Live in the moment and embrace the opportunities were among the messages delivered at McDonogh’s Opening Convocation on Wednesday, August 30.
The annual ceremony began with prefirst and first graders walking hand-in-hand with members of the Class of 2024, down the hill to Childs Memorial Terrace. After delivering a few “Dad jokes,” Head of School Dave Farace ‘87 set the tone for the morning quoting the opening lines from “Seasons of Love” from the Broadway musical Rent. With the focus on the fact that there are 525,600 minutes in a year, he implored students to “take the time to appreciate the small moments—those breathtaking sunsets and occasional rainbows on campus, spirited spike ball or pickleball games, shared laughter on the quad, the playground or in the dining hall, random acts of kindness toward others, and those late-night heart-to-heart conversations with one another in the dorms.”
He concluded, “As we embark on this new year, let us lead with compassion, serve with passion and create positive change. Let’s also slow down and treasure each precious minute—all 525,600 of them. McDonogh, here's to an inspired year filled with joy, growth, and countless memorable moments. Together, let's make this 150th anniversary truly remarkable!”
His remarks were followed by words of encouragement from the President of the Class of 2024 Matthias Miller; Middle School representative Tory C. ‘28; and prefirst students Waverly R. ‘36 and Elliott H. ‘36. The Convocation ceremony concluded with the ringing of the school bell by Jon Aaron ‘72 to officially open the 2023-2024 school year.
Watch the ceremony here.