Class of 2021 Celebrates Their Post-Graduation Plans at College Signing Day

On June 9th, our high schoolers gathered to celebrate the Class of 2021 through an exciting virtual College Signing Day event! The celebration was led by Hyde’s widely adored College Program Team and filled with college-themed trivia, performances from our staff, and a slideshow showcasing the Class of 2021’s college decisions. We are so immensely proud of this graduating class, especially keeping in mind the perseverance it took for them to undergo the college application process in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. See below for a short speech delivered by esteemed college counselor and Hyde’s new High School Director, Mr. Hittenmark… 

Today is the culmination of four years of growth, humility, and dedication to excellence in and out of the classroom. The Class of 2021 started their college process by taking the most rigorous course load any freshman class had yet undertaken at Hyde. They visited colleges, submitted over 700 applications, met with representatives, undertook internships, and joined local organizations. They set themselves apart far before this pandemic arrived. 

Deciding on a college, a home for the next four years is not an easy task. It takes thoughtful consideration and commitment to explore your unique potential. The college experience has the capacity to push you outside your comfort zone, introduce you to people and experiences, a network of alumni that you can rely on, and inspire future Hyde Lions to follow in your footsteps!

Juniors, Sophomore, and Freshman, this will be you someday. Making a commitment in the pursuit of your unique potential. I hope you take some time to reflect, think about the schools and areas of study our scholars have chosen. 

Today would not be possible without our amazing staff challenging and guiding our scholars K-12, our families in choosing a college prep school and trusting us with their children, our amazing college prep counselors, and of course the hard work and dedication of the Class of 2021. 

It has been an honor to watch many of you grow from little Hyde Kindergarteners to your deep self-reflection during the senior process. I am exceptionally proud of the Class of 2021 and I hope everyone takes the opportunity to show them, love, as they announce their college commitments.