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Boston – The Boston University Academy community came together at the Tsai Performance Center on Monday, May 21 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2007. The thirteenth BUA commencement ceremony was led by Head of School Jim Berkman, who was joined by Boston University President Robert A. Brown and Professor Rosanna Warren.
President Brown presented diplomas to the 42 distinguished graduates, referring to the school as a “small but very important part of the BU community” and “emblematic of the best of Boston University.”
Rosanna Warren, a faculty member from the University Professors Program and the Emma Ann MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities gave the commencement address. Referring to the BUA Class of 2007 an “illustrious group of students,” she praised the study of the Classics, which is at the foundation of the Boston University Academy education.
Offering her own views on the importance of a classical curriculum, Professor Warren pointed to the need for active thinking in an age of constant exposure to media and other stimulation. She stated, “my deep concern for all of us in this age of sensory bombardment and the often passive reception of information is the freedom of the mind. What does it mean to have a free mind?”
She went on to explain that “this is where the classics can help us–because Homer and the Greek tragedians and philosophers and the Roman poets raised questions about what is worth living for and what is worth dying for–questions that we need to ask ourselves today, and always. They are questions about ultimate value that a merely technological and consumer society will not teach us to ask. And without asking them, we are not free beings.”
Head of School Jim Berkman also praised the graduates for their outstanding achievements, including their work with BU professors to write in-depth senior theses. Additionally, he reflected on commencement as “a transition between youth and adulthood; a pause between past, full of accomplishment and future, full of promise.”
Also speaking at the commencement were BUA students, past and present. Mia Cellucci from the class of 2006 offered congratulations and welcomed the new graduates to the Alumni Association, while class of 2007 members William Leuchtenberger and Madeline Hickman gave addresses and David Mingolla and Alexandra Schultz presented Latin and Greek orations.
Five members of the BUA Class of 2007 will attend Boston University in the fall. Other prestigious destinations include Amherst, Brown, Dartmouth, Duke, MIT, Stanford, University of Chicago and Wesleyan.
Boston University Academy was founded in 1993 and is a small, independent, coeducational high school. BUA fosters learning in a community environment with the unique benefit of Boston University’s resources. Located on the Boston University campus, the Academy provides a rigorous program that combines a traditional curriculum with college classes (up to 48 college credits) to facilitate a smooth transition from high school. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.