On June 10, 63 seniors graduated from The Baldwin School as the 133rd graduating class. These seniors earned 248 acceptances to 149 colleges and universities. More than 75 percent were admitted to their top choice schools.
The class speaker for the 2021 commencement ceremony was Ava Olson ’21. Miss Olson, who was elected by her peers, delivered her speech on June 10 at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. She spoke to her classmates, saying “I challenge us to redefine the word ‘success.’ As we start thinking more seriously about our futures, I hope that we can remember our positive approach to unfortunate situations. I hope we can use our experiences ¾ the good, the bad and the ugly ¾ to remind ourselves that one day, we will look back on our ‘failures’ and see them as mere memories, not mistakes. I hope that we can prioritize our well-being ¾ take a day off, breathe deeply, appreciate our lives ¾ because we no longer act out of the fear of failing. Because, in reality, failure shouldn’t be feared. If there’s anything our [Baldwin] years have taught us, it’s that failures are just successes waiting to happen.”
This year's commencement keynote speaker was Baldwin alumna Dr. Florencia Greer Polite '93, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and chief of the division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Polite encouraged this next generation to address the systemic and institutional privileges that lead to disparities. “You have the power to break down barriers and create real equity,” she told them. “I know the power of my voice and how to use it – and that comes from Baldwin. I want these young women to know that they have the same power. The lessons they’ve learned at Baldwin can have a tremendous ripple effect when they are put into practice.” As she told the class of 2021 at the conclusion of her address, “You are Baldwin graduates, you are poised to break the glass ceilings ... the world is waiting for you.”
Facts about The Baldwin School Class of 2021:
50% of the class were offered admission to the most highly selective schools including Cornell, Duke, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, Swarthmore and Vanderbilt, among others.
Class average SAT scores were 185 points above the national average.
Fourteen students have committed to play college athletics at the following schools: New York University, Rowing; George Washington University, Rowing; Tufts University, Squash; Franklin & Marshall College, Tennis; Wesleyan University, Rowing; Williams College, Squash; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Field Hockey and Rowing; United States Military Academy, Diving; Cornell University, Gymnastics; University of Pennsylvania, Squash; Siena College, Basketball; Haverford College, Softball; Harvey Mudd College, Soccer.
21% of the class has attended Baldwin since Kindergarten.
The Class of 2021 earned more than $1.8 million in merit scholarships.
See the Commencement video here. See photos from Commencement here.