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Academy says goodbye to grads

  • Graduates from the Deerfield Academy class of 2016 share tearful embraces following their commencement Sunday, May 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Graduates from the Deerfield Academy class of 2016 share tearful embraces following their commencement Sunday, May 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Alaina Chen and her dance partner, Taro Jones, both graduates of the Deerfield Academy class of 2016 share an embrace following their commencement Sunday, May 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Graduates from the Deerfield Academy class of 2016 embrace following their commencement Sunday, May 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Graduates from the Deerfield Academy class of 2016 share tearful embraces following their commencement Sunday, May 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Graduates of Deerfield Academy's class of 2016 cross the stage after receiving their diplomas Sunday, May 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Graduates from the Deerfield Academy class of 2016 sign the alumni book after receiving their diplomas Sunday. Matt Burkhartt

  • A graduate from the Deerfield Academy class of 2016 sign the alumni book after receiving their diplomas Sunday, May 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Members of the Deerfield Academy class of 2016 sing at their conclusion of their commencement Sunday, May 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Graduates from the Deerfield Academy class of 2016 sign the alumni book after receiving their diplomas Sunday. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Colin Jost of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, delivers the Deerfield Academy class of 2016’s commencement speech Sunday. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Graduates from the Deerfield Academy class of 2016 share tearful embraces following their commencement Sunday, May 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Members of the Deerfield Academy class of 2016 line up to receive their diplomas at their commencement Sunday, May 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt



For the Gazette
Thursday, June 02, 2016

DEERFIELD — Family and friends gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class at Deerfield Academy on Sunday morning.

The commencement ceremony brought school community members together under a tent to watch the graduates walk across the stage and enter a new phase of life.

The school selected Colin Jost from NBC’s Saturday Night Live to come to the campus as the commencement speaker to crack a few jokes before wishing the students well on their next chapter.

While congratulating the graduates, Jost told them to be resilient and be prepared to stumble.

“At SNL I failed as much as I’ve succeeded,” he said.

Healy McCann Knight and Ezekiel Grogan Emerson gave the senior addresses, reflecting on their time on the majestic campus and how they grew and evolved during their time at Deerfield Academy.

“Deerfield has taught me to love life as it comes,” said Knight. “I will remember fondly how I lived for the last four years.”

She reflected on how she has grown from a freshmen just arriving on campus to the confident person she is today.

At least 11 locals graduated on Sunday from Deerfield Academy, including Amanda Deskavich of South Deerfield, Anna Ballou of South Deerfield, Benjamin Collins of South Deerfield, Brian Persons of South Deerfield, Ezekiel Emerson of Deerfield, Josephine Meier of Ashfield, Lucas Galperin of Deerfield, Maggie Yin of Deerfield, Maia Taylor of Deerfield, Samantha Habel of Conway and Sarah Dancer of Deerfield.