Each May, St. Andrew's seniors kick off their grad week with the VI Form Dinner—a formal dinner with SAS alums in the Dining Hall. During the dinner, students hear from an alum speaker, announce their class gift to the School, receive their St. Andrew's ties (for the boys) and charms (for the girls) to wear at Commencement later in the week.
In the past, class gifts provided additions to the School's physical campus, such as benches, swings, fountains, and stained-glass windows. In recent years, however, class gifts are made directly to the Saints Fund, the School's annual fund, in honor of a member of the faculty or staff. This year, for the first time in St. Andrew's history, the Class of 2018 reached 100% participation in its class gift, with all members of the class making a gift to the Saints Fund. The Class of 2018 made its class gift in honor of Director of Security Phil Davis, who has served in this role at St. Andrew's since 2011.
"We are so excited to announce that we have made School history and reached 100% participation to the Saints Fund in the name of Phil Davis!," said Claire Miller '18 at the dinner. "Like so many others in this community, Phil Davis is a person whose constant behind-the-scenes work may generally go unnoticed. However, without his dedicated commitment to the safety of our student body, faculty, and staff, all of what we have accomplished this year as a School would not have been possible. Especially at a time when school safety has been on the forefront of all our minds, we are so grateful to have Mr. Davis keeping our campus safe."
Devin Duprey '10 gave the address at the dinner, and reflected on her time at St. Andrew's as a student, and in her current capacity as a member of the faculty. She shared the School's expectations for its alumni as they head out into the world; you can listen to her talk on the Podcasts page of our website.