2016 Kindergarten Graduation
On May 22, we celebrated our youngest graduates, the kindergarten Class of 2016 (or the future Class of 2028), who successfully completed kindergarten! Beautifully dressed in their finest, the graduates proudly entered the ceremony to the song “Color Esperanza” by Diego Torres accompanied by their senior buddies, who have served as aspirational friends and role models to these young students over the past year. The girls confidently walked in like poised little blossoms nourished by the warmth and light of their parents and teachers who watched on with pride. The boys marched in with their heads held high in their suits and ties, ready face the challenges ahead.
Once they took their places, Maritere Larrieu, Elementary School Division Head and Pathways Program Supervisor , presented graduates Angélica Ramos, Joshua Sims and Olgamaris Toro, who blessed the event by leading everyone in a prayer titled “Cherished Friendship Days,” reminding us to value and treasure each day’s joys, as well as the strength and inspiration that friendships bring. In the Welcome Address, graduate Nicole Rivera welcomed family, friends and Robinson faculty and staff. She told them how hard the class had worked this year and that they felt ready to face first grade. Graduate Sebastián García continued by introducing the theme of this year’s graduation, “the beginning of all our dreams.” They asked everyone to join the kindergarten Class of 2016 in celebrating “the beginning of a new chapter in the book of our lives.” The welcome song, “Hello to All the Children of the World,” was performed by the entire graduating class. The song and dance welcomed our international Robinson community in many different languages—including Hebrew, Chinese and Japanese, as well as English and Spanish, among others.
Graduates Claudia Salinero and Carolina Vizcarrondo eloquently dedicated the graduation to parents, teachers and “everyone who made this possible.” They also dedicated the ceremony to the graduating Robinson Senior Class of 2016, thanking them for their love, support and friendship. After the dedication, the class performed the song “Wherever I Go” by Hannah Montana to all their senior buddies, dancing enthusiastically while a slideshow played in the background with memories of the time they spent together over the past year.
The celebration continued with an acrostic poem titled “Kindergarten.” This performance was dedicated to “Mom and Dad in appreciation for all they have done” (and continue to do). Members of the kindergarten Class of 2016 stood onstage holding letters, all jumbled and out of order. Each letter stood for a word that represented what they had learned in kindergarten:
K for kindergarten (Nolan Poinson)
I for imagination (Alicia Wu)
N for numbers (Rafael Miranda)
D for drawing (Lorena del Valle)
E for exercise (Gustavo Canellas)
R for reading (Martina Berrios)
G for great friends (Guiliano Castillo)
A for the alphabet (Mariali Castillo)
R for remembering everything they had learned (Sasha Marxuach)
T for the treats they received every Friday (Dylan Tirado)
E for the excitement of the past year (Ariana Collazo)
N for next year (Valentina Benítez), which marks the beginning of a new chapter in their education.
At the end, they cheered, “First grade, here we come!” As each student stepped up and recited their line, they took their place until, by the end, they had spelled out the word “Kindergarten” across the stage in shiny silver and gold letters. The graduates then delighted the audience with their special graduation poem, “I’m Much, Much, Wiser” about how much they’ve learned over the past year and the friends they’ve made.
Then, the moment everyone had been waiting for…Lorimar Ramírez and Nahir Rosado, their kindergarten teachers, presented the graduates with their diplomas! Afterward, graduates Camila Colón, Gustavo Canellas, Yamar Mayor and Jaelyn Douglas recited the poem “When I Started Kindergarten,” which described how much they’d grown over the past year.
As the ceremony continued, first grader Derek Tirado presented graduate Amaya Meléndez with the Class Key or—as he so eloquently put it—“the key to the future,” which opens the door to a world of adventure, excitement, learning, and growth. Amaya accepted the key and expressed how much she and her classmates are looking forward to “all the wonderful new experiences it will unlock for us.”
Lorimar Ramírez and Nahir Rosado then addressed the graduates (and former students) with a special message, reminding them of the most important lesson they had the honor of teaching these students: “you are special, just because you are you!” They expressed how much they loved teaching this class and reminded them to come back and visit.
The Class of 2028 stood in a line across the stage with their backs to the audience. When they turned around, they were wearing sunglasses (because their future is so bright) and energetically performed “Try Everything” by Shakira as a symbol of their growth and new beginnings. The uplifting song truly expressed the adventurous spirit of this graduating class and the Robinson philosophy that taking risks and bouncing back are what make the best students and strongest individuals.
Graduate Lilly Sánchez thanked everyone present prior to the final benediction by Rosangélica Acevedo, Robinson School Chaplain, who gave thanks for the years of effort that went into this momentous celebration and the blessing of being a part of the great family that is the Robinson School community. Finally, Cindy Ogg, Robinson Head of School (and former kindergarten teacher, many years ago) thanked everyone “for sharing this special occasion with us…God bless you all!” Graduates filed out of the ceremony, ready to face the future!
Robinson School is proud to present the Class of 2028! Good luck! We are so proud of you!