Class of 2014 – Arch Bridge School Celebrates 11 High School Graduates
On June 24th, Wellspring honored 11 Arch Bridge School seniors as they embark on their new journeys to colleges, universities, and jobs near and far – even including a student exchange program in Japan. All of the 11 graduates have been accepted into colleges and universities where they plan to continue their education.
Unique and special at the annual Arch Bridge School (ABS) graduation ceremonies is that graduating students are invited to speak to the audience, sharing experiences, expressing appreciation, imparting lessons learned, and recognizing anyone special who has contributed to their progress during their time at Wellspring. Graduates also choose which teacher writes a speech in their honor and presents their diploma.
A central theme was clear throughout many speeches that the graduating seniors delivered: the students were profoundly grateful for their experience at the Arch Bridge School and for what they had gained as a result. Faced with many struggles, obstacles and challenges prior to attending ABS, several students believed they would not make it to their graduation day and called Wellspring a lifesaver.
One of the graduates shared, “This school, these staff, these teachers and these kids…This is home to me. It was at this school that I learned who I am. I am not kidding when I say you are a lifesaver. Honestly, without you, there is no way I would be where I am today.”
The students have done the difficult work, clinically and academically, created healthy lives and now see a bright new world and a shining future. “You took me by the hand and held it until I was ready to let go,” another graduate said in her speech.
Attendees at the commencement include all students, residents, their families, teachers, behavioral specialists, administrators including Wellspring’s co-founders, Richard and Phyllis Beauvais, and residential staff. At such an intimate and special celebration almost every employee is in attendance to hear the speeches and cheer on the graduates.
Breakdown of Graduates by Program:
1 Beauvais House (Adolescent Residential)
1 Transitional Program (Adolescent Residential Alum)
2 Angelus House (Adult Residential Program)
7 Day School (includes 2 Alum of the Adolescent Residential Program)
Grade 8 Moving Up:
2 Day School
2 Shiloah House (Children’s Residential)
Graduates were Accepted to the Following Schools:
New England College
New York University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Western Connecticut State University
University of Connecticut
University of Illinois
University of Maryland
University of New Hampshire
University of Rhode Island
University of Vermont
Northwest, Norwalk, Tunxis and Westchester Community Colleges
Congratulations to our graduating class of 2014! In the words of Dr. Seuss, whom one of our graduates quoted in her commencement speech, “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”
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