The Cushing community formally celebrated the start of the 2015-2016 academic year with Convocation on Sept. 7. Speaking to the audience of students, faculty, and staff on Drew Common, Julia Ohm, Performing Arts Chair, reflected upon some of her own Cushing experiences--such as chaperoning a group of students to Tanzania over the summer, and organizing the Academy’s Performing Arts Series--and the need to embrace determination, creativity, and risk. Constantine Leung ’16, Student Body President, spoke about the unity of the Cushing community and the tremendous support given to students and by students.
As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the school, Headmaster Torino chose to focus on the relationship between change and permanence, old and new. “One of the things that I most enjoy about this time of year and about life in all schools is the productive tension between that which changes and that which remains fixed—the dance of two partners, change and permanence, who cannot be separated and who waltz through a school year. There is a taut, palpable energy between opposing forces that are forever joined. And we are all now joined as partners in this dance at Cushing… Of course, the biggest change lies within you, within each of us. In being fortunate enough to be at Cushing today, you have arrived at a place in mid-dance, where change and permanence spin around the floor of daily life. This is not the same school it was last year. Look around. We are from 30 countries and 26 states, a mix of colors, genders, ethnicities, passions, religions, sexuality, and political leaning.” He had three requests for students as well: to shatter stereotypes, to engage fully, and to ask questions “because the way you think of and about yourself—the choices you make and the actions you take—the ways in which you learn and grow—are part of this very same dance of permanence and change—of what is core to who you are and how you can build upon that core.”
At the conclusion of Convocation, the community moved to Quimby Field for the all-school handshake and then to the year’s first formal dinner in the Fisher-Watkins Dining Commons.
To watch the Convocation video, please click here. For a PDF of Headmaster Torino's remarks, please click here.
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