Blumenthal to speak at Stanwich commencement

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The senior senator from Connecticut will have the floor next month at The Stanwich School.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former Stanwich parent, will serve as the school’s keynote speaker at its inaugural commencement ceremony on May 29.

“I’m excited and proud to attend this joyous and significant graduation — launching these very special young people on the next phase of their educational journey,” Blumenthal said in a statement.

Stanwich’s class of 2014 includes 16 students; they will be the first seniors to receive diplomas from the school.

Paul Geise, Stanwich’s head of school, described Blumenthal as an ideal commencement speaker.

“In this historic inaugural year, with founder Pat Young’s vision to have a pre-k through grade 12 coeducational independent school in Greenwich now realized, I find it most suitable to have the senator addressing our charges as they matriculate,” Geise said in a statement. “I am confident that his message to our emerging moral leaders will inspire them to heed the clarion call to make God’s world a better place.”

All of the seniors have been accepted to four-year colleges this fall, according to Geise.  More than 40 schools offered those students merit-based scholarships totaling more than $500,000, Geise added.

The May 29 graduation ceremony will take place on the school’s Stanwich Road campus at 4 p.m.

Paul Schott

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