Celebrating the Class of 2022

Congratulations to this year’s graduates: (clockwise from left) Jamie D., Patrick D., Billy C., Liam M., Frankie V., Amadi G., M.E. L. and (not pictured) Zach L.!

On a stunning Saturday morning in June, seven seniors took center stage at Cotting School’s 2022 graduation. Cheered on by family, friends and faculty, each graduating senior was personally celebrated with comments from President Bridget Irish and received a scholarship and award for their individual accomplishments.

As is tradition, the graduating class was welcomed into the ceremony through an aisle of cheering faculty. Personalized keepsake banners, created by nursing assistant Courtney Martinello, were hung for each graduate and formed a beautiful backdrop to the celebration. Faculty members Andy Lindblad and Jane Perera played a delightful rendition of Pomp and Circumstance.

Holding graduation in the new campus center for the first time made it especially memorable and created a new tradition for future classes. The ceremony was preceded by a creative video montage of the seniors throughout their years at Cotting, which was carefully produced by longtime faculty member Bill DeAngelis.

President Irish talked about the personal accomplishments of each of our seniors at the graduation ceremony.

Stu Randle, a member of the board of trustees and alumni parent, challenged the graduates by saying, “I bet every one of you achieved more at Cotting than you ever thought possible. Well guess what? There is still more for you to do! So don’t stop striving; keep learning and trying new things. Remember that Cotting grit that helped get you through COVID, and apply that same grit to the new things you want to do.”

Class President Billy Carroll reflected on his time and accomplishments at Cotting, noting that the school supported his love of participating in (five!) sports and prepared him for his dream of having a full-time job. Billy started his new position soon after graduation, and will surely take all of that Cotting grit with him.

In addition to celebrating the graduates, Ms. Irish had a special word of thanks for the families who worked so hard to support their students’ successes. “You were your child’s first teachers and advocates. You entrusted us with their care and education, and have been a partner to us all along the way….Thank you for including us in this journey with you and for being here today. Working with your children has been our delight and privilege. When they became Cotting Falcons, you also became part of the Cotting community and you will always have a place with us here.”

Once a Falcon, Always a Falcon!

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