Olney Friends School will graduate 17 students at the 2019 Commencement, which takes place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 25 in the Stillwater Meeting House.

The 2019 Class includes:

Frances Baker-Tucker

Lelo Bekele

Gudari Castillo Moreira

Liz Cheng

Bosco Dusengimana

Rowan Everet

Sophie Fischer Frank

Emma Guy

Sara Hirayama

Andrew Iwenjiora

Bryan Jimbo de la Torre

Jiawang Li

Eva Sophia Marotta

Bao Ngo

Luc Nsabindora

Malaya Tindongan

Ari Work

Head of School Christian Acemah will preside at the ceremony and Aïda Ndiaye, Facebook's Public Policy Lead for Francophone Africa, will be the commencement speaker. Senior Frances Baker-Tucker, from Canton, will be the class speaker.

Olney Friends School announces Aïda Ndiaye as commencement speaker for their 2019 graduation. Ms. Ndiaye is Facebook’s Public Policy Lead for Francophone Africa. In her role, she oversees Facebook’s public policy strategy in French-speaking Africa and advises on business development in the region.

Prior to joining Facebook, Aïda has worked at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, UNESCO, IBM, and Google. She is an avid African politics scholar and a regular commentator on political developments in the continent.

Head of School Christian Acemah is excited that Aïda will be speaking with the Olney community. "It is incredible that our class of 2019 will have Aida as its commencement speaker. She is an incredible human being with a depth that all millennials ought to aspire to. From her roots in Francophone Africa in Senegal to her current role at Facebook, Aida is a shining example of what it means to lead an intentional, examined life. Her presence at Olney shall be one more important thing for us to celebrate this year."

Over the course of the two-day graduation celebration, there will be a variety of activities for the families, alumni, and the Olney community to enjoy. These include a silent auction, class reunions, a bonfire, a pick-up game of basketball, and multiple meals celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the class of 2019  ?  all of whom have been accepted to U.S. colleges and universities.

Olney Friends School is a progressive, independent college preparatory, co-educational boarding school located in Barnesville. Rooted in Quaker values for over 180 years, Olney Friends School challenges students to grow, celebrates intellectual vigor, provokes questions of conscience, and nurtures skills of living in community.