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Class of 2020 Celebrates Their Commencement In Person, At Last!
Liz Torrey

After a two-year wait, the Class of 2020 finally had the chance to celebrate their graduation from St. Andrew’s in person, on campus. Their senior year cut short by the pandemic in the spring of 2020, this Class remains the only Class in school history to have their Commencement ceremony held over Zoom. On June 9, they were able to “do over” that first ceremony with a more traditional Commencement ceremony under a bright blue sky on the Front Lawn. 

The festivities began the day prior, when the Class of 2020 was invited back to campus to spend the night on dorm for the first time since February of 2020. They kicked off the festivities by spending the afternoon on the Front Lawn and Noxontown Pond, enjoying spring weather and a mini “Spring Fling” of sorts, which they didn’t get to experience during their senior spring. That evening, the Class gathered for a short evening prayer service in the chapel, enjoyed a Class dinner with faculty on the Front Lawn, and then headed to the basement of Founders Hall, where they finally got the chance to open the letters they had written to themselves at the end of their III Form year (all the way back in the spring of 2017!), and carve their names in the alumni wall (a night-before-graduation tradition). Naturally, the Class stayed up late into the night, celebrating their time together with a bonfire on the Front Lawn. 

The following morning, Class of 2020 alumni were joined by their families for a Commencement brunch in the Dining Hall, followed by a Commencement ceremony on the Front Lawn. Former Head of School Tad Roach gave the Commencement address, and students were then awarded their diplomas. More than two-thirds of the Class was able to return for this joyful gathering. Class of 2020, we were so glad to have you home again!