The Class of 2020 celebrated Commencement in drive-through style on Saturday, May 16. Nearly 100 seniors and their families who live locally, gathered in The EdgeCenter parking lot in decorated vehicles to line up for the parade. Dr. Kesselring emotionally addressed the class, recalling that in his first year as Headmaster at MVA there were 13 graduates, a far cry from the 250 graduates in the Class of 2020. This year, there were six graduates who had been at MVA for their entire school career as they had started at MVA in Pre-K3. Before the parade kicked off, a senior video, created by senior, Molly Smith, was shown and fireworks signaled the start of the parade.
The parade was led by the sheriff’s department, the Montverde fire department with Monty the Eagle aboard and Dr. Kesselring and Mrs. Renee Lundy, the MVA Board Chairperson. The convoy passed through the Upper School circle where each senior jumped out of his/her vehicle clad in cap and gown for a photo on a stage in front of the MVA bell tower which was lit up purple.
Valedictorian, Jesse Jones, was the first graduate to cross the stage. After the photo, students got back in their car and proceeded around the loop and around campus that ended with a drive past Dr. Kesselring’s home as the last stop. The entire drive was lined with staff and faculty who held signs, waved and cheered for the students.
Check out the photos HERE using the password Monty1912. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!