But, he argued, those character traits may be exactly what is necessary to get the class of 2014 ready for the real world outside of what students sometimes call the “Andover bubble.” Today’s graduating seniors enter a world of “mass globalization” that is more interconnected than ever before.
“On the national scale, this will be a minority-majority country by the year 2040,” he said, adding that the country as a whole, and Andover on a “micro-scale,” was a “fruit salad” of mixed races of people from all over the world.
Indeed, graduates this year hailed from as close by as Andover and from as far away as Missoula, Montana, The Netherlands, Beijing, and Kathmandu, Nepal.
Clark Perkins of Fairfield, Conn., one of two student speakers at the event, said one of the things he was most grateful about his education at Phillips was that he got to meet people from all over the world.
He was one of two co-presidents of the school. The other, Junius Williams, spoke at the Senior-Faculty Convocation.
The other graduation speaker was Zainab Aina of Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Local graduates included:
Andover: Tasmiah Ahmad, David Connor Belluche, Meera Bhan, Rosalyn Boyang Chen, Adam Reuben Brody, Rebecca Jui Cheng, Michael Daniel DeLaus, James Paul Falese, Peter Thomas Fanikos, David B. He, Sierra Moorea Henegan, Cooper Durham Hurley, Laura Kathryn Ippolito, Samantha L. Johnson, Poonam Rakesh Kamdar, Eunji (Julia) Kim, Samuel Harry Landay, Sophia Lillian Landay, Helen Grace Leahy, Josiah Crist Legaspi, Tyler William Marshall, Kristin Finlayson McIntire, Stephen Theodore Moreland IV, Tadeas Nemec, Doris Akinyi Nyamwaya, Elizabeth Marley Rao, Jacob Spencer Rauh, Nathan Yang Sheng, Leah Tamar Shrestinian, Willa Cooper Tellekson-Flash and Andrea Cristina Yepez.
North Andover: Eric James Alpert, Austin Thomas Gaiss, George Zhi-Ping Gu, Hyunji Koo, Janine Debra Ko, Andrew Lane O’Brien, Heson Oh, Soha Sanchorawala, Jiay Hikaru Shida and Corinna Sousan Torabi.