Visual artist and MacArthur fellow Anna Schuleit Haber delivered this year’s Commencement Address. A visiting artist at SBS this past November, Schuleit Haber is best known locally for her three-story-high, upside-down portrait of a man on the façade of the Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst. When viewed in the reflection of the adjacent campus pond, the image reflects right side up. Changing throughout the day as the light changes, the piece is titled, “Just a Rumor” and was commissioned by the University Gallery Fine Arts Center. Schuleit Haber studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence and Rome, as well as at Dartmouth College, and was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard. Among other honors, she was named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow for work that has “conceptual clarity, compassion and beauty.” She also worked on an installation at the abandoned Northampton State Hospital in 2000.
Commencement took place on Friday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. To read the transcript of Anna Schuleit Haber’s Commencement Address, “Believe the Bird,” please visit our school blog.
Each year the senior class nominates one student to represent them during commencement as the senior class speaker. This year, they chose Caroline Lord of Amherst, MA, who is president of the SBS Debate and Public Speaking Society. Graduates, students, faculty, staff, Board of Directors and guests heard remarks from other speakers, including Head of School Sally Mixsell and History Department Chair Karen Pleasant.
The 30 graduates of Stoneleigh-Burnham School represent seven countries. Seven graduates are International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates and eight are members of the National Honor Society.
Prizes and awards were also presented at the Commencement ceremony.