The Linsly School Celebrated Senior Tradition
WHEELING – It has been more than eight weeks since members of Linsly’s graduating Class of 2020 have been on campus, but Linsly seniors had the opportunity on Wednesday to return in small groups to continue the tradition of senior brick-laying and shirt-signing.
While many of the events traditionally planned for “Senior Week”, had to be canceled due to COVID-19, including a trip to Kennywood Amusement Park, white water rafting and prom, administrators and faculty at Linsly were determined to find a safe way to maintain a few of the most important traditions for our Linsly seniors, including the laying of their senior bricks, as well as to introduce a new way to honor seniors in the era of social distancing.
The tradition of the Linsly senior bricks dates back to the early 2000’s, where each senior sets a brick on the Linsly campus with his or her name and graduation year. As the seniors lay their bricks, they leave a small piece of themselves on the campus that will always be their home.
When alumni return to campus for reunion, they often enjoy going back to find their brick and reminisce about their Linsly experience.
“Everyone wishes that things would be different right now, and that normalcy would return to everyday life. Yet, that isn’t reality. At Linsly, we have decided that we are going to do everything we can to make the best of this situation for our seniors,” explained Linsly Head of School Justin Zimmerman. “We are going to honor those traditions that we can safely conduct right now, and we are finding new ways to celebrate the successes of the Class of 2020. In some ways, the celebrations for the seniors are just now beginning at Linsly. This class will forever be remembered and honored for what they are experiencing right now. I hope that this unfortunate experience, and what they have lost, will forever remind them of what is truly important at Linsly and in life. We are reminded now, more than at any other time in my life, just how important it is to be a good friend, to be kind, to positively contribute to a community or team, and to help those around you. In all reality, because of what this class has gone through, their bonds should be forged so deep, that they never lose touch. This is my hope for them” he added.
In addition to laying the senior bricks, Linsly scheduled a senior parade to honor the Class of 2020 on Wednesday evening. Seniors and their families were scheduled to parade through campus.
The 78 members of the Class of 2020 will graduate in the school’s 206th Commencement Ceremony, which has been postponed until Saturday, July 25 in an outdoor ceremony on campus, with a rain date of Sunday, July 26.
While many of Linsly’s international boarding seniors will not be able to return to campus for the ceremony, the school plans to include a virtual component to the graduation ceremony so that every member of the Class of 2020 can participate.