Class of 2022

Annual Report 2021-2022

For the 2022 graduation, the Stubby Squids and their families and teachers came together for a beautiful outdoor ceremony that brought big emotions and bright smiles to our South yard!
As their lead teacher, Ella Moran, remarked in her speech⁠—like actual squids, this class, if they want to get anywhere, must first EXPAND and then CONTRACT. They expand by making space within to accommodate and fill themselves up with the very waters they swim in ... and then contractsqueezing it all out, using the expulsion of that water to propel themselves in the direction of their next destination.

Ella pointed out that, "a significant percentage of the water you've been swimming in—up until today—has been the water of Walden. It has been the people sitting around you, the people watching and supporting you, the community you built together, the questions you've asked, the problems you've grappled with, the fun you've had." She reminded them, "whenever you need to contract, to reconnect and band together with each other or with any of us ... you can always come home to Walden."

Through a live stream, the whole community was able to take part in their stories of perseverance, connection, and curiosity, as well as delightful musical performances and the festive diploma procession. We are so proud of this wonderful group of humans and look forward to keeping in touch.

Below are excerpts from each student's graduation speech.