This past weekend was our annual Alumnae Reunion with an assembly on Friday morning, a cocktail party Friday night, a luncheon on Saturday to celebrate milestone years, and a church service on Sunday at St. Clement’s Church. As I said in my address at the luncheon, it is a time to connect in person with fellow alumnae, see and hear how they are doing, and swap stories of our times at the School. While each one of us has our own memories, it is inevitable that common memories arise as well.
Our small, wonderful school has contributed a great deal to each of our lives regardless of the decade in which we attended. It may have been the place where some found lifelong friends who have seen each other through thick and thin, it may be the place where some found a particular area of interest in their learning, and it may have also been a place where some struggled and ultimately learned.
While so much has changed at the School over its 118-year existence, it is evident, particularly this weekend, that our values have not. The School’s belief in academic excellence and a commitment to good citizenship that were present at the outset, remain today. The strong impact that our small, close-knit community has had on each of us is strong.
I am so grateful for times to gather with alumnae of all ages as they are the keepers of our school’s history. And, as outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous and compassionate, they reflect our school’s mission.
Our Alumnae are, indeed, St. Clement’s School.