In a ceremony held two days before Commencement, the Baccalaureate dinner is one of the most important PDS traditions and is also a chance for the Senior class to spend one last evening together before they are officially deemed alumni of Princeton Day School.
Led by the 12th Grade Dean Mia Manzulli, this year’s celebration was especially poignant as Manzulli is wrapping up her final year at PDS. In her remarks to the Class of 2022, she focused on three thoughts, not advice, that she wanted to leave with students: “First, in a world that sometimes feels upside down, we need young leaders who aspire to make things better and effect change. I believe that you, the Class of 2022, have the potential to do great things.”
She continued, “Second, even after four years in the Upper School, it is probably true that everything you need to know, you learned in kindergarten. As Robert Fulghum has written: ‘Live a balanced life. – Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Be aware of wonder.’ Third, my office is not soundproof.”
Amidst laughter and a few tears, seniors celebrated their Dean’s departing words, which captured the end of an important journey for them all: “It has been my honor and privilege to be your Class Dean and I am excited to be graduating with you.”