The Class of 2013
Despite the rain, spirits for the one hundred twenty-seventh Commencement Exercises were not dampened! The students, faculty, staff and guests gathered in the Boss-McLoughlin Gym to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2013. As the seniors were driven to the gym in the white Lincoln buses, they burst into excited song. Their entrance into Commencement was heralded by the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance" played by the Rhode Island Philaharmonic Brass Quintet.
Following the Invocation by Upper and Middle School Director Peter Brooks, the Lambrequins conducted by Robb Barnard sang a new arrangement of “Simple Gifts.” Paula Murray McNamara ’80, President of the Board of Trustees, welcomed the audience and the soon-to-be graduates. She mentioned that this is a particularly moving year for her, since it is Julia Russell Eells' last Lincoln commencement and also the graduation of Paula's daughter. Kelsey Anderson '13 and Lauren Moran '13 gave the Senior Addresses. Shayreen Izoli '13 and Kali Ridley '13 presented the Class Gifts—the creation of a speaker series as well as an additional outdoor seating/study area.
The Upper School Vocal Ensemble, led by Mr. Knippel with acompaniment by Rachel Gahan, joined in beautiful harmony and sang “Give Us Hope” by Jim Papoulis.
Class President Maggie McNamara '13 introduced Commencement speaker Nancy Dubuc '87, President and CEO of A&E Networks.
The faculty and staff members stood and honored the Outgoing seniors with the traditional Commencement anthem “Jerusalem.”
Mrs. Eells presented awards to the following seniors:
David N. Cicilline Congressional Leadership Award
Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth H. Roberts 2012 Leadership Award
Miriam Sewall Converse Award
Sara Greene Beckwith Award
Mary Louise Schaffner Award
Jane Woodruff Greenough Scholarship Award
Mrs. Eells then entertained the audience with her remarks and reflections on and predictions about the Class of 2013.
The ceremony culminated with the awarding of the diplomas. Mr. Brooks read each graduate’s name as Mrs. Eells and Board President Paula Murray McNamara ’80 presented the diplomas. Earlier in the day a mysterious bunch of 33 individually wrapped white roses arrived at school. After some sleuthing of where they came from, it turned out that they were gifts for each senior from the fifth graders with whom they worked at Frank Spaziano School to congratulate them on their graduation. Nancy Dubuc '87 presented each graduate with one of those roses. Mr. Brooks then read the Benediction and Lincoln School’s Class of 2013 recessed from the stage as Lincoln’s newest alumnae. Refreshments were served in The Levinger Dining Room.