A Community of Joiners and Doers: Seven Hills Graduates Class of 2019
Seven Hills Head of School Chris Garten applauded the class of 2019 for being a community of joiners and for sticking to what they set out to do, following through, and enhancing and changing the lives of others for good. The 45th Commencement ceremony took place at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7, followed by a courtyard dinner on campus. Serenaded by the Northwind Brass Quintet’s “Rondeau” by Jean Joseph Mouret, our 87 graduates enjoyed a number of accolades, humorous addresses, and words of guidance. Senior senators Grant Veldhuis and Michael Weirich welcomed their classmates to the ceremony, noting the strength and genuineness of the relationship between students and faculty, and among the senior class. “I could literally go on all night about how many things we have accomplished,” said Veldhuis. Seven Hills Board of Trustees Chair Jen Stein thanked the community of family, friends, and faculty who supported the Class of 2019, and thanked the class for their strength, service, and vision. Head of Upper School Matt Bolton encouraged students to always connect with community. Keynote speaker Lee Carter, former chairman of the board for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, encouraged the students to incorporate into their lives the ideas of grit, being other-oriented, and passion. “If you aren’t passionate about what you are doing, stop doing it and find out what you are passionate about,” Carter said. During the ceremony, Bolton presented several awards, including the Carol Brestel Award to Grant Veldhuis, the Ruth Russell Jones Award to Jamie Holcomb, the Florence Fessenden Award to Madeleine Jay, and The Seven Hills Cup Award to Max Yuan. Other speakers for the evening included faculty speaker Mark Beyreis, parent speaker Dennison Keller, student speaker Stratton Papakirk, and Alumni Council President Ben Glassman ’93, who presented the Alumni Association Award to Amisha Mittal for her work with underserved girls in Cincinnati.