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Senior Chapel Celebrates the Class of 2019

A prayer book is imprinted with a unique, descriptive verb chosen for each senior.

On May 22 the entire Upper School gathered for the last weekly chapel service of the school year. This “Senior Chapel” is long anticipated and much loved by students. Every senior is called by name to approach the altar and receive a parting gift from the school—a leather-bound Book of Common Prayer with a hand-written prayer for them and signatures from the Chaplain and Mrs. Adams. Each prayer book is also imprinted with a unique, descriptive verb chosen for each student. Underclassmen watch this “verb tradition” each year and eagerly wait for their turn to hear a personally chosen verb when they are seniors.

Since this tradition began in 2003, Upper School faculty along with the school chaplains have fun brainstorming individual verbs for each twelfth grade Saint during the last few weeks of classes to be read at the final chapel of the year.
“Hebrew scriptures remind us that God knows how many hairs are on the heads of all of us, establishing that to love our students means finding ways to show them that we are trying to know them as well as we can,” said The Rev. Sean Cavanaugh, JK-12 Chaplain & Religion Department Chair. “Giving the senior verbs each year is our way of showing every student that we are gratefully watching their lives unfold and rejoicing in the unique beauty of each child of God in our caring community.”
JK-12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia


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  • Lower School

    Grades: JK-5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304