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Wearing long, flowing white dresses and carrying bouquets of pink roses, 80 seniors crossed the stage in Sacred Heart Greenwich’s 170th commencement Thursday.
“The world is waiting for you to give the gift only you can give,” Head of School Pamela Hayes told them.
Those gifts, and the graduates who possess them, are formidable. One grad ran the Boston marathon this year, another is a pre-professional dancer in New York City; one has been a three-sport varsity athlete since freshman year, another won a Scholastic award for her writing. Both valedictorians mentioned “the shark girls,” who, led by Teaken Haggerty, went down to Bimini to study shark behavior.
Hayes introduced speaker Christina Ciardullo, an alumnus (Class of 2002) and senior architect at LAVA, a global architecture firm specializing in sustainable design in Berlin. She is the co-founder of SEArch+, Space Exploration Architecture, which develops human-supporting designs for space habitats.
She described her life as designing sustainable buildings and changing the diapers of her 11-month-old daughter - like many women of her generation trying to “do it all.”
“If it is the stereotype of a woman to ‘do it all,’ perhaps a Sacred Heart woman does it all in context, from the deeply spiritual to the deeply intellectual, cultivating her own life and the lives in the community around her,” she said.
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