Lauralton Hall’s 2018 graduates urged to be ‘proud of the new beginnings that await’
Lauralton Hall graduated 107 young women during the school’s commencement Saturday, June 2.
During the school’s 112th commencement ceremony, they honored their 50th year jubilarians and Jessica Sanchez received the school’s highest honor for a graduating senior, the Catherine McAuley Award.
This was the first graduation ceremony for the school’s new president and head of school Elizabeth Miller, who spoke to the class about the receiving good guidance and following their hearts. She compared it to having an internal GPS that would tell them where to go.
“Lauralton has provided some direction and we will be following you progress for years to come, like a satellite that never stops communicating with the GPS,” Miller said, adding it would be up to each student to set their own destination.
Graduates of this year’s class have been accepted to hundreds of prestigious universities across the country, including Georgetown University, Barnard College, the Pratt Institute, Boston University and Fordham University. Young women were also accepted to local schools including Yale University, Connecticut College, Wesleyan University, University of New Haven and Quinnipiac University.
“Venture further, further afield and challenge yourself even more than you have at Lauralton,” Miller said and when their internal guidance suggest a few detours, such as studying abroad or taking an exciting summer internship, “take the detour.”
Trusting their internal guidance “gives all women the ability to be self reliant and self disciplined,” Miller said. “Lauralton will always be your home, your true home.”
Valedictorian Caroline Favano, or Norwalk, said she got good advice from her father who told her to enjoy the moment. She is attending Georgetown University this fall to study computer science and analytics and will miss Lauralton for the community it provided, where she learned how to connect with others on more than just an academic level, she said.
In her speech, Favano said the time between the class’ start at Lauralton to graduation day has been transformative and the little moments they enjoyed together will be carried with them throughout their lives.
“Although this is the final milestone we’ll achieve together as a class, I know that each of us has the potential to thrive in any and all of our future endeavors,” Favano said. Today, we receive one payout of all of hard work and dedication. We can and should be proud of the new beginnings that await us in the days, months and years to come.”
Anne Frances Fox, of Fairfield, is bound for the University of Virginia but will miss the close community she enjoyed while at Lauralton, she said.
“I’m going to a huge school so I’m going to miss the small close-knit community of teachers and friends,” Fox said. “It’s really helped me thrive and grow as a person and academically.” Fox earned the department medal for math and will study engineering at UVA.
Elyssa Dalaker, of West Haven, said she was trying to enjoy every part of her experience at Lauralton and not take it for granted.
“It’s one of those things you hear from everybody, but it really does go by so quickly,” she said. She’s going on to study international law at American University.
Lauralton Hall is an all-girls Catholic school founded by the Sisters of Mercy.