The Quadrangle was filled with beautiful sunshine and joyful smiles on Friday, June 2nd, as Nichols School celebrated its 125th Commencement and conferred diplomas to the 93 members of the Class of 2017. Head of School Bill Clough welcomed the community with opening remarks, commenting that the Class of 2017 is confident, grateful, and proud of their accomplishments, and has a strong foundation on which to build for the future.
The commencement address was delivered by President of the Board of Trustees Jerry Jacobs '81, who reminisced about his days in the halls of Nichols School. Jacobs addressed the senior class directly, saying "know that when you step on this campus [as alumni], you will be welcomed...it will always be your school."
Mikyle Hassanali '17 served as the student-elected speaker. After listing the 8 countries represented by guests attending the 125th Commencement, Hassanali said that the senior class has "learned how to celebrate our differences...and has grown as academics, athletes, artists, and people."
Bill Clough presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Dr. Peter Boer '57, President and CEO of Tiger Scientific Inc. Boer is a dedicated supporter of institutions he loves, but is most importantly a devoted husband, parent, and grandparent who shares his love of learning with all. Clough remarked that Nichols is "incredibly fortunate to count you as one of our own, and as a friend and difference-maker in the world."
Jerry Jacobs presented the Distinguished Alumna Award to Annette Holzman Fitch '82, President of Print Plus. As an alumna, parent, trustee, volunteer, donor, and vendor of choice, Fitch has worn many hats that have all helped push Nichols to new levels of success. Jacobs commented that Fitch has "given her heart and soul to Nichols...you are one of the strongest, most dependable and likable members this community has the pleasure to know."
Bill Clough presented the Honorary Alumnus Award to Frank Witkowski, a member of Nichols' Facilities Department for the past 34 years. Clough spoke about Witkowski's "loyal and genuine approach to work and relationships with colleagues, students, and parents. [Witkowski] is the backbone to 1250 Amherst St., with an unparalleled sense of humor and contagious enthusiasm for life, and we can't imagine this place without you."
Lastly, donned in ivy crowns and green gowns, the seniors received their diplomas and became the newest members of Nichols School's alumni family. Congratulations to the Class of 2017!