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Olney Friends School Announces 2019 Commencement Speaker

Barnesville, OH, May 12, 2019  ̶  Olney Friends School is pleased to announce Ms. Aïda Ndiaye as its commencement speaker for their 2019 graduation. Seventeen seniors from the United States, China, Ethiopia, Japan, Rwanda, and Vietnam will graduate on Saturday, May 25, 2019 during the school’s Commencement exercises scheduled to start at 10:30 AM EDT. 


Based in London, England, 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 worked at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, UNESCO, IBM, and Google.


Head of School, Christian Acemah, is grateful that Aïda accepted Olney’s invitation to speak as the school prepares to bid farewell to the class of 2019. "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 yet another special thing for us to celebrate this year."


In the days leading up to Commencement, 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 achievements of the class of 2019. All members of the class of 2019 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, Ohio. Rooted in Quaker values since its founding in 1837, Olney Friends School challenges students to grow, celebrates intellectual vigor, provokes questions of conscience, and nurtures skills of living in community.


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