My favorite day of the school year is graduation. Our Archer girls are authentic and vibrant – wearing white dresses, donning fresh floral wreaths in their hair and clutching shiny new high school diplomas.
This past June we were fortunate to offer an in-person and on-campus yet socially distanced graduation. Held in our courtyard, the celebration was intimate with only our 72 graduates and their parents while siblings, grandparents, friends, faculty and staff watched on computer screens. We had more than 1,000 people logging in from all over the country and the globe.
The 2021 graduation was historic in more ways than one. The ceremony was poignant, serving as a bright light for goodness, while we collectively continue to wrestle with the challenging times we are living in. The academic excellence, the sparkling personalities, the earned accolades, the thoughtful humanism and exuberant confidence were in full display. Graduation was also another opportunity to commemorate Archer’s 25th anniversary, and we were thrilled to welcome global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress Oprah Winfrey as our commencement speaker.
I was lucky enough to be in the live audience that day. What was most compelling was the immense gratitude each young woman expressed for her now alma mater. I was overwhelmed with pride for what our students accomplished during their Archer education and unbridled hope for their futures and our world.
Now entering my 10th season as Archer’s admissions director, I continue to be grateful for this immense privilege. What also remains true is that an Archer girl is bright, creative, kind, and motivated. When she graduates, she is a self-possessed, entrepreneurial young woman with an irrepressible desire to achieve greatness. Once she leaves the walls of Archer, she goes to medical school, starts her own business, becomes a wife and mother, designs interior spaces, defends clients in a courtroom, does scientific research, develops projects in the entertainment industry, gets involved in community organizing, runs for office, creates architectural drawings, excels in musical artistry. The possibilities are endless.
We ask our students to be at once ambitious and joyful. We offer excellence in teaching and learning. We take pride in our unparalleled, research-based teaching methods. Simultaneously, we cherish our happy culture. Archer is known for its inclusive environment that fosters sisterhood and collaboration. We expect our students to lead balanced lives and to find the joy in all that they do - inside and outside the classroom.
Thank you for your interest in Archer. I hope that you will discover that Archer and your daughter might be the right match.