We did it!
Oldfields’ Graduations are always special, but this year as the girls walked slowly down the hill, dressed in white with their bright smiles and colorful bouquets, the emotions were exceptionally poignant. The joy, the pride, and yes, a bit of relief, were palpable as all were aware what an accomplishment and privilege it was to participate in this cherished Oldfields tradition.
The end-of-year festivities officially began with the Junior/Senior Picnic on June 2. The students treasured the day off campus (a visit to go-carts and mini-golf followed by a picnic and swimming on the shores of the Chesapeake) like never before!
Due to stormy weather, the much anticipated Garden Party was diverted from under the tent to inside the McCulloch Dining Hall, but the students’ enthusiasm could not be dampened. It felt so wonderful to have a reason to dress up and share an incredible meal! Trustee and President of the Alumni Association Lulu Good Laubenstein ’72 was able to join us to induct the seniors into the Oldfields Alumni Association. The evening closed with All-School President Maddy Krupp’s ’21 parting speech in which she encouraged her classmates to remember the feeling of love and community they were experiencing that night, not the challenges of the past year, stating “This is the Oldfields I will remember.”
On Friday evening the weather was perfect for Baccalaureate as seniors were joined under the tent by their families for service presided over by Reverend Megan Stewart-Sicking from Immanuel Episcopal Church. An inspiring speech was delivered by Ms. Jan Adams, President and CEO of JMA Solutions and also the aunt of our own Director of Health Services Darla Carter. She chronicled her journey from a single parent to a Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, followed by leadership of JMA Solutions which has won numerous awards that include INC. 5000’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America, the DC Chamber of Commerce’s Community Impact Award, The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces for the D.C. area, and the Disabled American Veterans’ Small Employer of the Year Award. Ms. Adams was profiled in O, The Oprah Magazine (2018), Entrepreneur Magazine (2018), Forbes Magazine (2016) and is also an original corporate contributor to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Her personal example was inspirational as our students transition from life at Oldfields to broader horizons. As the audience moved from the tent to the Awards Ceremony, they could not help but set their sights high, bolstered by Ms. Adams' confidence and sage advice. The ceremony ended as Chef "X", beloved by all our students, delivered a special toast.
Graduation morning arrived with blue skies and was relatively cicada-free. The simple, profound ceremony went off without a hitch as the Class of 2021 graduated in a year like no other. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge that the day was bittersweet as we thought about our remote students, especially the seniors, who could not celebrate on campus with us. The cardboard cutouts could never come close to replacing them, but we hope they know that they were in our hearts.
The Class of 2020 was also on our minds, as they were unable to close their time at Oldfields with a walk down Graduation Hill last year. Each graduating senior in the Class of 2021 carried a white rose in honor of their former classmates, and Head of School David Perfield also wore a white rose in his lapel.
We cannot adequately express our deep gratitude to all the members of the Oldfields community who made this year possible. One thing remains forever true, the students were the secret to our success this year as they navigated their Oldfields Experience with Courage, Humility, and Largeness of Heart.