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Commencement 2023

Graduates walk toward the stage at the beginning of commencement 2023

What's next for the 102 members of the Class of 2023? In his Commencement address, Head of School Darryl J. Ford Hon. 1689 drew inspiration from an icon of film and fashion to assure the graduates that all possibilities are theirs to create.  "I saw a quote on a sign at a college campus which inspired me," Ford said to Penn Charter's seniors and their families, friends and teachers gathered on Maguire Field on June 10, "and I knew I would use it for this address. The quote is from Audrey Hepburn: 'Nothing is impossible; the word itself says 'I'm possible!'"

All members of the Class of 2023 in a group photo
Graduate processes onto Maguire Field

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"There are two themes I want to highlight to our graduates. These themes are possibility and making a difference. What difference can you make? With this Penn Charter education that you have, be on the lookout for the change you may foster. Connect your 'I'm Possible' to your making a difference."

-Head of School Darryl J. Ford. This was Ford's final commencement as head. He has attended 26 PC commencements since joining the school in 1997.

Darryl Ford speaks to graduates at Commencement 2023

Commencement Remarks

Watch: 2023 Commencement Ceremony

The ceremony began with a processional by members of the Class of 2023 followed by a processional of faculty and staff led by Head of School Darryl J. Ford Hon. 1689, Clerk of Trustees Jeffrey A. Reinhold, Commencement Marshall John W. Burkhart OPC '72, Director of Upper School Kimberley E. Berndt, and Alumni Society President Michelle M. Chaitt OPC '00. In addition to student remarks from Chet Kempinski and Chloe Pinto, senior class clerk Cliff Harling presented the Senior Class Gift, Ford presented the Phi Beta Kappa Award to Jack Frank (given to the student outstanding in scholarship in the graduating class), and Chaitt presented the PC Alumni Society Senior Award to Sydney DelBello (given to a senior who on qualification of scholarship, character, leadership, and athletic ability exemplifies the best PC type). Following the presentation of diplomas and Ford's remarks, Quakers Dozen performed "Sing Your Way Home" and the alma mater before the PC band led the recessional of the members of the Class of 2023 off Maguire Field and into the future. (Note: Video of the ceremony begins at the 27:00.)

Thank you to the parents and caregivers who have contributed to the Senior Parent Gift, which supports professional development for PC teachers. As of June 15, we had raised $121,658! If you'd like to make a gift, the deadline is June 30. All gifts, no matter the amount, impact future students and continued excellence in teaching.