Deacon and Canterbury theology teacher Frank Bice '77 began the proceedings with a prayer.
"Dear Lord, please bless this class of outstanding young women and men," invoked Frank. "Let them know you created them for your purpose and that Canterbury will always be their home."
In her opening remarks, head of school Rachel Stone said, "Collectively you have embraced your experiences here and developed self-awareness, discipline, and confidence along the way. That learning curve never ends; you will face it again next fall as a new round of challenges arrives. But you are ready. You know yourselves as students; you know that persistence counts just as much as intelligence–if not more; and you know that seeking help is a strength, not a weakness."
Next, Peter LaVigne, dean of students, recognized the 2016-2017 Sixth Form leaders, such as proctors, admission ambassadors, and sacristans.
To view a PDF of award recipients, click here.
Student body president Luis "Tito" Jimenez addressed his classmates, saying, "The sun may go down on our Canterbury years, but it will never wane nor waver on our support for one another and our allegiance to Canterbury School. Class of 2017, Class number 100, let us do great things for this world, let us live our lives proudly and with integrity, and always remember to look out for those who are suffering and those who are poor."
Highlights of the program included a piano solo ("Again") by valedictorian Christopher Liu, a vocal solo by Courtney Dunham '17 ("Some Things Are Meant to Be"), and a group vocal performance ("Truly Brave") by Courtney Dunham, Bridget Murphy '17, Jessica Garcia '19, Nellie Horvath '19, and Ren Xin '19.
The program closed with singing "Cantuaria Floreat," the School song.
For the first time in Canterbury history, parents of the Class of 2017 joined the School community in Steele Hall Dining Hall for a formal night-before-graduation dinner.
To view photos of the award presentations, click here.