GREENWICH, Conn. -- Whitby School held its 54th graduation ceremony closing one chapter for 16 eighth-graders now headed to high school.
A dozen of the students delivered speeches among family, friends, faculty and staff.
They spoke of Whitby's impact on their lives before walking across a stage to receive their diplomas.
“Graduation is always a wonderful celebration of not only what our graduates have achieved but also how they have engaged within our community of learners during their time at Whitby,” said Head of School Bryan Nixon.
“As their learning journey continues onto high school we know they travel with a passion for learning and a desire to contribute as open-minded, principled students in their new schools.”
Speaker, Spanish teacher Luis Rivera encouraged students to “look up.” Literally, he joked, urging students to look up from their phones, and said this: “Look up and be someone to look up to,” Rivera said. “Be inclusive, be understanding, and be thoughtful, not because you have to, but because someday, someone will appreciate you for it.”
The graduates are headed to Blair Academy, Greens Farms Academy, Greenwich High School, Greenwich Academy, Hopkins School, Peddie School and more.
View all acceptances and matriculations here. “When you listen to our graduates, you're struck by their realization that Whitby has nurtured and challenged them throughout their whole tenure at Whitby,” said Head of Upper School Jonathan Chein.