ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Academy for Girls is celebrating a milestone with its bicentennial commencement.
On Monday, 50 girls from the class of 2014, graduated.
Founded in 1814, Betsy Foot changed the dynamics of educations in the Capital Region.
“Two-hundred years is a long time and it means that an educational institution has stuck to its values and also willing to change,” said Dr. Douglas North.
Dr. North, the Head of Schools, say there were very few, if any schools for girls in the country when the Albany Academy for Girls was created. He said he is proud and humbled to be a part of such an accomplishment.
“Though the challenges are not the same back then, those were the leaders of the movement to get the vote for women, equality for women and those issues are existent today but they take new forms and these group of girls-- they want to run things,” said North.
As the school sends off the students year after year, the message is always the same.
“That you should have the confidence to know that you are good and you can exceed and you can do whatever you want to do in life because of a foundation you've acquired here,” explained said E. Stuart Jones, Albany Academies Board Chairmen.
The 50 girls graduating on Monday will be pursuing different fields in the fall. Some will be going to military academies and others will be attending college for engineering and business.