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Randolph To Graduates: You Can Make Change Happen
Posted 06/04/2015 11:43AM

At the Senior Class dinner on June 3, Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph reflected on the nature of change and how individuals can find personal meaning and purpose in uncertain times.

Randolph told the students that the foundation they have created with their values and skills, combined with their ability to look inward, reflect on their individual purpose, and persevere, will hold them in good stead.

He urged them to continue the process begun at Riverdale to develop and appreciate character strengths as tools for navigating life. Quoting the pre-Socratic thinker Heraclitus, Randolph said:  “ ‘Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.’  I do believe that you have grappled with what it really means to respect others, to empathize with people very different from yourselves, what it means to truly persevere in light of failure. This grappling has no real answers, but it takes you on a journey."

You can download Randolph's speech here.

The graduation will take place on the Upper School campus on June 9. This year’s alumni keynote speaker will be Kaila Colbin ’91, a social media entrepreneur based in Christchurch, New Zealand. A native New Yorker and graduate of Cornell University, Colbin is the co-founder of the Ministry of Awesome, a non-profit conceived to support the area following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

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