It was a delightful evening in more ways than one as members of the Parents of Black Students, Asian Students, and Latino Students groups gathered for a banquet to celebrate 61 graduates of color on the last day of May. More than 120 people joined in with Head of School Bryan Garman, US Principal Mamadou Guèye, Director of Equity, Justice, and Community Philip McAdoo, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Frankie Brown, US Dean of Students Michael Woods, and affinity group advisors Hayes Davis, Jackie Morillas, and Dominic Lee. All enjoyed a special banquet prepared by Meriwether Godsey kitchen staff.
After welcoming remarks by Bryan and Mamadou, and a poem read by Hayes, families responded to a survey on the strengths of Sidwell Friends, which also solicited suggestions on how their SFS experience might be improved and their support in the School community increased. The seniors shared a moving series of reflections about their experiences at the School.
A fitting ending to a celebration marked by good feeling, cake, and hugs saw the release of 61 multicolor balloons, representing each of the graduates. But more than that, the gesture signified how the School looks forward to welcoming new students of color who will enrich the SFS community in years to come.