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The graduating class of 2018 publicly presented and defended their senior theses during two evenings of Rhetoric on January 24th and 25th. Agathos requires graduates to write an eight to ten page thesis that effectively argues an idea. The process began when students chose topics and began copious research in their junior year. It culminated as they presented their final work and defended it by answering questions from the audience of faculty, family, and guests. Interspersed between senior theses, sophomores delivered declamations – five to seven minute memorized passages from historical documents, great literature, famous speeches, or the Bible. Many families attended the full program on both nights and were educated, inspired, and delighted by the students’ presentations. The classical difference is undeniable on Rhetoric Nights!

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