The Class of 2016 celebrated high school commencement on May 22, 2016, with family and friends in a packed TJ Concert Hall. Noah Wells delivered the valedictory address, Edward Hershewe presented the class gift to the school, and the seniors performed a musical number together. Ms. Kathy Liu is a member of TJ’s Class of 2000, and she delivered the commencement address yesterday. She was valedictorian of her class, a National Merit Scholar, and she pioneered many of the activities that make TJ’s program special. She was one of four students on TJ’s first girls tennis team, one of three students in TJ’s first vocal ensemble, and was a member of the first team from TJ to compete at the state level in scholar bowl. She has been involved in performing arts since leaving TJ, and is deputy director for major gifts at the The Metropolitan Opera, in New York — the largest arts organization in the world. The Class of 2016 has an average ACT composite score of 28, and earned more than $3,900,000 in merit-based scholarship offers. Photos from the Class of 2016 celebration are available here.
Through a dedication to academic excellence, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School stands accountable for educating students to make the most of their abilities. The School educates students to acquire and refine essential academic knowledge and skills; cultivate an appreciation of the arts;
develop lifelong fitness skills; assume responsibility for their behavior; seek out challenge, welcome criticism, test new capacities; practice self-discipline; and find joy in learning. The school brings students together with teachers who exemplify intellectual curiosity, a dedication to truth, and the advantages of living the examined life.