On June 1, Tabor Academy will celebrate the achievements of 141 graduating seniors, each on their way to college in the U.S. or abroad. Coming from near and far across the U.S. and the world, the class includes 21 international students hailing from 7 countries, while 28 are from the SouthCoast area. A feature of Tabor’s graduation is the recognition and induction of new members into the school’s Cum Laude Society. This year, 28 students from around the world will join this prestigious academic society.
Founded in 1906, the Cum Laude Society is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools. Modeled after the Phi Beta Kappa of colleges, the society grants a limited number of memberships to schools of superior academic quality. Tabor Academy was granted membership in 1930, and since that time over 1,000 Tabor students have been honored with Cum Laude distinction.
For a student to earn membership in the Tabor Cum Laude chapter, he or she must have achieved a minimum cumulative average of 90 or above by April of the senior year in a rigorous, challenging, and full course of study that includes advanced-level courses in both the junior and senior years. A candidate’s school citizenship and moral character are considered as well.
The graduates will hear from their student leaders, as well as Story Musgrave, a NASA astronaut for over 30 years, as their Commencement Speaker. A member of the space shuttle Challenger’s first flight, Musgrave performed the first spacewalk and was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission. Between his six space flights, he was the communicator in mission control for 25 missions.
“With six graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, and literature, and twenty honorary doctorates, Musgrave has shown throughout his life the value of persistently engaging with individual curiosity and building knowledge in order to make a difference in the world around us. I am eager to have our students and guests hear Musgrave’s stories and perspective to learn what drives this incredible man,” said John Quirk, Head of School.
Tabor Commencement will be held under the Great Tent on the Tabor Waterfront at 10:00 am on June 1. Tabor Academy Class of 2018 includes:
From Marion: Oliver C. Bride, Anastasia S. Chase*, Mari S. Daly, Tucker A. Hrasky, Harrison Judd*, Madeline A. Kistler*, John C. McCain, John S. Murray, Julia N. Pardo, and Hannah O. Strom*
From Mattapoisett: Arthur C. Cayer, Riley A. Knight, Madison R. LaCasse*, and Dennis R. LaRock
From Rochester: Daniel H. Bailey and Georgia C. West
*indicates Cum Laude Society Inductee