"We Will Rise:" Graduation for Prospect Hill Academy's Class of 2019

Valedictorian Rojry Basnet (pictured at right), whose parents "both sacrificed everything as they immigrated to the United States in hopes of a better life" called on her classmates to "honor the people who have always believed in you, who have always supported you, and who will continue to be by your side."

Speaker Wiener Douyon inspired the audience with an impactful poem that incorporated themes of justice, fate, loss, hope, strength, and perseverance, ending with the lines:

And I am more than certain that you all will be seeing
The fruits of our own reaping
Yes, that's a sight that we should all be cheering
And as our next steps are nearing
The world will realize

For the students on stage and many in the audience, the ceremony was bittersweet with the absence of beloved senior Samaya "Maya" Belizaire-Arrendel, who tragically passed away in September. In her memory, a chair was reserved on stage with a cap and gown, a drawing, and a tiara. During the ceremony, an honorary diploma was presented to Maya's siblings.

As they move on from PHA, members of the Class of 2019 will attend a wide range of local and national colleges and universities. 95% of the graduates are enrolled in four-year colleges.
Note: A number in parentheses indicates that multiple students are enrolled at the school.
Assumption College
Boston College - Woods College
Bentley University (3)
Brandeis University (6)
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
Boston University
Bucknell University
Colby College
Emmanuel College
Fisher College
Fitchburg State University (2)
Framingham State
College of the Holy Cross (5)
Lesley University
Loyola Maryland
Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2)
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (7)
Mt. Holyoke College
Northeastern University (2)
Norwich University
Quincy College
Rochester Institute of Technology (2)
Salem State University (4)
Skidmore College
St. John's University
St. Michael's College
Suffolk University
UMass Amherst (2)
UMass Boston (2)
UMass Lowell (4)
Union College (2)
Westfield State University