After months of adjusting to the challenges of the past year and showing resilience and perseverance during a global pandemic, the Class of 2021 celebrated with an outdoor Commencement ceremony on May 21, 2021. With family members sitting in pods in Belk Stadium and on the field to ensure health and safety precautions, students, parents, faculty, and administration enjoyed being together in person to honor our outstanding graduates. 

Memorable student speakers included Hall McCurdy, Lilah Peck, and Cal Benson. Upper School Math Teacher Darrell Bach received the Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award and Head of School Mark Reed received an honorary diploma.

Graduation Awards

Congratulations to the following students who were presented with top awards:

Top Scholar for the Year: Patrick Moore
Cumulative Top Scholar: Patrick Moore
Victora Ludorum: Kaia Putman
Athlete’s Cup: Russell Tabor
Emma Watts Pickens Classics Award: Lilah Peck
Mary Nicholson Goddard French Award: Patrick Moore
Suzanne Pardee Hynes Spanish Award: Adele Morris
Charlotte Country Day School Chinese Award: Joseph Forsythe 
Charlotte Country Day School German Award: Max Reuter
Mary Allen Todd English Award: Ellie Dixon
J. R. Williams History Award: Anjali Kapadia
Dolly S. Hickman Science Award: Charlie Gorelick
Charles Heisler Bodine, Jr. Mathematics Award: Jakob Humphrey
Outstanding Cultural Contribution Award: Lilah Peck
Katy McCanless Underwood Spirit Award: Hall McCurdy
Head of School’s Award: Laura Saavedra, Hall McCurdy
Senior of the Year: Cal Benson

Highlights of the Class of 2021

  • 127 students will attend 54 different colleges and universities in 22 different state and Washington, DC.
  • The Class was admitted to 168 different colleges and universities. See full list here.
  • 67% of the class will attend colleges and universities outside of North Carolina; 33% will attend colleges and universities in state.
  • 42% of the class will attend private universities; 58% will attend public institutions.
  • To date, the class has received nearly $10.6 million in scholarship offers based on academic, merit, athletic abilities, or special talents.

Scholarships and Special Opportunities

Academic accomplishments
  • Morehead-Cain Scholarship (7th recipient in 9 years)
  • Coca-Cola Scholarship (first Country Day recipient)
  • Chancellor’s Scholarship (Vanderbilt University)
  • United States Naval Academy
  • National Merit Scholar and three National Merit College Scholarships
Athletic accomplishments

Fifteen seniors will continue their sports careers with the following athletic programs:

Baseball: Swarthmore College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Austin College, UNC-Charlotte
Men’s Basketball: Sewanee: The University of the South, Pfeiffer University
Football: University of Richmond, UNC-Chapel Hill, Furman University
Men’s Golf: Elon University
Men’s Lacrosse: United States Naval Academy, Sewanee: The University of the South
Men’s Soccer: Calvin University
Women’s Track & Field: James Madison University
Women’s Volleyball: University of South Carolina Upstate