On a sunny, blue-sky Sunday morning, 240 Choate Rosemary Hall seniors sat in front of the Archbold Building for their commencement ceremony, ready to receive their diplomas and pose for pictures with Headmaster Alex D. Curtis. They listened to motivating speeches from peers, faculty members and a certain 1998 Choate graduate who followed her dreams, took risks, accomplished — and scored — many goals.
Angela Ruggiero — a 32-year-old four-time Olympian, author and retired professional hockey player — gave the commencement speech.
“It’s an honor for me to be here,” Ruggiero said. “The four years here changed my life.”
Ruggiero, originally from California, remembers her pre-Harvard University days like they were yesterday. She recalled days in the Choate library and dormitories and, of course, the senior prank that involved unleashing hundreds of rubber ducks into the school’s pond.
As Ruggiero reminisced about her time at Choate, she told the soon-to-be graduates three things to do in life.
“Take risks, take many risks,” Ruggiero said. “You’re building confidence in yourself each time you put yourself out there.”