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Oh, The Places You Will Go

On Sunday, June 2, 2019, Kelly and Britten gave the commencement address to the Class of 2019. Their speech is excerpted below.

By Kelly Herrington, Director of College Counseling and Student Services and Britten Nelson, Associate Director of College Counseling

On Sunday, June 2, 2019, Kelly and Britten gave the commencement address to the Class of 2019. Their speech is excerpted below.

When we think of your class, we are reminded of what has shaped you. You are built from the Pacific Northwest values of equity, environmental consciousness, and individualism married to collective responsibility. You are comprised of rainy Sunday afternoons spent hiking around Seattle’s Discovery Park and Thursday night pickup ultimate Frisbee games; and you hail from a school community that prides itself on fostering innovation, creating a culture of kindness, and caring for each individual student.

As you transition throughout life, be proud of this remarkable past and confident in the foundational values it has provided.

The common thread that unites all of your passions is an unrelenting belief in going after your goals with energy and persistence, which was most recently exemplified when the baseball team became state champions! We have also seen this passion and energy in your theatrical productions, your Launchpad projects, and your ability to consistently get to class late after lunch.

Of course we are proud of you for your achievements, but what has struck us as particularly impressive is how you have both helped each other and worked to amplify the voices of those who are often overlooked. From your instrumental role in creating our annual Social Justice Day to your dedication to your service organizations, you have worked to make sure everyone is seen, heard, and valued.

Whether it is one mile from your home or several thousand, we know that you will continue to feel empowered to find causes greater than yourselves.  

Go forth with humility, humor, and integrity. Go forth with hard work, gratitude, and perspective. Go forth with courage, honor, and love. And, above all, go forth in peace.



Class of 2019 College Matriculation List


American University

Boston University

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Chapman University (3)

Colorado College

Dartmouth College

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Hofstra University

Lafayette College

Lehigh University (2)

Loyola Marymount University (2)

Macalester College

Middlebury College

Northeastern University

Northwestern University (2)

Oregon State University

Parsons School of Design

Pitzer College (3)

Santa Clara University (6)

Seattle University

Swarthmore College

Tufts University

University of British Columbia (3)

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Chicago

University of Colorado, Boulder (2)

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Rochester

University of Southern California

University of St Andrews (2)

University of Washington (7)

University of Washington, Bothell

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Villanova University

Wake Forest University

Washington University, St. Louis (2)

Wesleyan University

Western Washington University (3)

Whitman College (2)

Williams College

Yale University (2)


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