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35 students graduate in CC’s third-annual cruise commencement

Graduates Josh Strode and DanEl Brown gave an exhortation to the graduates from Proverbs 4.

The strains of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 and the navy-blue caps and gowns said graduation, but the luau-themed decorations and the slight roll of the ship said cruise. Thirty-five Classical Conversations graduates participated in CC’s third-annual Capstone Cruise Commencement May 2 on board the Carnival cruise ship Liberty.


Three hundred-fifty people—CC students, parents and staff—joined in the five-day Capstone Cruise to the Bahamas, April 29-May 3, which featured the commencement and the national championships in National Memory Master and National Number Knockout.


Scott Whitaker, CC director of New Initiatives, gave the welcome to the large group, as well as the benediction.


A senior ensemble made up of graduates Delaney Bright, Katelyn Bunch, Matthew Carpenter, Michelle DuCote, Michael Keller, Lucita Piotrowicz, Kyle Schuman, and Chloe Thames led the audience in singing “Your Grace is Enough,” “Be Thou My Vision,” and “In Christ Alone.”


CEO Robert Bortins gave the invocation and introduced three graduate speakers: Duncan Fischbach of Knoxville, Tennessee, gave a humorous address, Katie Bunch of Springfield, Virginia, led the audience in reciting John 1:1-7 in Latin and English, and Havilah Houston of LaMesa, California, gave a serious address.


 CC founder and Chief Visionary Officer Leigh Bortins told the graduates how their parents stood up against the status quo and peer pressure in order to homeschool them, so they should honor and respect their parents. She challenged them to continue the fight against mediocrity and the culture around them.


The graduates included: Jonah Anthony, Delaney Bright, DanEl Brown, Katelyn Bunch, Matthew Carpenter, Rachel Davis, Abigail E. Dismuke, Michelle Ducote, Malcolm Fary, Duncan Fischbach, Isaac Foote, Nathanael Guzman, Madeline Harris, Gwendolyn Hartman, Havilah Houston, Hannah Jones, Michael Keller, Marcus Kidder, Sarah Langford, Carrington Little, Michael Luke, Sam McCreery, Brenden Owen, Natalie Perez, Lucita Piotrowicz, Casey Riley, Kyle Schuman, Caroline Shultz, Michelle Simpson, Miles Sinagra, Quiara Smith, Joshua Strode, Chloe Thames, Sidney Wilkening and Mariah Wilson.


Classical Conversations® is a classical education resource used by homeschoolers in all 50 states and 22 foreign countries. CC now has more than 117,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs, which are provided by more than 2,500 CC communities. CC provides resources, guidance and a community for a Christian home school curriculum using classical education in three developmental stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.


Leigh Bortins started Classical Conversations in 1997. The family-owned company is headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina. For more information, visit 


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