On the first Sunday in June, in the shadows of the Washington National Cathedral, the 57 members of the Class of 2021 received their diplomas from the Head of School and joined the ranks of Edmund Burke School alumni.
The ceremony, while atypical, offered a refreshing breath of normalcy. Dressed in burgundy, graduates could gather all together, surrounded by close family and friends, give personal speeches and musical performances, and process to the chords of Pomp & Circumstance.
Still, to comply with local guidance, the School hosted an outdoor graduation for the first time in recent memory and families sat in small groups all around the spacious amphitheatre – and picked up a catered "reception in a box" on their way home.
The School was honored to welcome Representative James Clyburn (D - SC), House Majority Whip and the third ranking Democrat in the US House of Representative, who provided a recorded keynote address – one that emphasized perseverance and tenacity, along with good manners.
The graduating class included both a 3rd generation graduate, Anatiyah W. S. '21, daughter of Kimberly W. '92, and a 2nd generation graduate, Skye G. '21, daughter of Ebony F. '98.
Student Speakers: Helen J. H. '21, Julia P. '21, Sidney H. '21
Student Performers: Alice C. '21, Isabela C. '21, Kyra L. '21, Maya C. '21, Nathan W. '21