A Lion’s Roar of Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Our 147th Commencement Exercises was a glorious moment in the lives of Dwight seniors and their families! Held at the beautiful Metropolitan Museum of Art, the graduation of the Class of 2019 also marked the final hours that they would spend together as one.

Savoring the moment in her remarks ― and even trying to stop the clock for all ― was Valedictorian Gabriela Kavorsky Rotta. She, together with Salutatorian Sol Martinez-Rumbo Munoz, spoke in their own unique ways to the challenges and triumphs their classmates shared, the bonds they forged, and provided a glimpse into their own personal Dwight journeys. Both also thanked family and friends, the administration, faculty, and staff for the steadfast support they received along the way.


Chancellor Stephen Spahn; Head of School Dianne Drew, who had a special connection to this class as their advisor throughout high school; and Twelfth Grade Dean Alex Cunningham also delivered remarks and parting words of wisdom.


Three graduates shared their musical sparks of genius: Tiffany Zhang played a stirring Chopin Nocturne on the piano; and Nadia Affolter and Estella Zacharia sang a moving duet of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”
The extended Dwight family was there, looking on proudly, as students were recognized with 32 awards for their outstanding achievements in academics, the arts, and athletics, as well as for their leadership and contributions to our community. Following these recognitions, all 79 Dwight and Dwight Global students received their well-earned diplomas.


Once every name had been called and the last diploma was in hand, the time had come for turning of tassels, from right to left, symbolizing the crossing from high school to the next exciting stage in their lives. With this ceremonial gesture, the Class of 2019 became our newest alumni!


As they move on to the finest colleges and universities in the world, we wish them a lion-sized congratulations!


For those who missed it, please click here for a video of our Commencement Exercises.