Elizabeth Hughes on her Senior Thesis

At Hillsdale Classical Schools across the country, students write and defend a senior thesis before graduation. The thesis gives students an opportunity to reflect on their education, choose a subject they would like to study more deeply, and then write a substantial paper on that subject. Before graduation, seniors present their theses to their parents,… Continue reading Elizabeth Hughes on her Senior Thesis

Natasha’s Valedictory Address at FCA Leander’s 2017 Commencement

"As we leave behind our younger and more vulnerable years, I think a fitting lesson we ought to take with us is this: that life is a beautiful and sacred gift, with tremendous potential for, but no guarantee of, achieving the good. So I urge you, in the way that classical education best teaches us how, to spend it wisely. Spend it well."

Ava’s Salutatory Address at FCA Leander’s 2019 Commencement

We will take with us the words of wisdom we were given by teachers who have taken on Lewis’ charge “not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” I hope that for each of us, this graduation is not the end of education, but merely a transition. Embracing our spirited nature, let us move on to greater challenges knowing that we’ve begun well.

How We Spent the Seniors’ Last Week at School

Last week was our chance to say goodbye to the class of 2019. In the coming days I'll be publishing the words our Valedictorian and Salutatorian spoke at graduation (they did beautifully), but in the meantime I thought you'd like to see how we celebrated these extraordinary students in their final days at Founders. Throughout… Continue reading How We Spent the Seniors’ Last Week at School

The Class of 2018 on their First Semester of College

Last Friday was our annual alumni visit day. Students from our first two graduating classes came back to campus to speak to parents and current high schoolers about what college is like. So many of our graduates returned to Founders to spend the day with us--they sat in on classes, ate lunch in the cafeteria,… Continue reading The Class of 2018 on their First Semester of College

Mr. Peterson’s Faculty Address at Commencement 2018

Each year a member of the faculty who is particularly special to the senior class is invited to give an address at graduation and introduce the Salutatorian and Valedictorian. The Class of 2017's faculty speaker was Mr. Berndt, and this year Mr. Peterson was invited to speak to the Class of 2018. 

Alexandria’s Valedictory Address at Commencement 2018

Valedictory Address by Alexandria Clark, Class of 2018 The following address was delivered at Founders Classical Academy's Second Annual Commencement on May 25, 2018.  Welcome all to the graduation ceremony of the class of 2018. I am privileged to be speaking before you today as Valedictorian to honor these fine graduates before we set off… Continue reading Alexandria’s Valedictory Address at Commencement 2018

Jessie’s Salutatory Address at Commencement 2018

Salutatory Address by Jessie Loehr, Class of 2018 The following address was delivered at Founders Classical Academy's Second Annual Commencement on May 25, 2018.  "Tell me muse of the man of many ways..." These are the first shared words to breach the minds of 45 incoming freshman, who by chance, or coercion, or happy intention,… Continue reading Jessie’s Salutatory Address at Commencement 2018

“Begetting Wonder”: Education in an Age of Irony, by Dr. David Whalen

"Appreciate literary irony, but do not attempt to live ironically. Remain—or become—susceptible to wonder and awe, not for sentimental and anti-intellectual reasons but for reasons quite the reverse. Wonder is to be cultivated because it is the necessary antecedent to all genuine intellectual growth, and essential for an adult life lived intelligently, comprehensively." - Dr. Whalen at Second Annual Commencement Ceremony