After unexpectedly spending their senior spring at home distance learning and social distancing, the Class of 2020 was overjoyed to reunite in-person for a beautiful and very distinctive Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 26.
Despite some visible changes—including moving the festivities to the Track Field to better facilitate distancing and having to wear masks while entering and exiting the event—graduates and guests enjoyed many of the beloved traditions that typically mark the occasion. As is custom, Head of School Susanna Jones read a personal statement about each young woman as she received her diploma, and each got to sign the book that generations of alumnae have signed as they crossed the threshold from student to graduate. In keeping with tradition, Jones also made the surprise announcement of the class’ Ranking Scholar: Lauren Cooke ’20. Following the ceremony, students and families had an opportunity to pose for photos by the iconic bridge that leads to and from Holton’s Amphitheater, where Commencement typically takes place.
It was a Commencement like no other—one that Class President Jenna Mohi-ud-din '20 says her classmates felt incredibly grateful to have after a spring marked by uncertainty and many missed (in-person) milestones. “It felt just as real and special as any Commencement would have,” she says. “It was so wonderful being able to be there with our families and to see each other one last time. There’s not much more we could have asked for.”
Please join us in celebrating and congratulating our 87 remarkable graduates!
View video highlights from the ceremony above and photo highlights below. A full gallery is available on the School’s password-protected Vidigami page. (Because Class of 2020 student and family accounts are no longer active, graduates and parents should check their email for special login information, as well as a link to a video of the full ceremony.)