WILTON, Conn. – Wilton residents Patrick Quinn and Alex Robertson led the 2013 graduating class of St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, earning the honors of valedictorian and salutatorian.
During the school's commencement ceremony on May 31, Robertson, who graduated cum laude, discussed the never-ending nature of an active education in his salutatory address.
“We should be active participants in our own educations, always searching for meaning and for learning, constantly struggling against the nothing we are so often predisposed to doing,” Robertson said. “Learning should be an active experience, something that pops up not only in the classroom, but also when you’re at home, reading or even simply staring out the window.”
Robertson will go on to attend Columbia University in the fall.
Quinn, the class valedictorian, thanked friends, family and various teachers who helped shape his education. In his speech, he used the experiences of Clarissa Vaughn from Michael Cunningham’s novel “The Hours” to talk about the significance of graduating from St. Luke’s, and the endless possibilities that lie ahead for him and his classmates.
“I want you all to take a second to consider the full weight of this moment—the significance it has for us, the members of the Class of 2013,” said Quinn, who also graduated cum laude. “Like Clarissa at that dawn, there is a magnificent sense of possibility in the air. Can you feel it?
“Right now, we have more possibility than we’ll ever have, and we are lucky for it. This possibility is a unique resource, one which is malleable and mysterious and recyclable. I believe that possibility is inexhaustible—it may dwindle over time, but it will never completely run out,” Quinn continued. “But this possibility is useless unless we act upon it. Instead of expecting it to magically turn itself into great things, like Clarissa did, we must seek those great things out ourselves, for we will find them if only we believe in possibility.”
Quinn will attend Haverford College in the fall.
The St. Luke’s Class of 2013 consisted of 71 students from 19 different towns, all of whom will continue on to college in the fall. Of the graduates, 14 earned the honor of cum laude.
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