Excerpt from Head of School Caroline Blatti's 2019 Commencement Remarks
Seventy one. The total number of graduating seniors this year. Twenty one percent of you have been with the class since K- P1st or first grade. Those of you who have been here for 12, 13 or 14 years were recognized at Class Day yesterday and in the Quid Nunc, our yearbook. Other girls came along the way – entering later in Lower School or Middle and/or Upper School. This creates a diverse class – one with a wide range of opinions and voices, perspectives, and ideas. Our Centennial Song describes this incredible dynamic for our students in this class – “like the tree…many branches, many leaves,." The Class of 2019, you are many and you are one.
The Class of 2019 has been an incredible class. Here at RPCS you have been the leaders of the school. You have risen to the occasion time and again. And, in keeping with Mary Griffin’s leadership this year and her selection of our word for the year – you speak your truth. You are the scholars, athletes, thespians, visual artists, activists, ambassadors, friends, mentors, world travelers, passionate writers, curious mathematicians and scientists, we care about so very much.
You will leave a legacy as servant leaders. The Class of 2019 completed just under 9,000 hours of service to others.
You have proven yourselves to be scholars with an earnest commitment to your academic undertakings. Eighty five percent of you earned honor roll both semesters of senior year. And, 44 percent of you earned honor roll all eight semesters of Upper School. Thirty nine of you or almost 55 percent of you are graduating with a cumulative, weighted GPA of 90 or above. These academic achievements are particularly compelling as they are set against the backdrop of all of us witnessing your passionate commitment to other areas of co-curricular life.
You are engaged scholars who are setting off on a wide range of opportunities in the fall and beyond your time at RPCS. Nearly 21 percent of you will be attending liberal arts colleges and 77 percent of you will be attending comprehensive universities. Two of you will attend military universities. Nine of you will be attending school at seven different colleges and universities in the state of Maryland, four of you will attend a women’s college, four of you will be attending historically black colleges or universities. Eleven of you were awarded STEM Certificates yesterday. And two of you were awarded World Language certificates, indicating your passion for global cultures and languages. Eleven of you will continue your athletic careers to play at the collegiate level in lacrosse, basketball, golf and soccer.
This is an impressive and important list of accomplishments, but what often can’t be quantified in statistics is the impact a person – and in this case – 71 unique young women and an entire class – can have on a community and its culture.