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Commencement 2020

All students imagine their senior year. No one imagined it like this.

Extraordinary events have kept graduates at all levels from the important rites of passage and traditions enjoyed by so many generations before them. The Cranbrook Educational Community celebrates the character and perseverance of all high school seniors, everywhere.

Cranbrook Schools congratulates our seniors for facing today’s challenges with resilient spirit both as individuals and as a connected community. Working from home in twenty-three countries around the world, you have completed your journey as Cranbrook students and are prepared to advance - with courage, hope and grace - to the next chapter of your lives. Even though we cannot be together as we normally would, we stand joyfully with you, proudly recognizing your accomplishments and celebrating all that the future holds.

On behalf of the entire Cranbrook Schools community, congratulations to the Class of 2020.
 

A Four-Part Graduation Celebration - Overview

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  • Wednesday, June 3rd: Senior Class Car Parade and Graduation Pictures. Arrival starting at 10:00 AM, Event Starting at 10:30 AM.

    We welcome seniors and their families to campus and to celebrate their graduation in a way that supports physical distance and Michigan’s current stay-at-home and gathering restrictions.

    This is a celebratory day for our seniors, who are able to attend, to return to campus, see classmates and faculty, collect yearbooks, and – most important - receive their diplomas in advance of Friday’s Commencement. Following the parade’s conclusion, for any family who wishes, a boxed lunch will be provided. A professional photographer will be available for a formal family photo at Christ Church Cranbrook after the car parade through 3:30 PM.

    Cranbrook is grateful to the Christ Church Cranbrook community for their support and generosity in hosting us on June 3rd.
  • Thursday, June 4th, 7:30 PM EST: Senior Awards Night.

    This annual event, focusing on the hard work, determination, character, and accomplishments of the Class of 2020, will be live-streamed from Cranbrook Reading Room at 7:30 PM. Faculty and administrative presenters will announce awards and recipients, while extending congratulatory remarks to our seniors and their families.
  • June 5th, 9:30 AM EST: Cranbrook Kingswood Virtual Commencement Ceremony.

    This is a one-of-a-kind virtual graduation ceremony for our one-of-a-kind seniors that will enable them to contribute as individuals and to share this event as one class.

    Commencement will include speeches from our distinguished alumni Selma Blair ’90 and Mr. Michael Acheson ’80 and selected senior class speakers, Sherrye Ye and Gabriel Ervin.

    In addition, each senior will have an opportunity to offer a senior statement to be included in the Commencement Ceremony. These will be professionally mastered for Cranbrook by Detroit’s Motown Digital.

    We encourage all families to make the most of this day, celebrating this morning event at home, starting at 9:30 AM EST. We invite parents or a revered family member to honor their graduates by bestowing diplomas at the appointed time in the ceremony.

    A commencement program and live link will be available on this site.
  • May, 2021: Class of 2020 Returns to Campus to Celebrate.

    We know the importance for our seniors to have an opportunity to physically gather together and congratulate each other; however, state-wide restrictions make this a challenge at this time and likely through the summer. We also recognize the Class of 2020 missed many traditional parts of their senior spring.

    Thus, we invite members of the Class of 2020 to join with us and to design a gathering in May 2021 that extends the celebration of their Cranbrook experience and includes both traditional elements and our soon-to-be-graduates’ perspective and reflections on leaving Cranbrook during this remarkable time. Seniors who have not already done so and who would like to collaborate on this event should contact Head of Upper School Noel Dougherty at ndougherty@cranbrook.edu.

Coming Together Around the World

This year, Cranbrook Schools’ commencement will be webcast live around the world on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 9:30 AM EST. We celebrate the diversity that comprises Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School and are thrilled that our global community will come together to watch this historic moment (please see links above). In the days following graduation, you will be able to download the video and commencement program.


Presenting the Graduating Class of 2020

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  • Click here for the full list of graduating seniors

    Sohum Jayant Acharya
    Paloma Elena Adams
    Ilina Adhikari
    Edward Gregory Agamov
    Grace Shaw Aikens
    Imge Aktugan
    Noa Isabel Alterman
    Yasmin Binti Amir Hamzah
    Alexander David Armstrong
    Emma Kathryn Austin
    Aakash Vinaayak Bharat
    Emma Douglas Block
    Rebecca Claire Blum
    Zoe Miller Boise
    Julia Lucas Bolukh
    Olivia Rose Bowden
    Wallace Hayes Bradley
    Margaret Rose Brice
    Allison Rose Brook
    Asha Rani Bulusu
    Chatchanant Busamrong
    Miranda Claire Cancelosi
    Torin Legend Caplan
    Kerrigan Arianna Carr
    Clare Wren Catallo-Werner
    Rachel Lauren Chaika
    Rui Chang
    Thomas Joon Chang
    Angela Chao
    Shaza Asim Chaudry
    William Chen
    Yang Chen
    Thanadol Chomphoochan
    Bodie Lynn Collins
    Benjamin Christopher Conti
    Aidan Thomas Cristbrook
    Sophie M Cronk
    Thong Minh Nguyen Dao
    Ava Josephine Deeby
    Asha Jacqueline Denny
    Daphne Lynne Donigan
    Noah Thomas Dreyer
    Conor Franklin Edwards
    Marci W. Edwards
    Alexander James Eikenberry
    Angelina Jordan Elder
    Gabriel Gregory Ervin
    Jonathon Andrew Fairman
    Madison Fan
    Rose Helena Feinbloom
    James Elliot Henry Feord
    Emma Marie Ference
    Trina Marie Fiebig
    Aerin Rose Fink
    Nathan Lawrence Silverman Frankel
    Lily Ann Gardella
    Madison Sophia Gardner
    Noah Michael Goldberger
    Robin Katherine Goldman
    Sophie Leah Goleski
    Joel Stephen Greene
    Michael James Grosinger
    Jinying Guan
    Jiayi Hao
    Malik Maxell Eugene Harris
    Xavier Cortez Harrison
    Samuel Joseph Hauxwell
    Charles Edwin Stahl Hefter
    David Ber Samuel Hermelin
    Kali Lillia Hightower
    Joyce Claire Hong
    Reilly Augusta Hourigan
    Austin Chang Hu
    Zongwei Hu
    Quoc Tuan Huynh
    Mia Kay Inakage
    Meher Anum Jabbar
    Kullen Drake Jahnke
    TaRon Joseph-Richard Jones
    Daniel Ihor Juzych
    Sophie Noelle Kane
    Hye Jin Kang
    Natalia Kask
    Diana Giovanna Kernen
    William Alexander Kerr
    Ayyoob Mohammed Khan
    Hayoung Kim
    Kyuhyun Kim
    Suhyoung Kong
    Luke Alexander Koski
    Joseph Mark Kosman
    Kelsey Shea Kowal
    Chad Eric Kubrak
    Ethan George Kumar
    Eleanor Vivian Kwartowitz
    Angelina Jeehye Kwon
    Connor Houlihan LaBo
    Gabriel R. LaLonde
    Grant Alan Landry
    Emily Hannah Langdon
    Chin Wai Lee
    Jung Won Lee
    Natasha Soo-Jin Lee
    Maya Bartley Lenz
    Alessandro Nicholas Leporati
    Shannon Margaret Lewand
    Christopher William Ley
    Emerson Kent Li
    Daniel Chong Liang
    Alexander Liu
    Alexandra Ellen Lowery
    Nicholas Alexander Ludwig
    Haneefa Mahmood
    Jami Sarah Male
    Cole Mohandas Mali
    Hoa Ngoc Trung Man
    Maria Emilia Marcantonio
    Ahmad Bin Masood
    William Mirza Maxwell
    Jade Arora Mayer
    William Joseph McCall
    Zoe Rae McManus
    Kendall Julia McMurray
    Eva Simone Metro-Roland
    Madison Autumn Mies
    Andrew P. Miller-Thomas
    Hannah Grace Momblanco
    Muhammad Iftikhar Mouhid
    Haley Nicole Mozen
    Tariq Amir Muhammad
    Aumar Mundra
    Jordan Kay Murrell
    Bennett Edward Nelson
    Jessica Michelle Newton
    Tamunoamiesia Tonia Ogolo
    Thomas Edwin O'Hara III
    Panayiotis Aristidis Papadakos
    Peter George Papapolymerou
    Nicolas Thomas Pecorelli
    Jacob Ryan Peruski
    Gabriel Christopher Peterson
    Khanh Ngoc Nguyen Pham
    Ethan R. Purther
    Lang Qin
    Subashri R. Ramesh
    Wesley Bryce Reed
    Brianna Renee Regula
    Harry Jia Ren
    Nicholas Rhodes
    Lauren Hope Rockwell
    Jordan William Roebuck
    Lauren Elizabeth Roebuck
    Noah Vern Patrick Rollison
    Jacqueline Paige Ross
    Hyunsoo Ryu
    Gabrielle Marie Santangelo
    Mustafa Saood
    Kipp Klungness Schaub
    Graham Caleb Schulte
    Matthew Ronald Schumacher
    Claudia Ruth Seiler
    Selin Senturk
    George Anthony Shaieb
    Jacqueline Sarah Shamie
    Minfei Shen
    Nolan Keehn Sherwood
    Alan Shi
    Lindsiann Shi
    Seoho Shin
    Hannah Clarice Sidberry
    Noah Theisen Smolinski
    Theodore Nicholas Souris
    Alexander Drew Stamell
    Ian Michael Stargardt
    Chanel Stevanovich
    Adrian Michael Stone
    Safura Naveed Syed
    Hannah Christine Tatu
    Ghislaine Frances Taubman
    Jeremiah Luke Taylor
    Calvi Azur Teste
    Laura Rose Topf
    Julien Totsky
    Bach D. Tran
    Bryce M. Truby
    Grace Mae Trudeau
    Emma Katherine De Boer Van Houten
    Nikhil Vasan
    Anthony Michael Vespa
    Adam Paul Vlasic
    Junkai Wang
    Steven Y. Wang
    Yifei Wang
    Jerome Armstrong Wiater
    Kaitlynn Mia Wilson
    Lauren Rose Winegarden
    Samuel Aidan Wittenberg
    Matthew Wu
    Sherrye Alice Ye
    King Nam Yeung
    Daisey Yu
    Elizaveta Zaytseva
    Alexander David Ziolkowski
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Important Car Parade Safety Information for Seniors, Families, and Employees

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  • Safety Information for the Senior Class Car Parade

    For Everyone:
    In order for this event to be successful and joyous, it must also follow state-mandated guidelines. Given that no gatherings larger than 10 people are allowed at this time, for this event our campus is closed to everyone except our employees and our parade participants in their vehicles. We are hosting the car parade in cooperation with the Bloomfield Hills Police Department. Police officers will assist as we line cars up in the queue and help ensure that this event is safe for all involved! Thank you so much for your diligent adherence to the guidelines below.

    And to our graduating seniors – welcome home!

    For Seniors and Families:
    • Limit ONE standard passenger vehicle per family: no limos or party busses, please.
    • Remain inside your vehicle at all times. The only exception to this is at Christ Church for diploma pickup and photo opportunity. Social distancing measures must be observed.
    • Observe the posted speed limit and directional/ street signs.
    • Please follow the prescribed route. Please refer to this map.
    • Each occupant of the vehicle must have a mask and must wear it at parade stops where items are being distributed.
    • Arrive at Christ Church parking lot to enter the queue at 10:00 AM EST
    • If you would prefer a contactless delivery of your diploma or other items throughout the parade, please email ACastanon@cranbrook.edu to let us know.

    For Cranbrook Employees:
    • Report to your assigned locations along the parade route.
    • Bring a face mask, bottled water, and an enthusiastic spirit to cheer on our graduates!
    • Maintain physical distancing practices throughout the duration of the parade.

Important Details for Seniors and Senior Families

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  • Attending Events: Times and Dates

    Car Parade (Wednesday, June 3: arrival beginning at 10:00 AM EST, event starting at 10:30 AM EST): The car parade is intended to be festive and joyous. We invite each family to decorate their car in creative ways. The route will begin at Christ Church Cranbrook. The parade will then travel through campus; all faculty Schools-wide who feel comfortable doing so will be positioned along the route to wish the seniors well. Please note that all foot traffic on the parade route is restricted to faculty, staff, and administration in order to safely ensure social distancing expectations. Families are asked to remain in their vehicles at all times while driving the route. After the parade and lunch seniors will come back to Christ Church Cranbrook to receive their diplomas and have a formal family photo opportunity.

    Senior Awards Night (Thursday, June 4th at 7:30 PM EST): Recognition of our seniors and faculty will follow the traditional format and will be live-streamed from campus. This will include the heartfelt tributes that faculty so proudly craft for many of the senior award recipients. The link for this event will be provided on this page in the coming days.

    Commencement (Friday, June 5 at 9:30 AM EST):
    We have created a distinct format for this unique ceremony. Watch Commencement here.

    o One ceremony will honor all 203 seniors individually, and as a whole class. Seniors should look for communication about recording a video clip for this historic event.

    o Commencement will also include traditional elements such as our school songs and hymns, as well as the formal speeches of students Sherrye Ye and Gabriel Ervin and of our Distinguished Alumni, Selma Blair ’90 and Michael Acheson ’80.

    o We hope that you will gather in your homes as a family to mark this occasion together. At an appropriate moment in the ceremony we will ask that parents or an honored family member bestow the Cranbrook diploma on the graduate.
  • Time Sensitive: Submitting a Video Message for Commencement

    As a part of our June 5th Commencement Ceremony, each senior will have an opportunity to offer a senior statement. These will be professionally mastered for Cranbrook by Detroit’s Motown Digital. In order to feature every member of the Class of 2020, each senior’s statement will be brief, but we hope meaningful to you and your classmates, giving you a chance to see and hear each other from across the state, nation and globe on your graduation day.

    Check email to find out your scheduled time.

    Prior to joining the call, please prepare the following…
    ● Ensure your device is working properly. Make sure your camera and microphone are both enabled and working.
    ● Ensure your zoom profile name accurately matches your “school” name so we can properly identify you in the zoom call. First and Last name are requested.
    ● Proper dress attire. Men - coat and tie (preferably a blue blazer with CK tie)
    Women - Light color dress, blouse, or blazer. (No thin straps)
    ● Find a tasteful background setting. A solid color wall with plenty of light is best. Minimize distractions and interruptions.
    ● Prepare your verbiage in advance using the following format.
    “I am [full name], from [where you are from] and [one of the following, your choice].
    ○ I’d like to thank…[a group and/or specific family members]
    ○ I’m grateful for…
    ○ I’ll miss…
    ○ To me, Cranbrook Kingswood means …

    Upon entering the meeting, you will be joining a recording in progress. For this reason your microphone will be muted by default and you will be unable to unmute yourself. If you have any questions or concerns, please utilize the chat feature to communicate with the host so as to not interrupt the proceedings.

    When it is your turn to present, you will be notified through the chat feature as well as verbally. At this time your microphone will be unmuted.
    ● Make sure to look directly into your device’s camera and SMILE! Do not look down at your notes if possible.
    ● Recite your message when you are ready. You may take as many tries as you need.

    When you are satisfied and have been given the “OK” from the host, you may leave the call. If there are any issues that require you to repeat your message, you will be contacted and informed of a rescheduled time.
  • Time Sensitive: Receiving a Cap and Gown

    To prevent traffic backup and mindful of social distancing students can pick up their regalia on Monday, June 1 from 7pm-9pm and Tuesday, June 2, 9am-11am and from 2:00pm to 5:00 pm at the PAC. We will have two tables that will be alphabetically set up for students to receive their regalia.

    We will ship regalia to our national and international students, aiming for delivery by Friday’s commencement event.

    We want students to wear regalia to Wednesday’s car parade, Friday morning’s commencement program and to have it for family photo opportunities throughout these days.

    Students will have caps and gowns in our traditional colors, black for boys and white for girls, which they are welcome to keep.
  • Participating in the Senior Class Car Parade

    Please decorate your car, come with family and arrive at the Christ Church Cranbrook parking lot any time after 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 3rd. Enter the parking lot off of Lone Pine Road, according to the map provided. The parking lot will be the staging area for the parade. The parade will begin promptly at 10:30 AM and will follow the route provided on the map. There will be various places to receive keepsakes along the parade route.

    Please note that all foot traffic on the parade route is restricted to faculty, staff, and administration in order to safely ensure social distancing expectations. Families are asked to remain in their vehicles at all times while driving the route.

    If you would like to order (no cost) a boxed lunch from Chartwells for the day of the Parade, click here. Please order by 10:00 AM Friday, May 29.

    For those who order a lunch from Chartwells, you will pick up your lunch at a designated place along the parade route. After the parade, either find a nice place to have lunch or go directly to Christ Church to receive your diploma and take a professional family photo provided by Cranbrook. Diplomas and professional photos will be available until 3:30 PM. We recommend that those near the front of the parade go directly to Christ Church to pick up a photo while those in the middle and back of the parade find a nice spot for lunch before heading to the church.

    We regret that restrooms will not be available on campus, due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

    If you choose to eat on campus, please practice strict social distancing protocols, wearing a mask if in close company and gathering in a group no larger than ten persons.

    In order to protect the turf, please do not enjoy lunch on the Thompson Oval.

    In order to receive your diploma and take a professional family photo provided by Cranbrook, return to the Christ Church Parking Lot in the same manner you arrived for the parade. You will be directed to the back of the line, which will move forward gradually as other families finish their photos. When you reach the designated position at the front of the line, have the graduate take the diploma from the specified table, and have your family pose in the designated spot. When the professional photographer is finished, please reenter your vehicle immediately and move your car forward as promptly as possible to make time and space for the next family.

    To avoid crowding and mindful of social distancing requirements, we ask that you please do not take personal photos at this time.
  • Time Sensitive: ordering boxed lunches for the Parade

    If you would like to order (no cost) a boxed lunch from Chartwells for the day of the Parade, click here. Please order by 10:00 AM Friday, May 29.

    For those who order a lunch from Chartwells (no cost), you will pick up your lunch at a designated place along the parade route. After the parade, either find a nice place to have lunch or go directly to Christ Church to receive your diploma and take a professional family photo provided by Cranbrook. Diplomas and professional photos will be available until 3:30 PM. We recommend that those near the front of the parade go directly to Christ Church to pick up a photo while those in the middle and back of the parade find a nice spot for lunch before heading to the church.
  • Viewing the Senior Awards Ceremony

    Senior Awards Night: Thursday, June 4th at 7:30 PM EST
     
    As has been our tradition at the Upper School, each spring we honor the accomplishments of our Senior Class at our annual Senior Awards Night. We are immensely proud of the Class of 2020 and their achievements and contributions to both the academic and community lives of the Upper School. Please join us in celebrating this extraordinary group of Seniors via a Livestream event broadcast from the Cranbrook Reading Room.

    Click Here to Read the Program

  • Viewing Commencement

    Commencement: Friday, June 5, 2020 at 9:30 AM EST

    This year, Cranbrook Schools’ commencement will be webcast live around the world on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 9:30 AM EST. Families around the world can come together and watch this historic moment.

    Click Here to Watch the Ceremony.

    Click Here to Read the Program

    The video will be made available for additional watching and download in the days following graduation.
  • Planning for the Class of 2020 Return to Campus

    We know that an online graduation cannot replicate the stateliness of a traditional Cranbrook Commencement. We hope that a return to Cranbrook in May 2021 will extend our seniors celebration. Next year’s gathering will provide an opportunity for those who live near and far to plan ahead and return to celebrate together.

    Thus, we invite members of the Class of 2020 to join with us and to design a gathering in May 2021 that extends the celebration of their Cranbrook experience and includes both traditional elements and our soon-to-be-graduates’ perspective and reflections on leaving Cranbrook during this remarkable time. Seniors who have not already done so and who would like to collaborate on this event should contact Head of Upper School Noel Dougherty at ndougherty@cranbrook.edu.
  • Have a Specific Question Answered

    If you have a specific question about Commencement 2020, please contact Upper School Dean of Girls Angelita Castanon at ACastanon@cranbrook.edu