Friday, May 27 the 55th Commencement Ceremony officially transformed the Class of 2016 from PMA students into PMA alumni.
The ceremony began with the graduates processing into the crowded Dupre Center, smiling at family and friends, as music to Pomp and Circumstance filled the air. The graduates received their diplomas, graduation scholarships and awards, in addition to class awards. Head of School, Mrs. Rose Maria DiFiore Redman, ’85 was the graduation speaker and delivered many words of advice and encouragement to the students sitting in front of her, who she has watched grow and develop over the past four years.
Honor Essayist, Douglas Anderson, Salutatorian, Lindsey Gill, and Valedictorian, Robert Pauley also addressed their classmates with heartfelt speeches filled with memories, emotion, honestly, and inspiration as one 4-year chapter of their lives ends; a new one will begin.
The class of 2016 applied to over 380 colleges and universities and was offered over 9.8 million dollars in scholarships and awards over a 4-year period. Collectively, the class will receive 1.9 million dollars to attend the college or university of their choice. Impressive numbers for 48 graduates.