b'C O M M E N C E M E N T2 0 2 1O n May 15th, Ormes Classdemic. Watching these students walkthem and their families as they were re-of 2021 walked throughacross the stage and accept their diplo- quired to remain on campus in order to the gates of Barnyard andmas, it was clear what an amazingallow us to provide as safe of an atmo-across the graduation lawn. While Com- group of young men and women thissphere as possible. We are extremely mencement is special for all classes,Class is. grateful to the students and their fami-this years ceremony was especiallyThe majority of the members of thislies for making this sacrifice and en-moving as these students endured aClass spent their senior year on campus,trusting us with their education last year.year unlike any we have encountered be- many journeying from as far as the otherThe graduation ceremony was at-fore amidst the global COVID-19 pan- side of the world. The pandemic testedtended by all students and faculty, and broadcast live on YouTube so that fami-lies around the world could watch it. Orme President Kristin Durow welcomed everyone and congratulated the stu-dents on their monumental accomplish-ments. The Orme School Chairman of the Board of Trustees Morris Stein deliv-ered the Commencement Address. He urged the students to lead from the front mentioning that, Leadership from the front is about setting examples and liv-ing those examples. The front is where we do things that are difficult or even unpopular. There are no leadership ex-amples from the rear, only clean-up. It does not take much observation today to know the world around us, at every scale, is begging for each of us to stand and make a difference.Valedictorian Caroline Leach spoke about her journey to Orme and how it helped her rediscover a love for farming. She cautioned, Dont always look ahead to the future, but remain in the moment, in the present. Savor it and reflect on the past. The past will help guide us in the future. It can bring us to tears, but also lead to moments of remembering happi-ness. I hope that everyone revels in to-day and appreciates the final moments that we have at Orme, whilst reflecting on the triumphs, failures, tears, smiles, laughs and joy that Orme presented you with.As the Class of 2021 leaves us, they will be attending some of the most pres-tigious colleges and universities in the United States and the world. We wish Carolinethem the very best of luck and cannot Leach 21 wait to see the amazing things that they set off to do!34'