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Bishop Seabury graduates remember tight bonds as they graduate

Bishop Seabury Academy honors 13 grads

A teary-eyed Jasmine Tse hugs Bishop Seabury Academy secretary Betsy Alford as she and other graduates make their way down the line of faculty members giving hugs and handshakes during the school’s stepping-up ceremony after the conferral of degrees Friday at the school. The school graduated 13 students.

A teary-eyed Jasmine Tse hugs Bishop Seabury Academy secretary Betsy Alford as she and other graduates make their way down the line of faculty members giving hugs and handshakes during the school’s stepping-up ceremony after the conferral of degrees Friday at the school. The school graduated 13 students.

May 21, 2010

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Bishop Seabury Academy senior Shannon O’Shea wasn’t graduating with classmates as much as with brothers and sisters Friday morning.

“I think I am probably going to cry when I get in there,” she said minutes before commencement. “These people, I have been with some of them for six years. So it is real emotional.”

The school’s graduation of 13 seniors had a family feel to it. All of the school’s students went through a line hugging and shaking hands with the class ahead of them in what is known as the stepping-up ceremony.

For O’Shea and classmate Peter Esau, it was the class trips to Florida, Washington, D.C., Omaha and St. Louis that provided true bonding moments.

“You get to know each other so well when you are with each other for 48 hours without any time apart,” Esau said.

Jasmine Tse, who has plans of heading to Canada to attend the University of Western Ontario, was trying to hold back tears.

“It’s really exciting, but I will miss my friends and I hope I won’t cry later,” Tse said.

Valedictorian Jun Kim told his classmates that they had all been mirrors to one another, learning from the people around them.

“Thank you very much for being my mirror,” Kim said to the crowd. “You where here right beside me when I needed to look at myself in figuring out where I step. My journey in Lawrence, Kansas, finishes here. But I am leaving my reflection here and taking yours with me.”

During the graduation ceremony, Academic Dean Matt Patterson compared each of the graduating seniors to a bird. Among them were an owl, duck, robin, crow, homing pigeon and Macaw.

Patterson reminded the graduates that while they were each their own bird, they were also all Seahawks, the school’s mascot.

“Determined, intent, focused, on their way from one place to the next. And although they are in the big scheme of things just passing through, they know that this place — this little spot on the map — is an important part of their journey, an important part of where they are going,” Patterson said of both the Seahawk and Class of 2010.

Comments

Bob Forer 4 years, 7 months ago

Just a bunch of snotty rich kids who think they are too good for Lawrence pubic schools.

KansasPerson 4 years, 7 months ago

Just an ignorant comment from someone who knows nothing whatsoever about the school.

Oryx 4 years, 6 months ago

Or just a group of people who wanted to have smaller classes, not necessarily everyone around them be rich, and be able to be active in whatever activity they chose.

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