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Beginning Again: Convocation 2014

On Sept. 7, 2014, Cushing Academy celebrated the start of a new school year when students, faculty, staff, and more than 60 guests gathered on Drew Common for Convocation. Through all of the speeches there was a strong sense of the role everyone plays in building and sustaining the Cushing community. English teacher Norm Carey read a poem that he had composed for the occasion. Fellow longtime faculty member Peggy Lee reminded those who had gathered about the history we share, and Student Body President Kat Lemieux ’15 talked about the importance of everybody working together to make this school year the best one yet.
Headmaster Torino asked the students to think about their purpose at the Academy and to realize that throughout their time at Cushing, that purpose may change. He reminded them that they will sometimes fall short of their goals, but that simply making the effort is a lesson in itself. Each time they try—even if they fail—they come closer to meeting their goal and mastering that skill. Cushing has built a constellation of adults that will support its students when they stumble and lift them up as they try again.
Following the ceremony, students and their advisors assembled in the Fisher-Watkins Dining Commons for the first of many formal dinners that will take place this year, while parents and other guests gathered on the library terrace for a reception and to get to know each other better.

For a PDF of Headmaster Torino's address, please click here.

To watch a video of the ceremony, please click here.

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.