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Record crowd for CC’s cruise commencement

Record crowd for CC’s cruise commencement


Ninety-seven Classical Conversations graduates participated in CC’s Capstone Cruise Commencement April 29 on board the Carnival cruise ship Liberty.


Previous capstone graduations onboard ship were held in an intimate if awkward lounge that could shoehorn in 35 graduates and 200 or so guests. With almost three times as many graduates and more than twice as many guests, this year’s capstone graduation had to be moved to the largest indoor space, the Venetian Theater. Only the slight roll was there to remind guests they were still on a cruise ship.


In all, about 775 CC students, parents and staff joined in the five-day Capstone Cruise to the Bahamas, April 28-May 2, which featured the commencement and the national championships in National Memory Master and National Number Knockout.


“The graduation and the cruise went very well,” said Elisabeth Webber, who organized both. “Parents commented that they loved CC founder and Chief Visionary Officer Leigh Bortins’ address and they felt like it was a very personal experience despite the size.”


Three graduates spoke to the large audience. First, Franklin Snyder shared an inspirational speech with the theme of honoring your father and mother. Shyanne Glerum then led the audience in a recitation, in Latin and English, from John, Chapter One. Finally, Meghan Pierce charged the graduates and parents to obey and trust in the Lord alone for the future.


The graduates included: Mackenzie Arant, Isaac Avellino, Kirsten Baker, Jared Balassaitis, Austin Balassaitis, Saylor Bane, Joel Berke, Micayla Black, Virginia Bolick, Anna Brayman, Andrew Broussard, Annaliese Bush, Jacob Caplinger, Alisa Caraballo, Christopher Chenault, Luke Child, Kathryn Cole, Jacob Cotton, Samuel Cuevas, Abigail Daniel, David Dossey, Ian Doyal, Christopher Dunlap, Kristen Durst, Noah Edens, Anna Fischer, Ellen Frater, Grace Fry, Ethan Fry, Isaac Fry, Connor Ganey, Mary Ganey, Natalie Gaspard, Shyanne Glerum, Anna Griggs, Elizabeth Haller, Briana Hawkins, Ashley Hendrix, Molly Hilts, Jasmyn Jackson, Caleb Jackson, Garrett Joffrion, Meghan Kelly, Elaina Kilker, Andrew Lauck, Alexis Lawrence, Chamberlin Little, Silas Mackey, Westley Marek, Nadia Martin, Isaac Massie, Micah May, Kirsten Merrick, Alexis Messner, Jude Michael, Marian Moore, Alec Muise, Hannah Mullane, Olivia Neal, Jocelyn O’Leslie, Krista Oezer, Joshua Phagan, Megan Pierce, Robert Rennie Jr., James Rivers, Isabella Robillard Quezada, Sydni Roell. Hannah Rohrer. Evelyn Ryan. Shelby Sakalo. Johnathan Sanford. Robert Schwessinger. Jeremiah Schwind. Phillip Shcherbakov. Anna Slack. Erica Slemmer. Elijah Smith. Paul Snyder. Olivia Spain. Emily Splitter. Greta Spofford. Abigail Stockton. Emily Stockton. Emma Tapley. Grace Thomas. Lauren Tidwell. Sophie Torres. Michael Tupper. Emma VanRijk. Caleb Veinotte. Rachel Vosberg. Justin Walkup. Benjamin Welsh. Alfred Wharton IV, Reece Wilson, Hannah Wright and Jenna Yordy.


Classical Conversations® is a classical education resource used by homeschoolers in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. CC now has more than 125,000 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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