Davidson Day Commencement Honors Outstanding Class of ’19 Graduates, Faculty, and Staff
Davidson Day School graduated 34 members of the Class of 2019 on May 23 in Duke Performance Hall at Davidson College. It was Davidson Day’s 11th ever commencement. Dr. Latta Baucom, Head of School, handed students their diplomas.
The Class of 2019 graduates have been admitted to 65 colleges and universities across the globe, and will attend 29 institutions.
Actress and performer Maria Howell delivered the 2019 Commencement Address. She invited Davidson Day’s newest alumni to be a part of “the ‘in’ crowd,” by emphasizing their intelligence, integrity, and intention.
Howell said, “As you journey through your life, I hope you will do wonderful and meaningful things, both personally and professionally. That you make choices and decisions that will bring you joy and fulfillment, and hopefully that you will inspire others along the way.”
Dr. Baucom also addressed the graduates. He said, “The only way to really change the world in any meaningful way is to be willing and excited to explore the undiscovered,” he said. “While you embark on this new journey, this new phase of life, don’t miss the opportunity to follow your own map.”
Valedictorian Sarah Chinuntdet and Salutatorian Aicha Kaouss shared remarks centered on respectful, mindful, and intentional appreciation of the relationships forged during their Davidson Day experience and looking forward to college and beyond.
The ceremony also honored a plethora of academic, literary and character awards for students, as well as several teaching awards to faculty. Six “lifer” students, who attended Davidson Day from kindergarten through grade 12, were recognized earlier in the week—when they received their red Lifer stoles—and they wore them at graduation. .
(Jason Parker contributed to this article. Photography by Laura Mueller)