The in-person graduation ceremony may have been canceled for the Class of 2020, but the sendoff of Santa Catalina School's seniors was no less celebratory. More than a month of tributes and social media shoutouts culminated in a virtual Commencement and some very special deliveries.
On May 30, graduates and their families came together for a live streamed video of our Baccalaureate prayer service and 68th Commencement Exercises. Administrators and teachers lovingly recreated the traditional in-person ceremonies, with the keynote address delivered from home by philanthropist Laurie Bechtel Dachs '67.
Two days earlier, administrators, teachers, admission staff, trustees, and alumnae hand-delivered graduation gifts to seniors in California, Oregon, Nevada, and Colorado. International students received these gifts in the mail. The gifts included their white Commencement gown, diploma, a Catalina bracelet from their Ring Sisters, the Chi Rho medal traditionally presented at Prize Day, the Father/Daughter tie, a uniform plaid face mask made by a Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School family, and more. Each delivery also came with red roses, a beloved part of our Commencement tradition.
Though we weren't able to celebrate in person, the love of the Santa Catalina community was on full display for the Class of 2020.