You have made it. You have worked hard reading, writing, thinking, and solving problems throughout the past years; put elegantly, you have spent about a quarter of your life embarking on a journey pursuing a higher truth that is hidden somewhere in the books that have not been read yet. On behalf of the underclassmen, the Classes of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, we say thank you.
Thank you for being leaders and role models on every aspect of The Hill, from academics to arts to athletics. Thank you for being our club heads, Senior Mentors, captains, peers, and friends. You have been distinctive as a group, but also as individuals, in the innumerable separate ways you have touched the lives of members of our community.
Starting tomorrow, and every day after when you are no longer a student here, remember us. Come back when you need help. The hundreds of students that each one of you has touched will still be here to support you. If you are lost and cannot find your way, come home. We can hold up a mirror for you, and remind you where you have been and where you are going.
Bring Hopkins to your new home. Spend time reflecting on the pieces of your experience here that you treasure most, and bring them with you, in your mind and in your heart. Use the social, intellectual, and cultural currency you have acquired at Hopkins for public service, in all senses of the phrase; use the superpowers that you have earned for good.
Finally, to the teachers who are graduating this year, know that you are loved. You will all be sorely missed, for it is the educators who set the tone of a learning environment. For years to come, we will continue to uphold the traditions and values you have fostered in the community.
Even those of us whom you did not teach still know you from your presence on campus and the veneration of older students. Mrs. MacMullen, we wish you the best of luck in your venture of leadership. Mr. Kaplan, we will miss the platypus. Ms. Paton, we will miss your wisdom. Ms. Klugman, your joy. Ms. Wineland, your exuberance. Mrs. Paul, your kindness.
Let this letter go down into the Hopkins historical annals as a record of the 150+ students and teachers who have made a significant mark. You are smart. You are strong. You are kind and enthusiastic, and you are loved. This is the end of the beginning, formative period in your lives. How lucky we all are to have experienced this. Thank you for these years, and best of luck in the ones to come.