Steven Ginsberg, National Editor of the Washington Post and 1990 BA alum, delivered the address at Broadwater’s 52nd commencement last Friday evening.  Ginsberg focused on the ways in which Broadwater fostered his venture to adulthood, and offered advice to graduates as they move to the college level, and beyond.

Ginsberg, who attended Broadwater for 12 years, reminded the crowd of about 400 that Broadwater is a unique place. “It is so special because we are so tight,” he explained. “I’m so grateful for the lifelong friends that I met at Broadwater, attended the University of Virginia with, and are still friends to this day.  Even now, our children play together.” Ginsberg went on to say, “Broadwater is a special place because of the teachers.”  He shared stories of a certain teacher who made a lasting impression on him, Mrs. Sara Goffigon, retired history and government teacher. “She was a tough one, but a great one,” he chuckled and added, “She organized a trip to Moscow that I attended, it was the most amazing trip and after we got home, I wrote my first story in the Eastern Shore News about it.”  “Broadwater is a special place because everyone gets to be on the team,” he continued. “Broadwater is a special place because it’s a family.” Ginsberg’s encouragement to the graduates was to always listen to tough teachers, to appreciate small class sizes, and to not limit yourself or your opportunities. He ended by saying, “you can be whoever you want to be because you come from a special place.”

“Steven’s speech inspired, encouraged, and amused,” shares Rob Gustafson, Chair of Broadwater’s Board of Trustees. “We are truly honored that he returned to the Shore to speak at our commencement ceremony.”Ginsberg was hired at the Washington Post 23 years ago as a nightside copy aide.  He was promoted to reporter for the business and metro sections, and later to senior politics editor before achieving his current position.  Ginsberg has been the editor on five Pulitzer Prize winning stories, including two this year. He currently resides in Washington with his wife and their two sons.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Steven over the past few months,” says Head of School Joe Spagnolo. “He is an outstanding role model for our students, and a reminder that students from our little part of the world can achieve great success.”