebook.

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