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Rye Country Day School Graduation Ceremonies Recognize Milestone Student Achievements

The Rye Country Day School was thrilled to recognize milestone student achievements during three in-person graduation ceremonies, which were held at Manhattanville College. Congratulations to all of our graduates. We are so proud of you!

On June 11, 2021,  the Class of 2021 was recognized during Rye Country Day’s 152nd Graduation Exercises. The ceremony featured remarks from Head of School Scott Nelson, Senior Class President Kyle Mandell, and the Graduation Speaker, leading robotics engineer Dr. Al Rizzi. The WildScats also delivered an inspiring performance of "I Lived" written by Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella. 

Dr. Rizzi touched on the the benefits of the wide range of experiences and perspectives that the Rye Country Day education offers, and he encouraged the graduates to continue to develop their critical thinking skills and challenge themselves to learn and try new things throughout their lives. He also commended the Class of 2021 for their resilience in meeting the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. He concluded his remarks urging the graduates to take advantage of opportunities to learn about their interests and discover new passions to guide on their path to success, joy, and having a broader impact on society.

Mr. Nelson shared, “You have far surpassed the School’s academic standards, and you have acquired the academic skills, a core body of knowledge, and an understanding of others that together will serve you well in the years ahead. You are critical thinkers who are able to unpack complex concepts, make connections across disciplines, and collaborate effectively to achieve incredible results. The world needs thinkers and doers like you.”

Congratulations, Class of 2021! Throughout your RCDS careers, you have impressed, inspired, and invigorated us. And, during this unprecedented year, you demonstrated incredible resilience and strength of character. We are proud of your many accomplishments and contributions to our community. Welcome to the RCDS alumni family!

On June 9, 2021, the Class of 2025 celebrated their Middle School graduation. The ceremony included remarks from Middle School  Principal Ryan Song and Head of School Scott Nelson, as well as the graduation address by Class Speaker Leah Steyn ’25 and the welcome to the Upper School from Student Body President Maya Hirani ’22. Jolee Pisacano '21 also performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Congratulations, Class of 2025! We look forward to following and celebrating your achievements in the Upper School!

On June 8, 2021, fourth graders moved up to the Middle School! The event included remarks from Lower School  Principal Barbara Shea, Head of School Scott Nelson, and Stacy Kaufman on behalf of the fourth grade teachers. Jolee Pisacano '21 also performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." In addition, each fourth grade class selected a speaker. Rachel K., Jack S., Amelia A., and David K. shared their perspectives on the milestone moving-up moment and their experiences throughout their Lower School years. Congratulations, Class of 2029, we can’t wait to watch and applaud your Middle School adventures!

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