After a year like no other, clear skies brought Kent Place School’s 2021 Commencement outside onto the campus graduation lawn for an age-old custom. Faculty, trustees, and administrators marched, in their academic regalia, down a path lined with the traditional daisy chain. Seniors then walked one by one through the daisy chain and were seated as a class for the final time.
The ceremony began with some words from Head of School Jennifer Galambos and Director of the Upper School Nicole Hager. English teacher Aubrey Porterfield gave the faculty remarks.
Class representatives Aya Mtume and Jenna Smith spoke on behalf of the graduates; Isabella Diaz, outgoing senior class president, announced the senior class gift: a bean bag chair for each class lounge.
The Citizenship Cup, which is awarded to a member of the senior class who, during her years at Kent Place, has shown herself to be the outstanding example of student social responsibility, was presented to Jenna Smith. Considered one of the school’s highest honors, the Citizenship Cup is voted on by all Upper School faculty and students.
Zoe Campbell, Remy Charters, and Katie Lubow received the White Blazer Award, which goes to students who have been three-sport athletes all four years of high school and have demonstrated leadership and citizenship both on and off the field.
The Carol P. Dorian ’75 Prizes for Fine Arts and Dance were established in memory of Carol Dorian, who died of cancer in 1987. The arts were among her greatest loves. The Carol P. Dorian ’75 Prize for Art was presented to Julia Gerbino; the Prize for Dance was awarded to Grace Weiss.
The Robert Pridham Drama Prize was awarded to Nyatché Martha; the Music Award, given to a student who has distinguished herself in the field, was presented to Natasha Wan.
John Walz, faculty advisor for the Kent Place Cum Laude Society, officiated at the installation of new members. Inducted into the honor society were seniors Isabella Diaz, Sophia Famular, Riley Gonyea, Grace Miller, Alayo Oloko, Jenna Smith, Kaitlyn Szot, Elizabeth Thatch, and Natasha Wan. Juniors inducted (in absentia) were Emma Chan, Selena Liu, Miranda Lorsbach, Arden Meyer, Helen Pertsemlidis, Georgia Post-Lipnick, Zoe Segal, and Megan Wu.
Seniors Madeline Estey, Caroline Johnson, Olivia Kwon, Elizabeth Mastrangelo, Aya Mtume, Alexandra Pereira, and Tanmayee Talla had been inducted in absentia as juniors and were able to receive their certificates at Commencement.
Dr. Galambos gave the concluding remarks.
The 76 Members of the Class of 2021
Audrey Alix, Sophia Bauhs, Elizabeth Beckett, Haley Bigler, Kendall Blundin, Sarah Brandstaedter, Claire Bryant, Zoe Campbell, Remy Charters, Jannat Chaudry, Mia Chimenti, Claire Chou, Quinn Correa, Isabella Diaz, Kayla Drum, Ryenn Engles, Rachel Esposito, Madeline Estey, Sophia Famular, Nina Fazio, Olivia Galdi, Julia Gerbino, Riley Gonyea, Nicholas Gordon, Samara Grannum, Jade Heningburg, Amna Jan, Caroline Johnson, Paulina Kachalova, Shefali Kamilla, Molly Kelley, Kayla Kim, Mia Kintiroglou, Olivia Kwon, Elizabeth Laurence, Serena Lee, Trisha Lee, Skylar Lienhardt, Eliza Lox, Katie Lubow, Hope Malloy, Nyatché Martha, Elizabeth Mastrangelo, Elizabeth Michalchuk, Ashley Mikosh, Elizabeth Miller, Margot Miller, Sabrina Montouth, Gabrielle Moore, Aya Mtume, Haley Murray, Chelsie Nacelus, Peyton Nichols, Grace Novak, Madeline O’Connor, Alayo Oloko, Sophia Paris, Kaitlyn Parker, Sydney Pence, Alexandra Pereira, Anna Peterson, Ruby Pollack, Maya Ranji, Erin Roth, Skylar Sim, Jenna Smith, Kaitlyn Szot, Tanmayee Talla, Caitlin Tam, Elizabeth Thatch, Kayla Turnof, Riley Wagner, Natasha Wan, Grace Weiss, Elizabeth Wyshner, and Rebeka Zambrano.