MHS Class of 2018 Reflects During Annual Senior Class Chapel and Ring Ceremony
Milton Hershey School held its annual Senior Class Chapel and Ring Ceremony on Saturday, June 9 as part of its weekend celebration of the Class of 2018. The ceremony included vocal and piano performances, scripture readings, and student speakers.
During his senior Chapel address, Patrick Brown reflected on the legacy of our founders.
“We are here today living the legacy of a great man called Milton Hershey. It is up to us to live up to the legacy that was left to us and to be ready to leave one that we feel proud of.”
Fellow senior Susanna Compare also addressed the school’s 2018 graduates, friends and family, and MHS staff. Susanna shared a special message with younger MHS students.
“To my younger Milton Hershey brothers and sisters, you all have heard the advice to take every opportunity, to listen to your houseparents and teachers, to be kind, and to be yourself. Today, however, I want to encourage you to embrace your mistakes and when you do remember one thing: Do not focus on justifying your mistakes, but instead stand up, own them, and use them to make yourself into the person you want to be.”
Before presenting students with their class rings, President Pete Gurt ’85 reminded seniors, “One of the unique things about Milton Hershey School is that you don’t buy your ring, you earn it.”
Students were encouraged to put their rings on with the MHS logo facing them to remind them to look inward and reflect on their MHS experience before receiving their diploma on Sunday. Upon graduating, seniors turn their rings with the logo outward as a demonstration of how the school has prepared them, what it has meant to them, and how it has empowered them.
The annual Senior Class Awards ceremony and dinner followed the gifting of rings. View a list of the Class of 2018’s Senior Awards.