“With a Heart for Any Fate,” by Katherine Kirk, co-president

Mr. Henderson, members of the faculty, students, friends and parents of the Noble and Greenough School, welcome to the graduation of the Class of 2014.

And welcome to this beautiful campus. Here we are nestled together beneath this big, pillowy white tent with one of the greatest seasons of all upon us. We all have sunshine, long evenings filled with warm breezes, and starry nights ahead. To the Class of 2014: We’ve made it and you are all beautiful! 

To all the Nobles underclassmen you will make it too.

Now, I’m actually not quite sure how got to this day. My skirts never quite hit the knee and I spent far too much time wandering the school hoping to find my cell phone. My head can be up in the clouds, and I can get caught up magical moments, but somehow it all came together.

My Nobles experience started in the middle school with Mr. Gifford and we had days full of joy and faces full of braces.

When I entered the upper school I felt lonely—at the bottom of the heap. There was one girl who made me feel miserable. She was mean and critical of everything I said or did. She was in all my classes and seemed to lurk in every corner of Gleason Hall. Eventually, I mustered up the courage to tell her to stop. And she did stop. And you know who that girl was? I was that girl. I had been hard on myself and unforgiving, so I decided to just be me with a heart for any fate!

I have learned to open my heart’s center and to focus on the greatness of those around me. All of you! 

You helped me to find within this school and within my own class a wellspring of gentle hearts.  You all, each and every one of you, have unique, inspiring voices with stories to tell. 

I want to thank the faculty who believed in me long before I believed in myself and who cared about me not only as a student, but as a whole person. I would not be here with flowers in my hair without their guidance and love.

To my roommates, Susan and John, I have a simple message: With friends like you who needs parents.  

To the Class of 2014, I admire you. Your creativity, laughter, determination, smiles, intellect, curiosity and kindness have made Nobles alive and beautiful. As you embark upon your next adventures be proud and confident.

We walk off this campus today not only as classmates but as brothers and sisters. The steady cheer we began at the beginning of the year and brought to the Milton games, assembly and theatrical performances will carry on from this day forward. Wherever your future takes you, remember the cheering. Don't forget to listen for it. We are cheering you on every day! 

During a Nobles football practice one autumn evening at Nobles, Mr. LaDuke had one word to describe the geese that flew in a V shape across the Nobles fields: Magnificent. Today the Class of 2014 emerges from this campus as magnificent geese. Each of you will make this world a more beautiful place. I can’t wait to see who you will become and what you will do. Seasons may change, winter to spring, but may one day the seasons bring this gaggle of geese home again. 

My co-president is about to take the stage and I want to tell him, “Thank you.” This co-president thing has been pretty nifty. Ben holds within himself an immense pool of kindness, wit and humor, endearing spirit. Ben, there was never a truer gentleman than you. 

Thank you all, and congratulations to the Class of 2014.

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“With a Heart for Any Fate,” by Katherine Kirk, co-president