The Washington School for Girls 2016 Graduation Ceremony

Written by: Kelly Emson, 2016 Intern 

The Washington School for Girls held their joint fifth and eighth grade promotion graduations on Friday, June 10th at the Town Hall for Arts Recreation Campus. The 17 soon-to-be sixth graders kicked off the event by leading renditions of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “Thank You Lord”.

Following the presentation of the 5th- graders, the ceremony proceeded to honor the rising high schoolers by showcasing each individual’s achievements, favorite memories, and distinct personality. Each of the 16 eighth-grade graduates had a few presentation slides to share a little bit about their time at the school before strutting across the stage with an air of confidence. The girls were congratulated and then addressed by the guest speaker, the District of Columbia’s Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney Snowden. Deputy Mayor Snowden shared both her admiration and wisdom for the impressive group of young women before her.

The entire event was flawlessly executed with students taking on the leading roles which proved to be both entertaining and reflective of the school’s ability to foster a fun and intriguing environment that has allowed the girls to grow into confident individuals and thrive. It became evident that each girl has not only thoroughly enjoyed her unique educational experience, but has cultivated lasting relationhips with her peers and teachers. During the next leg of their educational journey, these young ladies will be continuing their education at some of the best high schools in the region.

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