Class of 2021 Graduation
On June 10, Riverdale awarded diplomas to 125 members of the Class of 2021.
Speakers included Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph; Senior Dean Carol Pouliot; Emily Sclafani, history department faculty; and Dr. Jacqueline Barton ’70, the John G. Kirkwood and Arthur A. Noyes Professor in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.
Karlo Andrei Antalan ’21 and Michelle A. Wen ’21 addressed their classmates. Maya Rackoff ’21 performed “For Good” from “Wicked.”
The ceremony capped an extraordinary year in the history of the school. Since March 2020, when the school closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, students have seen their usual activities curtailed because of federal, state, and local health protocols.
For most of the 2020-2021 school year, students have followed a hybrid schedule of in-person and online learning. In the spring, health mandates began to ease, allowing for more in-person activities. Shortly before the event, New York State lifted some requirements, and graduates and their guests were permitted to remove their masks in the tent.