above: Natasha Markov-Riss '12 speaking in 2012
"If there is one thing I am sure of, it is that everyone who graduates Gordon will be tossed into the world able to form an educated opinion. I could not think of a better place to have grown up."
Natasha Markov-Riss '12 shared that in eighth grade in 2012, speaking to families who were visiting Gordon.
above: Natasha Markov-Riss '12 speaking to eighth grade this morning. She is graduating from Swarthmore later this spring.
She and her classmates Sophie Jackson '12, Sydney Weinberg '12, and Emily Mungovan '12 were back together this morning, meeting with Gordon's eighth grade this morning.
above: Sydney Weinberg '12 speaking to eighth grade this morning. He is graduating from Brown later this spring.
They talked about life after Gordon and the experience of staying connected to Gordon classmates, and compared notes with the eighth grade about the peculiar experience of graduating - from Gordon or from college - in 2020.
above: Emily Mungovan '12 speaking to eighth grade this morning. She is graduating from Boston College later this spring.
True to Natasha's promise eight years ago, they had plenty of opinions to share, along with many Gordon memories, and their connection to each other and to the school was easily apparent even over Zoom.
above: Sophie Jackson '12 speaking to eighth grade this morning. She is graduating from Swarthmore later this spring.
Talking about her memories of Gordon's graduation - and this year's uncertain graduation plans, Sophie assured the eighth grade:
"The experience of graduating from Gordon was really special, but what makes it special is not the evening. It is the time you had with these people. The reason I am close to these people on the screen is because they knew me in my middle school context. That has nothing to do with graduation, it has to do with the time you spent with them, whether it was one year in eighth grade or whether you are a lifer at Gordon."