Like almost everything about their final year at Crescent School, the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 was a first in Crescent’s 107-year history.
The ceremony took place on October 9, 2020, postponed from June with the hope that COVID-19 restrictions would ease by the fall. However, the continuing pandemic meant that the ceremony was shared as a video rather than the traditional event on campus. Despite these changes, the ceremony was a meaningful, personal celebration of each of the 97 graduates in the Class of 2020.
"Today we honour each young man’s unique path and congratulate them, not only for what they have achieved but for who they have become,” said Headmaster Michael Fellin in his opening remarks for the ceremony. “Though the world is facing many challenges, our graduates are now called to serve and lead as Men of Character.”
In keeping with Crescent tradition, each graduate was featured on the screen while his personal reflection about his experiences and hopes for the future were read aloud by Upper School faculty members.
The ceremony also included remarks by Jamie Coulter ’87, P’21, Chair of Crescent’s Board of Governors, and by the Class Valedictorian, Ian Devlin.
In his speech, Devlin said that the stories he and his classmates share will bind them as brothers long after their photos join the collection of graduation photos hanging in Crescent’s Heritage Hall.
“We all know what we missed out on, but what is truly vital is the lasting friendships that we have formed,” said Devlin. “Many of us have already departed for various universities in Canada, the U.S. and beyond. We have already met many interesting people, had new experiences and likely made new friends. But what is apparent now is that none of these people can share, reminisce or relive the memories we have made at Crescent.”Watch the Class of 2020 Graduation video
.See where the Class of 2020 graduates are now