Every BB&N graduation is a celebratory event, but none was possibly more jubilant than the one held for the Class of 2021 on June 11 on Nichols Field at the Upper School campus. Only a few months ago it was unclear whether an in-person graduation was even feasible, but with many COVID restrictions for Massachusetts lifted, the graduation ceremony took place "in real life," as students often like to say. The temperate, sunny day could not have been more perfect, or appreciated, by those in attendance.
A variety of School traditions mark the BB&N calendar at the Upper School—some old, some new, some part of the academic fabric of the School, others part of the social fabric. These traditions include:
Homecoming – Football and a host of other sports, pageantry, pep rally spirit.
Senior Skits – The gloves come off as seniors “roast” faculty members, and are themselves “roasted” right back at this playful, artful, and irreverent end-of-year event.
Knighting Ceremony – As a way to welcome freshmen to the community, student council co-presidents perform a “knighting” ceremony. This bonding opportunity involves parading through a welcome tunnel of seniors and then being symbolically “knighted.”
Head of the Charles – Join the festivities at BB&N’s Eliot Bridge boathouse, an enviable venue from which to watch—or compete in—the world’s largest rowing regatta, held each October on the Charles River.
Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon – A schoolwide celebratory feast featuring guest speakers and artists.
Lifer Party – As their final BB&N year draws to a close, seniors who began their BB&N journey at the Morse Building (Beginner-Grade 1) gather at the Lower School campus for a nostalgic return to their BB&N roots
Strawberry Night – The School’s signature reunion event held in early June each year introduces the newly graduated senior class to the alumni ranks.