Celebrating the Class of 2020

Jemile Dragovic ShinnUncategorized

Each school year, immediately following Spring Break, the faculty and staff that make up our graduation committee gather to set into motion plans for graduation at the end of May. Most of the “pomp and circumstance” are consistent  from year to year: the diplomas, program, caps and gowns, photos, and location. Families and friends join us on campus for a joyous occasion to celebrate the scholarship and leadership of our seniors.

This year, following spring break, the COVID-19 virus upended what Crossroads and other schools could conceive of for the Class of 2020. More information emerged about the virus and guidelines from the City of St. Louis confirmed the need for social distancing. Crossroads made the difficult decision to host graduation virtually and found a number of ways to maintain school traditions and honor the Class of 2020.

Seniors’ Last Day of Classes

In honor of seniors’ last official day of classes, faculty and staff had the honor and joy of dropping off care packages and yard signs at students’ front doors.  The care packages included the students’ cap and gown , yearbook, and pancake mix to be used the following day for a virtual Pancake Breakfast.

“Know that all of us at Crossroads care very much for you,” wrote Jason in a message to seniors that morning. “We believe in you, and we are grateful for the opportunity to know you. We look forward to all of the ways the world will be better because you’ve moved into it as young adults. You are impressive. You’re a wonder. And I have great expectations for all of you.”

Awards Night

The following week, faculty and staff created a recorded Zoom presentation for Awards’ Night, which included our traditional honors for seniors.  Senior Awards went to the following students:

  • Scholarship
    • Catherine Birch
    • Ernest McCarter
  • Imagination
    • Olivia Smith
  • Responsibility
    • Sophie Cohen
  • Head of School’s Award
    • Meg Corbett

Graduation Celebration

With our in-person graduation ceremony unfeasible, faculty and staff developed a plan to celebrate the Class of 2020 on May 17, Crossroads’ scheduled graduation day. Seniors and their families received a link to the graduation ceremony earlier that day, and we invite you to view it as well (password: 3K@4J?4A). Seniors and their families joined faculty and staff on campus later that day for a car parade to receive their diplomas. View a slideshow from the day and family photos here.

It was a joyful experience. As one of our teachers noted, “No one expected a graduation like this, but the care and consideration for kids was evident every step of the way.”

One senior shared their thoughts with faculty and staff later, “With all the teachers cheering and all the decked out cars, it really felt like a celebratory bang to end our time here at Crossroads.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Makenzie Dawn Akins                   Webster University

Sophia Homa Alai                            Gap Year

Nicholas Vytautas Babusis           Purdue University

Daniel Devereaux Baumstark Lake Forest College

Mac Edward Beatrice                     Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Russell Hitchcock Bigham            Case Western Reserve University

Catherine Christine Birch             University of Dayton

Camden Moss Breckenridge       Mount Holyoke College

Thomas Colfer Stewart Burke Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Jordan Michael Caradine             University of Arkansas

Alia Chappell-Beattie                    Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Yingje (Quinn) Chen                      University of Florida

Kavion Marcell Chester                Barry University

Sophie Flora Cohen                        University of Missouri, Columbia

Meg Sommer Corbett                    Boston College

Yihan Dong                                         University of Toronto

Madison Camille Fuller               University of Missouri, Columbia

Alexander Edward Godiner        University of Tampa

Michael Anthony Green               University of Arizona

Gavin Griffiths-Hill                         Webster University

Audrey Anna Hiotis                        University of Colorado, Boulder

Haojie (Walker) Hu                        New York University

Adam Christopher John                University of Utah

Alyssa Mae Knoerle                       University of Missouri, St. Louis

Ernest Andrew McCarter              Princeton University

McKinlee Brooke Morris              Barnard College

Giovanni Antonio Panzeri           Drury University

Grace Ann Rogers                            Hampton University

Olivia Elise Smith                            Middle Tennessee State University

Mystic Asaru Krsnanda 

El-Stargod                                           Southern University

Nya Marie Steward                         DePaul University

Katherine Renee Talley                Gap Year

Miles Jackson Thomas                 Middle Tennessee State University

Zoe Marie Venable                         St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Ronald Walton Wagner Jr.          Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Weichu Wang                                   Rochester Institute of Technology

Ashlyn Elise Wiley                          University of Houston

Valerie Williams                              Undecided

Yichen (Lily) Yang                            Syracuse University