Commencement Celebrates Class of 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019
Valedictorian Sophia Divone

The 120 members of Mercersburg’s Class of 2019 received their diplomas Saturday, May 25, at the school’s 126th Commencement ceremony.

The senior class hails from 17 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 16 nations of the world. They received admission offers from 239 colleges and universities and will matriculate to 86 different institutions.

Watch a video recording of Commencement or Baccalaureate.

“When I was 12 or 13, a coach of mine recited the quote, ‘A river cuts through rock not because of its power but because of its persistence,’” shared Valedictorian Sophia Divone, who is headed to Duke University this fall. “Class of 2019: I’m confident that we will cut through rock, not by the loudness or forcefulness of our voices, but through our intellectual dexterity, strong character, and unwavering resilience.”

“Mercersburg is an extraordinary place that has allowed me and all of you to explore various interests without limitations on who you should and can be,” said Commencement speaker Magdalena Kala ’09. “Cherish that spirit of exploration as you go through the next stage of your life. Follow the jungle gym of your curiosity instead and see where it takes you.”

A native of Poland, Kala was valedictorian of her senior class and went on to graduate from Harvard University and Stanford University. She is vice president of consumer, retail, and dining at Bain Capital, an angel investor in consumer startups, and a former member of Mercersburg’s Board of Regents.

Others offering remarks during Commencement included Salutatorian Jason Fang; this year’s Nevin Orators, Patrice McGloin and Thomas Yonke; Class President Hunter Roberts; Student Council President Jerry Jaime Gomory; and Head of School Katie Titus P ’20, ’23.

Commencement Weekend kicked off Friday afternoon, May 24, in the Burgin Center for the Arts with the Senior Art Reception in the Cofrin Gallery and the Senior Music Recital in the Simon Theatre. Baccalaureate took place in the Irvine Memorial Chapel Friday evening, with retiring faculty member Frank Rutherford ’70, P ’03, ’06, ’06 as the featured speaker.

“Be curious to follow the different path,” Rutherford told the senior class. “Be willing to journey the road less traveled. And be willing to come back and tell us your story.”