In a truly unique ceremony, Waterside School's class of 2020 finally got to don their caps and gowns on a day the graduates, their families and the faculty have long awaited. On Saturday, July 25, Waterside hosted a socially distanced graduation in a most picturesque setting- along the shoreline at Stamford Yacht Club.
Though certainty different from past graduations, this ceremony was perhaps more special and poignant than ever, as the graduates had been separated from each other since March. In keeping with tradition, Mr. Edwards presented Paula Zanol with Waterside's most distinguished award, "The Kruger Cup," which recognizes a graduate who embodies the School's commitment to academic achievement and character development.
Fittingly, Mrs. Jody Visage gave the School's commencement address. She explained that like the graduates, she too will be moving on to the next phase of her life after seventeen years at Waterside. She emphasized that while the future is uncertain in many ways, she has no doubt that the graduates will go on to effect change with the sheer goodness that they bring into the world. Citing a quote from a treasured picture frame in her office, Mrs. Visage told the students: "You are a song worth singing from the rooftops."
This fall, Waterside's class of 2020 will matriculate at the finest schools in the area, all with scholarships. Nevertheless, Waterside will always be their home, and it was clear from their video message that they are grateful for the many opportunities they have received, and more importantly for the love and support they have felt throughout their journey.