DARIEN, Conn. - A total of 105 members of the Class of 2014 were honored at Pomfret School’s 120th commencement held on Sunday, May 25, in Pomfret.
The following Darien students were honored, with each receiving a diploma from Head of School Tim Richards and Board President Charles Wilmerding as well as a congratulatory handshake from the Nobel laureate:
• Kelley Fitzpatrick
• Kari Kolderup
• Michael Weaver
Addressing the students was Dr. James Rothman, a Yale University professor, Pomfret trustee and December recipient of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Rothman, who last fall referred to the importance of following what is "deeply in your heart," spoke to the students about "Patience and Urgency."
Rothman gave the 105 graduates three career constellations by which to navigate their post-Pomfret lives: "Differentiate"; "Focus on long-term value"; and "Develop your leadership and teamwork skills."
Because, he said, "you are graduating at a time of profound change and ferment the likes of which we have not seen for half a century." With the scientist's eye, he presented what he saw as the fertile dynamics of patience and urgency. "Patience: Have a long-term goal. Stick with it. Set achievable short-term goals but never lose the big picture," he said. To make it work, "Urgency: Pursue [that] long-term goal as if every day matters--because it does."
Founded in 1894 and coeducational since 1968, Pomfret School is an independent college preparatory boarding and day school for 360 students in grades 9 through 12 and postgraduates, and the more than 40 faculty members involved in their lives. Set on 500 acres in the Last Green Valley of Northeastern Connecticut, Pomfret offers eight academic disciplines, 19 AP and 16 Honors courses, over 100 elective courses; 25 sports options, and numerous opportunities to participate in community outreach and service programs.