Coming Together At Long Last to Celebrate the Class of 2021
Emotions were high, for all the very best reasons, on Friday, June 11, as faculty, staff, parents, and other guests gathered under a stately graduation tent to celebrate the Class of 2021. In the days leading up to the in-person, outdoor ceremony, several COVID restrictions were lifted, allowing graduates and their guests to leave their masks behind. For some parents, it was the first time stepping onto campus this year, and the fact that they could see and share smiles to mark this important milestone made all the difference. Head of School Gretchen Larkin said that this – the simple joy that a smile brings – is one of the things she missed most throughout the mask-wearing mandates of the pandemic. Still, little time was spent dwelling on what was missed this year; instead, all things pointed to our graduates’ bright futures and all that lies ahead for them.
In her graduation remarks, Larkin’s parting words to the graduates were:
“Class of 2021, you are bright, capable, high spirited, lively, animated, and exuberant! Today is your day and we are so happy for you. Because you will have opportunities in high school - and beyond - that few in this world have, practice kindness and compassion always. Life is too short to be anything but kind. Call upon your goodness, smile often, and remember that you are surrounded by people who love you infinitely. We miss you already.”
At CRS, curious students thrive because of our intentional cultivation of their individual academic success as well as their social-emotional development. With inspiration in and out of the classroom, our students enthusiastically apply knowledge to new situations. The best high schools are lucky to get CRS graduates.
Beaver Country Day School
Boston College High School
Cambridge School of Weston*
Catholic Memorial School
Dana Hall School
The Loomis Chaffee School
Medfield High School
Miss Porter's School
Needham High School*
Noble and Greenough School
St. Andrew's School (R.I.)
Xaverian Brothers High School
*Denotes more than one student matriculating to that secondary school.
Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.
Charles River School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.