A co-educational private school for Preschool–Grade Eight

Jillian Brennan '15 Addresses Class of 2023

Jillian Brennan '15 Addresses Class of 2023

Faculty members, proud parents, and most importantly, the incredible graduating class of 2023,

I’m honored to be the alumni speaker at your graduation, especially as the older sibling of one of the remarkable graduates seated here. 

Congratulations to each and every one of you on reaching this significant milestone in your lives. Today, we gather here to celebrate your achievements, your growth, and the bright future that awaits you. Just like you, I once sat where you sit now, filled with anticipation and excitement for what lie ahead. Leaving a small and supportive community like Far Hills to pursue your secondary education can be daunting, but remember that your time here has prepared you well for the journey ahead regardless if you have been a lifer here or only attended for your middle school education. The classmates and faculty among you are and will be lifetime supporters of all of your endeavors. I am so blessed to say that to this day many of my fellow graduates and teachers from Far Hills have been here to support me even through my recent graduation from college. 

As an older sibling here, I have had the privilege of witnessing the growth and transformation of my sister, as well as the bonds of friendship that have blossomed within this graduating class. Cherish these connections and nurture the relationships you have built here. Your fellow graduates will be your allies and your support system as you navigate the challenges ahead. As you enter the next chapter of your education, I encourage you to embrace change and pursue your passions fearlessly. Far Hills has done an incredible job of allowing all of their students to pursue any and all of their interests with the utmost support. It has been so wonderful watching my sister grow and learn from the opportunities allowed to her at Far Hills. Though you have had so much opportunity for personal exploration here, I encourage you all to still take risks, explore different interests, and never be afraid to challenge the status quo. It is through these experiences that you will discover your true potential. 

Embrace each challenge as an opportunity to learn, grow, and become stronger. But amidst the pursuit of your next step in education, never forget the importance of gratitude and recognize the support and sacrifices made by your parents, teachers, and mentors who have guided you along this journey. Express your gratitude to them and use their wisdom to inspire and uplift others. Though I may be a few graduations ahead of you, I know that Far Hills set me up for the success and personal growth I have had this far, and I am nothing but certain that it will do the same for you. I am filled with hope and excitement for what the future holds for each and every one of you. Congratulations, and may your journey be filled with utmost success and joy.

Thank you.