Graduation 2021

Graduation 2021

After a memorable Senior Prom/Soiree in the Garden on June 4, on Sunday June 6, the Long Green Line of Delbarton alumni welcomed its 132 newest members...

One hundred and thirty-two members of the Class of 2021 celebrated their brotherhood at Delbarton Graduation in the Garden on June 6. Each of our graduates invited two guests, and every family grouping sat together under tents in the Senior Garden. Every graduate could invite up to four more guests to witness the event in the FAC via live stream. See photos below and click here to view/purchase photos (access code: DBGRAD2021) taken by Peter Wallburg Studios. Class of 2021 families, we encourage you to share your favorite photos with us for inclusion in our album. Please email them to Director of Marketing & Communications Jessica Fiddes here. 

Graduation day dawned sunny and hot for the Class of 2021, and the steamy weather held as graduates reported to the Senior Garden with their parents at 11:00am. All wore jackets and Delbarton class ties, and added a School seal lapel tacks to complete the traditional understated Delbarton graduation look. 

After graduates and parents were seated under tents in the Garden, Headmaster Fr. Michael Tidd, OSB, welcomed them to our second Covid-era Commencement.  Class of 2021 Co-Salutatorian Connor Teehan '21 also greeted classmates and their parents. Click here to read his remarks. 

After the monks processed into the Garden, the Baccalaureate Mass began with celebrant and homilist Abbot Richard Cronin, OSB. Later, his Co-Salutatorian Jack Szymanski '21 addressed the crowd and spoke amusingly about his penchant for procastination -- for example, he met his prom date for the first time at the pre-prom party -- and his 2-hour daily commute from Ridgewood to Delbarton. Definitely worth the trip, he confirmed. 

Once Communion was distributed to families, a formal Commencement ceremony began with the presentation of diplomas to each of our graduates. 

Special awards then followed.  Annually, the Delbarton School Medal is awarded to seniors for distinguished achievement.  For those seniors achieving in multiple areas, another award was presented after receiving a Delbarton Medal. The following awards were presented to members of the Class of 2021…

  • The Doctor Roy L. Horton Award is named in honor of a longtime Chairperson of the Music Department.  The Delbarton Medal for Excellence in Choral Music was presented to Trevor Ritchie '21.
  • For achievement in Studio Art, the Delbarton Medal was presented to Morgan Cecil '21.
  • For achievement in Theater, the Delbarton Medal was presented to Tony Fajardo '21.
  • The Corey T. Williams Award for excellence in Physics honors the memory of Corey T. Williams, class of 1991 and Delbarton faculty member.   The Delbarton Medal was presented to Alex Van Den Hende '21.
  • The Abbot Patrick M. O’Brien Award for excellence in Theology is given in memory of Abbot Patrick, who founded Delbarton School in 1939.  The Delbarton Medal was presented to Owen Hand '21.
  • For achievement in Arabic, the Delbarton Medal was presented to Aaron Slate '21.
  • For achievement in Classics, the Delbarton Medal was presented to Collin Sutter '21.
  • For achievement in French, the Delbarton Medal was presented to Ryan Smith '21.
  • For achievement in Italian, the Delbarton Medal was presented to John Walentowicz '21.
  • For dedication to the Archway, the Delbarton Medal was presented to Matthew Morfogen '21.
  • For dedication to the Courier, Delbarton Medals were presented to Pierce Munsey '21 and Patrick Smart '21.
  • For achievement in Debate, the Delbarton Medal was presented to Connor Teehan '21.

Several students received multiple awards…

  • In memory of Father Stephen W. Findlay, distinguished Delbarton Headmaster, The Fathers and Friends of Delbarton have established an award to be given each year to the graduate whose work in English reflects Fr. Stephen's love of the English language, and an award for achievement in Spanish were presented to Dylan Cawley '21.
  •  An award for achievement in Debate, and The Edward J. Murphy Award for excellence in History which was established in memory of Edward J. Murphy, class of 1986, were presented to Connor Teehan '21. 
  • An award for achievement in Debate, an award for achievement in Mathematics, and the Delbarton Mothers' Guild Prize for General Excellence, which is awarded each year to the student who leads his class scholastically, were presented to William Li '21.

Next, United States Army Ranger Thomas Rapp, brother of Jack Rapp '21, presented Jack with the United States Army National ROTC four year Scholarship to Vanderbilt University. The announcement was greeted with a rousing standing ovation from members of the Class of 2021 and their parents. 

More awards followed. For excellence in service to Diversity Among Peers, certificates were presented to Wade Merritt '21, Lemachi Eneremadu '21 and Tony Fajardo '21.

Finally, the six most distinguished senior awards were presented. Each recipient received a plaque commemorating the award, and each honoree will have his name prominently displayed in the Student Commons in Trinity Hall.

  • The James E. Nugent Award, established in memory of a graduate of the class of 1969, is awarded to the Delbarton senior who best exemplifies the spirit of giving himself to others. This young man has distinguished himself among his peers for his unquestioned integrity and for self-forgetful service to his classmates, school and community.  The James E. Nugent Award was presented to Owen Hand '21.
  • The Peter B. Haas Award, established in memory of a 25 year-old Marine pilot killed in Korea, recognizes distinguished leadership within the School. For their work in upholding the values of brotherhood and unity among their peers, and for their outstanding service in many areas of School life, the Peter B. Haas Award was presented to Quinn Zebrowski '21.
  • The Succisa Virescit Award is presented to a senior who has manifested love for life and for the School, and has significantly grown through challenge as implied in the school's motto, Succisa Virescit “cut down, he will grow up strong again.”  The Succisa Virescit Award was presented to Jack Forgione '21.
  • The Bryan Bennett Award honors the memory of a member of the class of 1994 who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. This award is for the ‘quiet hero’, a student who, like Bryan, has distinguished himself for his day-to-day work ethic, consistent nobility and unfailing kindness to others all of which have made him a model of steadfastness to his classmates and teachers.  The recipient of this award is chosen by his classmates. The Bryan Bennett Award was presented to Christian Lalin '21. 
  • The Brian E. Fleury Award which is given to an outstanding scholar-athlete who demonstrates the same passion for scholarship that he does for athletics, a person who combine seriousness of purpose with self-effacing good humor, a person who is a consummate team player, selfless in all his endeavors, always putting the needs of others before his own.  The 2020 Fleury Award was presented to Max Cresti '21.
  • The Paul Jermak ’04 Scholarship, established in memory of Paul Jermak, a graduate of the class of 2004, is awarded to a senior who best embodies Delbarton’s mission of educating the whole person in mind, body and spirit.The Paul Jermak ‘04 Scholarship was presented to Joseph Udina '21

Click here for the complete list of academic, activity and athletic awards previously awarded to members of the Class of 2020 at the Senior Awards Ceremony on May 21, and click here for news and photos from the Awards event. 

Fr. Michael then introduced commencement speaker Steve Conine '91, co-founder of the online retail technology company Wayfair who offered graduates some excellent advice, concluding that happiness studies indicate that getting a good night's sleep and always being grateful lead the way to a gratifying life. Read Steve Conine's address here. At the conclusion of his address, Conine was awarded Delbarton Medal by Fr. Michael and Abbot Richard.

Class of 2021 Valedictorian Will Li '21, 'Sir Squilliam' to his peers, next delivered this Valedictory Address filled with Harry Potter references that was well-received by his classmates and their parents. Abbot Richard offered the Benediction, the School Hymn was sung, and the Class of 2021 were now official Delbarton alumni. It was no surprise that their first step was a plunge into the Delbarton fountain, a favorite photo opportunity for families to capture.

So...the plane has finally landed. These young men and their families have experienced perhaps the most challenging year in Delbarton history, a year of masks and social distancing, plexiglass and pre-packaged lunches, constantly shifting mandates, contact tracing with intermittent virtual learning, disrupted sports schedules, live-streamed thater performances and more. Through it all, they demonstrated admirable resilience, hard-wired grit and, always, a positive attitude tempered with humor. We thank them for flying with us during their Delbarton Experiences, and more importantly for trusting us through this pandemic year. We can't wait to see what these brothers in the Class of 2021 accomplish in college, career and beyond and we are confident that wherever life takes them, these battle-tested brothers will do just fine. The following is a list of colleges and institutions where our graduates will land this fall. Congratulations, all!

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