While we couldn’t be together in person, we highlighted our girls through activities through special, socially distanced activities, such as the 8th Grade Caravan Celebration that brought closing activities to students’ neighborhoods (including an appearance from our mascot, Gus!), the modified senior drive-around and Commencement ceremonies, and more!
4th Grade Moving Up
The Lower School celebrated our 4th graders on Monday, June 1 with special Moving Up Day activities, beginning with a home delivery of floral bouquets and tote bags containing each student’s 4th grade completion certificate, a student-designed t-shirt, and memory book. Later that evening, students and families gathered digitally for the Moving Up Ceremony, featuring reflections from fourth grade teachers Caitlin Sweeney and Patty Hicke, as well as an address and a musical performance from Lower School Director Elizabeth Elizardi. Students joined in the fun with special performances of the AIS alma mater and enjoyed a tribute video from throughout their years in Lower School. Next stop: Middle School!
8th Grade Moving Up
Eighth graders began their Moving Up Day celebrations with a road trip — one that led to their neighborhoods! Nearly two dozen faculty, staff, and administrators (and our mascot, Gus!) brought the 8th Grade Closing Caravan parade to students’ doorsteps, where they received their 8th grade completion certificates and a special gift. In the evening, 8th graders and their families attended a virtual Moving Up Ceremony to honor their transition to Upper School next year while passing student leadership responsibility to their 7th grade friends. Middle School Director Cintra Horn encouraged the Class of 2024 to embrace the essence of who they are as they progress to Upper School, while Class President Clara Laveran reflected on the year and thanked the teachers who helped make it possible. Everyone enjoyed a Full House style tribute video, with each 8th grader sharing her favorite aspect of AIS.
Commencement at AIS is usually a time of reflection, farewells, and looking optimistically to the future. This year was no exception, as the Class of 2020 embraced modified celebrations, including ceremonies earlier in the week for students to receive their diplomas by advisory — complete with walking across the stage, photos, and enthusiastic encouragement from their friends! On June 4, students began the day with a virtual Senior Brunch — and were surprised with an amazing tribute created by our senior class parents. Later that day, at the time when seniors would have been processing into the gymnasium for graduation, faculty and staff surprised the Class of 2020 with a special send-off to remember — one that echoed the beloved Senior Drive Around. Families gathered virtually that evening for the official Commencement Ceremony, featuring Commencement speaker Sandra Moser ’94, an experienced trial lawyer and partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. The class also heard from student-elected speaker Madison Thompson. “We represent 150 years of resilience and determination, and as the world around us fills with fear and uncertainty, and we wonder if we’ll begin our new lives in the fall as we’ve always dreamed of, I now know that home is where the heart is. … Know that no matter where you are in this moment, and the many moments to come, we are together in spirit, and forever will be.”
Congratulations to all our students for their dedication, resilience, and positive spirit!