Nightingale Bids Farewell to the Class of 2019

Rain was unable to dampen spirits as the Nightingale community bid farewell to the Class of 2019 on the morning of Thursday, June 13.

In a ceremony that took place in The Brick Church on 92nd Street, Class XII President Annabelle Brainerd '19 introduced Leah Margulies '19 as this year's student speaker. Chosen by her classmates, Margulies provided an entertaining and spirited reflection on the lifelong relationships forged among members of the Class of 2019.

In his own remarks to the graduates, Head of School Paul A. Burke stressed the importance of showing up.

"Presence matters, but showing up means something more," reflected Mr. Burke. "For months now, I have thought about our esteemed Class of 2019 and your desire to truly see each other; your tendency to show up. As I see it, this is the core of your collective being."

Journalist and news anchor Norah O'Donnell, recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington's 100 most powerful women, also addressed this year's graduating class with words of inspiration and encouragement. O'Donnell, who recently became just the third female to be named anchor for CBS Evening News, is a former co-anchor of CBS This Morning, Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News, and a substitute host for CBS's Sunday morning show Face the Nation.

A full gallery of professional Commencement photos is available at

Congratulations to the 49 members of the Class of 2019 who graduated on June 13th!

Lillian Greer Abell
Colette Grace Beeby Pierre
Mia Hyojoo Carlotta Benedetti
Jane Chan Bothwell
Annabelle Geneva Brainerd
Blythe Gordon Chace
Seana Ming Chambers
Arielle Chen
Sofia Hart Contomichalos
Khendra Simone Coward
Alexandra Tatiana Dingle
Faith Odette Duggan
Danielle Negin Gebo
Alexandra Taylor Giddon
Caroline Beverly Grunwald
Arianna Garcia Guerrero
Katherine Rose Happel
Karen Elisa Hernandez
Dana Emily Hogan
Ella Ryann Howard
Sydney Bishop Ireland
Maya Sydney Mayer Lapin
April Elliot Lee
Michelle Victoria Lee
Jade Sophia Levitin
Chuanyuan Suzanne Liu 
Ashley Shi Min Loh
Leah Danielle Margulies
Amanda Lianna Martinez
Emma K. McGinn
Claire Francine Miller
Sofia Balfour Nathoo
Emily Nicole Onel
Olivia S. Perlman
Madeleine Louise Riordan
Nathalie Michelle Rodriguez
Charlotte Oppenheimer Sassower Sack
Grace Elizabeth Salgado
Brooke Ann Sanders
Gillian Remi Shin
Sophia Isabel Sklar
Xanthe Alexandra Thomas
Jane Lillian Urciuoli 
Kathryn Ione von Coelln
Khando Thenzotsang Wangdu 
Francesca Emily Charlotte Whitecross
Alexandra Cameron Pockaj Whitehouse
Bryley Beata Williams
Amilia Jackie Zimecka