Celebrating the Class of 2023 with Senior Send-Off


Seniors and their families, faculty and staff, as well as Grades 5-11 students gathered in Ruston Amphitheatre on Friday, May 12 for a bittersweet farewell assembly for our seniors. This special tradition takes place on the last day of classes for the Class of 2023 before they begin their senior projects. After the assembly, students met in the Upper School Quad for a class photo in front of the senior wall, which showcased more than 163 colleges and universities that accepted our seniors. 

Spanish Teacher Arturo Flores kicked off the assembly by highlighting meaningful experiences of growing and learning together followed by a guitar serenade. Next, Academic Advisor Al Silva shared advice with the students and a mantra on how to show kindness to themselves and others. Our Performing Arts Chair Dana Caldwell then Inspired students with heartfelt remarks and reflections on their growth throughout their Laguna journey.

Head of Upper School Melissa Alkire was also honored by her advisees and was given a well-deserved standing ovation as she concludes her time at Laguna. Ms. Alkire started this Senior Send-Off tradition which will remain a part of her Laguna legacy. 

The students have now embarked on their senior projects. We look forward to celebrating their achievements at the 89th Commencement Ceremony on June 14!
Laguna Blanca is Santa Barbara’s premier private, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students in Early Kindergarten through Grade 12.