On June 3, 2017, 36 seniors prepared to embark on the next chapter of their lives. The morning commenced with families gathering on the lawn outside the Bar Fork for breakfast. Everyone was excited as the girls were given their floral halos and boys were pinned with boutonnieres. This was followed by the class picture with Mt. Sopris as the backdrop. The graduation procession, led by Head of School Jeff Leahy, and special guest, John Stickney '57 (his diploma in hand) who started at CRMS during it's inaugural year with John and Anne Holden, wove its way from the Holden House to the lawn in front of the Barn, where anxious families, friends, and community members gathered to celebrate.
Each year at graduation, two awards are given out to senior class members. The CRMS Community Award
is the highest recognition the school community bestows on a student. Those who receive the award embody the enduring values that have been at the core of the school since its beginning—respect, responsibility, and excellence. The award recognizes individuals for their responsibility beyond themselves, for their willingness to work for the benefit of all, and for the legacy, through example, that endures in the memories of everyone. This year's recipient of the senior class Community Award was Andres Rivera. The CRMS Academic Excellence Award
is granted to a student whose academic performance during the year demonstrates remarkable consistency at the highest level of achievement. The intent of the award is to honor those who have rewarded both students and faculty in the classroom, who achieve a level of excellence matched by the values of scholarship we all hold dear, and who study with intensity, motivate themselves and others, and genuinely celebrate learning in all aspects to its fullest. This year's senior class Academic Award winner was Tina Tan.
All speakers for the graduation ceremony are chosen by the senior class. This year's student class speakers were Will Newton and Katie Birzon. Faculty and Staff speakers Jeremy Wolf, using biking analogies, reminded the class of 2017 to always bring their best; Marlin Rhodes assured them all that CRMS will always be here for them, and Lynn Pulford sent them out into the world with love and a tear or two.
After the ceremony, the Class of 2017 and guests headed over to the Bar Fork for a delicious lunch graciously put together by the kitchen staff and parent volunteers.
Photos from graduation can be found on flickr.
The Acceptance and Matriculation list can be found here.