Family and friends of the Class of 2018 gathered on June 9 to celebrate the 2018 Commencement ceremony at St. Paul's School. Following remarks from Joshua Scheinker '92, president of the Alumni Association, and the unveiling of the plaque in the Chapel that bears their names, members of the St. Paul's Class of 2018 processed to their seats outside Brooklandwood.
Headmaster David C. Faus welcomed graduates, faculty, family members, and special guests, and spoke about the many accomplishments of the Class of 2018. "You sent out 570 college applications, and were accepted by almost 200 different institutions of higher learning. You will head to 51 different schools next year, and more than 70% of you earned merit-based scholarships. You won 2 MIAA athletic championships. You delivered virtuoso artistic performances – singing, playing musical instruments, and acting," he said. Faus also reflected on classes of the past and their journey through St. Paul's. He offered them this advice, "As you prepare to move beyond this campus, I urge you to connect and stay connected. Stay connected with St. Paul's and don't let 50 years pass before you come back to see us. We know you, we care about you, and are vested in your happiness and success. More important, stay connected with one another in the years and decades ahead. You are a brotherhood. Your names are joined together on the Chapel wall. What binds you together is so much bigger, and more important, than individual differences."
Graduating senior Ryan Kern delivered the Commencement address, sharing engaging stories on behalf of the class, and offering words of advice. "That's why St. Paul's is so special, it's the collective endeavor to better ourselves and each other. Seniors, I hope you leave this place feeling like you have discovered, at least partially, who you are. I encourage you to listen to the wisdom of others, but don't be afraid to question it as well."
Reese McCormack Graef received the Kinsolving-Hamilton Award for embodying the ideals in the School Prayer. The Arthur B. Kinsolving Fellowship Award for best representing St. Paul's School was presented to Johnathan Kermit Billups. The Alumni Medal recognizing the student with the highest GPA in the class over four years of Upper School was awarded to Andrew Thomas Genuit.
See a full list of Upper School award winners.
Click here to see photos from commencement.
Click here for the full list of Middle School award winners.
Lower School Closing Ceremony
Lower School Closing photos