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Alumni Spotlight: Kyle Healy (’03)

June 21, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

We were so glad to have Kyle Healy (’03) back in Richmond from his home in New York City to deliver the commencement address to graduating seniors Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Altria Theater.

In his speech, Kyle talked about the moment he decided to come to Governor’s School.  It was when he saw a student eating a sandwich in the middle of class.  What a school!  A sandwich!  In the middle of class!  Only  years later did he realize that perhaps the kid was eating lunch in class because he’d spent his lunch period frantically catching up on homework.

When Kyle started at Governor’s School, the school was still housed in the Thomas Jefferson building, and the discussion question in Spanish class was, “Y2K: ¿Q va a pasar?”  After high school, Kyle attended William & Mary, where he studied Chinese and Linguistics.  His real passion, though, was the campus sketch comedy group 7th Grade.  After college, Kyle decided to head to New York to “do comedy,” not knowing exactly what that would end up meaning.  He currently works as a segment producer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

His advice to current students is to look for your own sandwich moment, that moment when you just know you’re in the right place.  That way, no matter what, you can live up to the advice inscribed in yearbooks throughout time and HAGS.  Summer is when you’re supposed to get to do what you want, to spend your time how you choose.  If you commit to your real passions, then, Kyle reasoned, then life should be one long summer.  And we could all have a great one.  In closing, he advised that if you have to schlep a prop grenade launcher through New York City, you should put it in a trash bag.

“I want to thank everyone again for the huge honor of being invited back to speak at graduation,” Kyle says.  “It was so fun to see the excitement on all the students’ faces.  They ended up inspiring me!”

Kyle is the third Governor’s School graduate to deliver a commencement address to graduating MLWGS seniors.  Sara Schaefer (’96) spoke in 2014 (you can read the text of her speech here).  Elana DeLozier (’00) delivered the address in 2015 (you can see her speech here).  Thank you to all of our alumni who give so much back to the school.

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