Prize Day and graduation 2014 offered a time for reflection and repose, as the Browning community gathered for both events at Christ Church, as is tradition. These photos offer coverage of the smiles and pride felt by the boys, their families and faculty.
Headmaster Steve Clement, President of the Board of Trustees Jim Chanos and Upper School Head Jim Reynolds presented diplomas to each member of the Class of 2014 on June 11.
Guest speaker at graduation was Vishaan Chakrabarti, a partner at SHoP Architects and an associate professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. Mr. Chakrabarti was a Browning parent from 2007 to 2010. Members of the faculty may well recall his inspiring speech to them in 2010 concerning the future of cities.
Mr. Chakrabarti earned a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a master’s in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; he holds dual bachelor’s degrees in art history and engineering from Cornell University. From 2002 to 2005, while serving as the director of the Manhattan Office for the New York Department of City Planning, Mr. Chakrabarti successfully gained approvals for major rezonings and also directed the city’s design response to the reconstruction of Lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11, the expansion of Columbia University into Manhattanville and the makeover of Lincoln Center.