Today, the Princeton Day School Class of 2021 enjoyed a new version of the traditional Senior Sendoff, capping off their final day on campus prior to Commencement before heading off to complete their Senior Projects. On-campus seniors were able to convene together in the expansive Athletic Center Field House for a socially-distanced ceremony, while remote seniors and the rest of their US classmates joined in virtually. After a challenging yet successful year of school during the pandemic following on-campus health and safety protocols, it was especially meaningful for the seniors to connect and celebrate with their US classmates. The Senior Sendoff marks the second spring event in which the seniors were able to convene as an entire class with all on-campus seniors together in one location. (Last month, on March 31, the Class of 2021 came together for the first time this year in the Campus Center for their Senior Breakfast.)
During today's ceremony, Class of 2021 Dean and US History teacher Sam Hunt reflected on the marked growth demonstrated by the senior class during their time at PDS. "I am deeply proud of all of you and I have had the great pleasure of serving as your Dean for three years, nearly half of which has been during a global pandemic. Throughout this time, you have all proved very easy to love and demonstrated an unmatched tenacity and spirit," Mr. Hunt shared.
"Today is a strange kind of 'goodbye' and a breaking of a pattern. I await with great eagerness to see the new directions you take and the new growth ahead. I know that I can speak for all of the faculty and leadership when we say we know this class will do great things," he continued.
Senior Class President Holly Teti '21 lauded her classmates for their perseverance throughout their tenure on The Great Road. "When there are problems in front of us, we as a class choose to solve them rather than ignore them. We've found our voice in solidarity with each other and with young people around the world. The Class of 2021 is defined by our collective resilience and how we know the difficulties of living in the world today, yet we keep on living anyway," she noted.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the senior class was cheered on by US classmates and faculty who viewed the event remotely from their classrooms in the main building. Afterward, they quickly proceeded from the Athletic Center to Jan Baker Field, where the seniors and juniors competed in flag football. Two games were organized, pitting senior girls against junior girls and senior boys against junior boys. Remaining US students were invited to attend the games to cheer on the teams and share Panther pride. Students also organized a "Black vs. Pink" theme, in which the Classes of '21 and '23 donned black attire and the Classes of '22 and '24 wore pink, with the freshmen and sophomores cheering on their color-coordinated junior and senior teams.
It was a special afternoon for US students to celebrate this senior class and all they have accomplished and overcome. For highlights about each senior, check out our Senior Spotlight series, which is being posted regularly throughout the spring, featuring insights about each senior's PDS experience and advice to future seniors.
Enjoy a Flickr album of highlights from the Senior Sendoff and flag football games.
Photos/video (from top): The Class of 2021 together in the Field House; Class President Holly Teti addressing her classmates; video compilation of the seniors departing for Baker Field and some great touchdown passes by Jules Romano '21 and Bruno Cucchi '21 in the flag football games (Note: In keeping with outdoor spring sports at PDS, masks are not required for players during outdoor games.)