Martin O’Connor Photography

FLYING HIGH: In 2011, Molly Graves ’98 ran away to join the circus. She quit her job, sold her car, and moved to Brattleboro, Vt., for a yearlong training program at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). “It was a leap of faith,” she says. “Since then, I have to say, I have never looked back.” Afterward, Graves often traveled from her home in Nashville, Tenn., to the center to teach and perform; and in 2015, she joined NECCA’s faculty as a full-time aerial and trapeze instructor.