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The normal convocation procession from Cheshire Academy to St. Bridget Church was altered as Mother Nature decided to play the role of spoiler early Wednesday morning.
Undeterred, students, staff, and faculty marched from the far edge of the Cheshire Academy campus to the Arthur Sheriff Field House. The bell atop Bowden Hall run 219 times this morning, Sept. 5; once for each year since Cheshire Academy’s founding.
Students, some of whom were back on campus and some who were first-year students, packed into the field house’s gymnasium. Families, friends, and faculty sat on the court and listened to the speakers and musical selections. Head of School Dr. Jerry Larson removed his sports coat and quickly remarked about how warm and humid it was.
“It’s hot in here. It’s uncomfortable, but I challenge you to be uncomfortable. You need to be uncomfortable to grow,” Larson said in his opening remarks.
He challenged the students, as well as the staff, to step outside their comfort zones this year and not to be afraid of failure.
“There are 536 members of this community here everyday and I urge you to move beyond your barriers,” he said.
The brief ceremony is held annually, lead by a bag piper and school administration. Traditionally the students march from Cheshire Academy to St. Bridget Church, then back again to campus following convocation. With rain in the forecast, students and staff stayed on campus.
Following convocation, families went home or to work and the students proceeded to the first class of the new school year.
Read more about convocation, including remarks from the senior class president, in the Sept. 13 edition of The Cheshire Herald.