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Deerfield Academy alumna addresses 218th commencement Sunday

  • Lucy Bradford Beimfohr, of the Deerfield Academy class of 2017, addresses the attendees of their commencement Sunday, May 28, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • The Deerfield Academy class of 2017 before the start of their commencement Sunday, May 28, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Carrie Freeman Braddock addresses the class of 2017 at Deerfield Academy’s commencement Sunday. RECORDER STAFF/MATT BURKHARTT

  • Duncan Alexander Duff Mackay II, of the Deerfield Academy class of 2017 addresses the attendees of their commencement Sunday, May 28, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Mason Bonnie of the Deerfield Academy class of 2017 looks to football coach Brian Barbato after he is mentioned in the senior address of Duncan Alexander Duff Mackay II during their commencement Sunday, May 28, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Members of the Deerfield Academy class of 2017 receive their diplomas at their commencement Sunday, May 28, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Lucy Bradford Beimfohr, right, of the Deerfield Academy class of 2017, is presented with the Deerfield Cup by Head of School Dr. Margarita Curtis at the school’s commencement Sunday. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • A Deerfield Academy underclassman leans over looking for the class of 2017 graduating class before their commencement Sunday, 28, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Members of the Deerfield Academy class of 2017 sign the alumni book after receiving their diplomas Sunday, May 28, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Rob Hale, of the Deerfield Academy class of 1984 embraces the Head of School, Dr. Margarita Curtis, after being presented with the Robert Crow award at the class of 2017 commencement Sunday, May 28, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Members of the Deerfield Academy class of 2017 sign the alumni book after receiving their diplomas Sunday, May 28, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt



For the Bulletin
Thursday, June 01, 2017

DEERFIELD — At Deerfield Academy’s 218th commencement, speaker and alumna Carrie Freeman Braddock had a simple message for the 2017 graduates: Do well, but also do good.

She implored the students to not only be successful, but to help solve problems and do work of importance.

Freeman Braddock graduated from the school in 1992, and went on to earn degrees from Dartmouth and Columbia. She is now the director of the Centerbridge Foundation, which helps fund education initiatives in New York and London.

Freeman Braddock told the graduating seniors that with the education they have received, they not only have opportunity, but a responsibility to help solve the problems of their generation.

She was among one of the first classes of women to graduate from Deerfield after the school made the decision to become coeducational in 1989. Freeman Braddock said the opportunity played into her decision to go to Deerfield.

“We invented our own version of the Deerfield girl,” she said.

She advised the students to seek out opportunities like that, where there is no road map and there may be several mistakes and failures before success.

Margarita Curtis, the head of school, gave remarks at the beginning of the ceremony on the Deerfield Academy campus in Old Deerfield.

Two students from the school, Duncan Alexander Duff Mackay II and Lucy Bradford Beimfohr, gave senior addresses before Freeman Braddock’s remarks.

Local graduates

The following Deerfield residents graduated with the class of 2017 at Deerfield Academy: Aiden Day, Aliana Thomas-Adams, Owen Downie, Robert Mollo, Shane Graves and Shelby Scarborough.