Gunston School’s new students arrive by boat
— The Gunston School held its annual embarkation ceremony Sept. 5., with all new students and faculty arriving on their first day to campus by boat.
As a 107-year-old school, Gunston has many traditions, but few are as meaningful as embarkation, a news release from the private school in Centreville states.
Gunston’s 64 new students and seven new faculty and staff members departed from the Centreville Wharf Sept. 5, traveled down the Corsica River and arrived at the school’s waterfront, where they were greeted by the school’s headmaster, John Lewis.
After shaking the headmaster’s hand, each student signed the school’s honor code, “Responsibilities of the Community,” then climbed the stairs of the embankment and proceeded to shake the hand of every member of the student body, faculty and administration.
“This ceremony is mean- ingful and symbolic,” Lewis said in his speech, “as it celebrates our unique connection to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and also celebrates our strong sense of community.”
Many of Gunston’s new parents were on hand to witness the event.
This year, Gunston — a coeducational college preparatory high school — is opening at a historically high enrollment of 195, and welcomed new students from Queen Anne’s, Kent, Talbot, Cecil, Caroline and Anne Arundel counties, as well as Delaware, the release states.
Gunston also welcomed a number of students from overseas, with students arriving this year from Switzerland, Japan and China.
“We’re excited to be welcoming such a large and talented class of new students, and with our largest enrollment, we are looking forward to a great year,” Lewis said.
Gunston School students take a boat ride to campus during the annual embarkation ceremony Sept. 5.