Class of 2020 Commencement
Saturday, June 6, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30ish* p.m.
Tune in at 10:00 a.m. and click on the link above to watch. Feel free to sign on a little early and watch some pre-show footage, starting at 9:30 a.m. Grab your HDMI cable, plug your laptop into the TV and watch it on the big screen! Take some pictures of your watch party and tag us in your posts or stories with #welovegunston2020 so we can show the Class of 2020 that we’re all rooting for them!
Once the live commencement is over, we will post the entire video here (above).
10:00 Official Start of Program
- Invocation by Christie Grabis
- Senior President Greeting by Isabella Santoboni
- Congratulations from the Board by Jim Wright
- Senior Quotes with an introduction by John Lewis
- Middleton Award Presentation by John Lewis
- Valedictorian Address by the Middleton Award Winner
- Introduction of Commencement Speaker by John Lewis
- Commencement Address by Rita Baghdadi ’03
- Introduction of Senior Tributes by John Lewis
11:00 Senior Tribute Videos
12:30 Benediction & Closing by Christie Grabis
After graduating from Gunston in 2003, Rita Baghdadi went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Film from Columbia College, Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 2007 where she began her career in international film sales.
In addition to running her own company, Baghdadi is a member of Free the Bid, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Film Fatales and the International Collective of Female Cinematographers. When she's not in the field, Baghdadi is dedicated to empowering girls and women through film training. She is an Advisor for the Sundance Co//ab Documentary Film Course, co-founder and organizer of the group Women in Documentary Filmmaking and an active mentor with Global Girl Media.
Her character-driven work has been supported by Sundance, Tribeca, Netflix, BBC, CNN Films, A&E, International Documentary Association, Film Independent and Technicolor, and has screened in top festivals worldwide.
Recently, Rita was hired to produce and direct City Rising. The film was earned three Emmy awards including Best Social Issue Film. Her documentary My Country No More won Best Feature at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and was picked up for broadcast on Independent Lens in 2019. Baghdadi is also an accomplished director of photography, having shot on features including Served Like A Girl (SXSW 2017 / Independent Lens), Circus of Books (Tribeca 2019 / Netflix) and On the Record (Sundance 2020 / HBO Max) to name a few.
Baghdadi has directed and lensed commercial content for major brands including Beats by Dre, Gatorade and Bud Lite among others. Currently, Rita is in production on several new features including Sirens, a coming-of-age story about the first all-female metal band from the Middle East.
This bio has been excerpted from http://www.ritabaghdadi.com/
Eileen (Eily) Ashley
Yuntian (Areopl) Bai
Bound For: St. Mary's College of Maryland
Bound For: George Mason University
Ni (Katherine) Chen
Bound For: University of Syracuse
Ruwen (Sona) Chen
Nina De Angelo
Francesca (Frankie) Fisher
David (Gabriel) Hightower
Nicholas (Nick) Kellogg
Xingyi (Liz) Li
Zeyu (Sage) Liu
Bound For: Gap year, followed by University of Amsterdam
William (Will) Newberg
Madison (Madi) Rudder
Isabella (Izzy) Santoboni
Maximillian (Max) Scott
Abigail (Abby) Silva
Qirui (Allen) Wang
Hansheng (Leo) Xiao
Shijie (Daniel) Ye
Jiamin (Jimmy) Zhao
Bound For: University of Arizona