Yesterday was Senior Toast for the class of 2013!
When new students arrive at Sweet Briar, I welcome them to Sweet Briar House for “pizza with Parker.” And just before they graduate, I welcome them to the House again for a toast to their bright futures. (We serve champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, which are wildly popular.)
I love this event. The frenzy of commencement hasn’t yet actually begun; it’s a chance for me to say a few words to the students before their parents and friends arrive and the busy round of ceremonies starts in earnest.
Just moving across the front porch, chatting with graduating seniors, I talked with one who is headed to med school, one who is marrying and moving to Alaska, one who has a job in product engineering, one who is starting vet school in August, and several who are going to grad school. Every one seemed equally excited about moving toward the future and nostalgic about leaving Sweet Briar.
More than they might appreciate, the class of 2013 is very special to me — they will always be the first class I’ve seen through all four years of their Sweet Briar experience. We were freshman together, sophomores together, and juniors and seniors together. It would be very hard to see them graduate and move on without me, except that I know they will become active and engaged alumnae — and regular visitors to campus! There’s no way we’re losing touch.
A hearty Holla Holla to 2013!