Oak Grove Blog
On Wednesday, June 8th, Oak Grove School honored the 2016 graduating class. These authentic individuals are witty, creative, and truly talented. During their trip to India, their campouts across the west, their music concerts, their in-depth discussions, and their commitment to service, this class shines with courage and compassion. We are proud of these young adults and are excited about their future endeavors.
Opening Remarks by Willem Zwart, Head of School
Keynote Speaker Paul Herder
Student Musical Performance
"Don't waste your precious time here always seeking what's coming next. Let the future come when it comes, but most importantly enjoy what is happening now."
"You can't hide here at Oak Grove. If you are having a bad day, there is a community here for you, something you always have."
"It's a frequent occurrence to be uncomfortable here... but not in a bad way. You regularly get challenged here, and now I'm ready for more challenges."
"I was surrounding by extremely caring people who were able to give me what I needed, when I needed it."
"What is all of this education for? Now that I am at the end of the journey, I am wondering about all this. Oak Grove has taught me some amazing things and I'm grateful. It has definitely changed the course of my life."
"I have grown very much. Oak Grove always encouraged me to be who I was, unapologetically, freely."
"Everyone in my class is the valedictorian. Everyone can shine here."
"High school is my love story. I want to thank Oak Grove for giving me a community, close friends, barefoot afternoons, and incredible trips."
"Oak Grove has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and has given me a confidence to go out into the world and be successful."
"These years have stood out like no other. It has taught me the most about myself. What Oak Grove draws out of you is amazing."
"The work in high school has been tough, but I eventually learned how to manage. And because of the small class sizes, the community, and the team building, I have also learned how to be a good friend."
"Once I stopped looking outside for security, and began to find it in myself, I then began real friendships."
"My whole life before Oak Grove was a competition... a fight to get to the top. But here, I have learned to be the best that I can be, just for me. I discovered who I was here, with no need to hide."
"I'm happy to be at this little school that doesn't know much about pop culture, with students who are apathetic toward things vapid and pointless."
"I miss this place already, and I haven't even left yet. I know that I will always be connected to it. Oak Grove is part of my home, part of my family."
"I still know almost nothing. The difference between now and the beginning high school is that I know how little I know."
Conferment of Diplomas
We are very proud of the class of 2016 and wish them every success as they begin their next adventure.