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Students in graduation

Mid-march, college acceptances were rolling in for the Class of 2020, but the work of the College Guidance team wasn’t nearly done. Once St. Benedict’s Prep transitioned to virtual learning due to COVID-19, Dean of College Guidance/Seniors Didier Jean-Baptiste ’86 and College Placement Counselor Jacob Drill split the senior class in half and began checking in with guys.

“There were lots and lots of Google Meets,” said Jean-Baptiste, noting that the team typically reviews acceptances and financial assistance packages to help graduating seniors make the smartest college decision. “[Before the pandemic], we were working so closely. Guys knew they were almost there, and continued the relationships they built and relied upon to see it through to the end.”

St. Benedict’s graduated 134 seniors in June, the largest class since the School re-opened in 1973. “We are confident that our seniors have landed at schools that are both a good academic fit and affordable, so that they will be challenged, but successful academically,” Jean-Baptiste said.

This fall, Gray Bees will begin their higher education careers at a range of colleges and universities that include Bowdoin College, Caldwell University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Haverford College, Lehigh University, Morehouse College, NJIT, Rutgers-New Brunswick, Rutgers-Newark, Saint John’s University, University of Notre Dame and Wesleyan University.

Read this story and more in the upcoming St. Benedict’s Summer Magazine, which should begin hitting homes soon.