Commencement Weekend 2016

It’s hard to believe that Commencement Weekend 2016 is right around the corner. The Class of 2016 will be awarded their diplomas the morning of Saturday, May 28 on the VVS quad at 9:30 am. The weekend is filled with celebrations to honor the class.

Festivities begin on Friday with an afternoon reception from 3:30 to 5:00 for seniors and their parents and hosted by Head of School Paul Amadio. An all-school bbq on the quad follows at 5:30 with dessert in Brady Hall after. We cap the night at with our annual Baccalaureate Night, a celebration of our top scholars, athletes, artists and activists at 6:30 in Brady Hall. A visual arts show will be up for viewing in Avery Gallery.

Saturday morning we will offer breakfast in the dining hall from 7:00 am until 9:00 am. The Class of 2016 will begin their procession to the quad at 9:30 am. Lunch is served after the ceremony at 11:30 am.

The Class of 2016 is Verde Valley School’s sixty-sixth graduating class.

Click here to register for Commencement Weekend.

Senior Speeches Begin


Some seniors have sat in the community meeting audience for years listening intently to the personal speeches each member of the graduating class presents to the community. Many excited underclassmen, realizing that they too must present a speech, get more and more reflective as they get closer to senior year and the moment they will stand before the crowd in the Gretchen Warren Chapel and talk of their time at VVS.  For all, the senior speech program is a highlight of Friday community meeting.


As a graduation requirement, each senior is asked to address the community in the form of a senior speech. Speeches range in topic and delivery (some Fridays there are tears, some Fridays there are laughs, some Fridays there are both), but all illustrate the speakers experience during their time at VVS.


This year’s speakers have presented some fantastic talks to the community.  Below is a list of upcoming senior speeches.  Some will make their way to the VVS website as audio files, while some seniors prefer to keep their speeches confined to the walls of the Gretchen Warren Chapel.   As a preview, click here for a recent speech delivered by senior Jonathan Liszka-Hackzell.


Faculty get to know students very well here at VVS, and another highlight of the senior speech program are the peer and faculty introductions.  English teacher Claire Brislin and music teacher Cooper Evans went all out when they introduced Lila Duran-Ruiz earlier in the year.  View here.


2015-2016 Senior Speech Schedule

Date Speaker
October 2, 2015  Zino Vieth
October 9, 2015 Eugene Truong
October 23, 2015 Jonathan Liszka-Hackzell
October 30, 2015 Lila Duran-Ruiz
December 4, 2015 John Lee
December 11, 2015 Jake Siet
January 8, 2016 Drake Busby
January 15, 2016 Jorge Porta-Bereciartua
January 22, 2016 Kelly Franks
January 29, 2016 Annemarie Schneider
February 5, 2016 Alexander Ochser
February 8, 2016 Kevin Singsaas
February 12, 2016 Vivian Zhou
February 15, 2016 Ehsan Nasiry
February 19, 2016 Kelly Uwase Rubangura
February 22, 2016 Lucy Warren
February 26, 2016 Gabby Grosbety
March 4, 2016 Jolly Nguyen
March 7, 2016 Noa Lee
March 2452016 Gracie Shoup-Lenning
March 28, 2016 Tiffany Tian
April 1, 2016 Maya Shen
April 4, 2016 Linh Nguyen
April 8, 2016 Aa Gonzales
April 11, 2016 Elyse Canty
April 15, 2016 Lola Olorode
April 18, 2016 Jennie Harlan
April 22, 2016 Rami al Nahas