It was a beautiful, sunny day for The Rumson Country Day School’s eighth grade Class of 2014, as they arrived on the RCDS campus on June 6 for their Upper School Graduation. The 49 boys and girls came to school one last time dressed as every RCDS graduate before them — in navy jackets, white slacks and ties for the boys, and beautiful, long white gowns for the girls — but this ceremony was the second time the Class of 2014 gathered as a group that day.
Earlier that morning, the boys and girls participated in the annual Class Day, a longstanding and much anticipated tradition where RCDS students come to school on the last day dressed in formal dress code. Students were seated by class grade in the gymnasium with eighth graders being in the first row, seventh graders in the second, all the way to the Beginners (Kindergarten) in the last row. After a formal acknowledgement of their hard work by Headmaster Chad Small, each moved up a row to signify their promotion to the next grade. This year, Headmaster Small — who completes his final year at RCDS this month — became an honorary eighth grader and recessed down the center aisle for the last time. The school also honored (and surprised) Mr. Small with a moving video that celebrated his remarkable run as the school’s Head Gator for the past 25 years.