Between endings and beginnings, one moment — the present — often gets overlooked, Rabbi Micah Lapidus said during the Davis Academy’s 2018 graduation ceremony Thursday, May 31.
That’s a lesson the 68 members of the Class of 2018, the largest in Davis’ history, will take to high school in the fall. The present represents a moment when people can pause and reflect, Rabbi Lapidus said, something the graduates and their friends and families did while viewing a video of the students’ memories of Davis.
The graduates will scatter to 11 public and private high schools, including the Weber School. The 2018 class increases the total number of graduates of the 25-year-old school to 1,033.
Drew Frank, Davis’ associate head of school and principal, reflected on the graduates’ time at the school: “Over the years we have come to know, laugh and love each and every one of you, and I will miss the incredible artistic, musical, theatrical, comical talent in the years you have shared here.”
As keynote speaker, Class of 2004 alumna and Tulane University graduate Kelsey Rogut represented Davis’ past while helping the graduates look to the future. She urged them to work hard, surround themselves with friends and leaders who make them feel strong and confident, not stress over the little things, let go of drama, think carefully about what they give and get for their work, and continue to make their families and themselves proud.
Rogut dedicated the speech to a friend from Argentina she met at Davis through ORT in the seventh grade. The two became best friends, and Rogut visited her seven years after graduation in Buenos Aires while studying abroad in college. The friend died from leukemia three years ago, but Rogut said she will never forget the role Davis played in bringing the two women together.
“This place is always going to be a blessing in your lives,” Rogut said.
She also quoted Dr. Seuss: “You are off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”
Photos by Sarah Moosazadeh
Davis Class of 2018
The following are the 68 eighth-graders who graduated from the Davis Academy on Thursday, May 31.