Today's graduation and aliyah was both a joyful and a tear-filled celebration. The Class of 2019 was addressed by Head of School Dr. Dan Glass, Director of Middle School Dr. Sivan Tarle, Board Chair Howard Caro, and Rabbi Danny Gottlieb of Congregation Beth Israel Judea. Middle school social studies teacher and advisor Neal Biskar shared insight about our graduating "bubble" class: "Class of 2019, you are hard hard-working, conscientious, you love learning, you are supportive, and most of all, you are a group of students for whom high expectations are an opportunity to show how talented and capable you are."
For the first time, a student speaker was selected. Eighth grader Avital D. shared, “At Brandeis, I was given countless opportunities to expand my horizons, try new things, and pursue my passions. Throughout middle school, Brandeis’s core values—kindness, integrity, and service—were woven into many activities and lessons until they were no longer a second thought.”
Following the "Portrait of the Class of 2019" slideshow and the presentation of diplomas, the Trebles (middle school chorus) joined with returning alumnae to sing the song "One Voice." Then came the aliyah of each grade, with each student in turn taking a pledge administered by Dr. Glass—"to be a leader in this community, to be a role model for kids younger than me," to "make every day matter by trying my best," and to "act kindly, with a courageous heart, toward a better world."
Before the full student body arrived for the graduation ceremony, graduates participated in a longtime Brandeis tradition, as well as a new tradition. The eighth graders gave their "Chain" addresses, in which each student addresses a classmate, reminiscing on the experiences they have shared over the years at Brandeis. Then, they did one final walk through campus and saw memento tables of their time at Brandeis, assembled by their parents. MORE PHOTOS