Grace, Laughter and Hope: The Graduating Class of 2021
McCallie Communications Office


The 116th graduating class of McCallie received diplomas in Spears Stadium on May 16. Head of School Lee Burns thanked the Class of 2021 for their service, leadership, resilience, and positive attitude during one of the most unique and challenging years in McCallie’s storied history.


Lee Burns '87 with a graduate


The society and world you are inheriting are full of fractures and flaws, and your leadership, if it is filled with and fueled by truth and grace, can bring hope and healing and wholeness out of hardship and heartbreak. – A. Lee Burns III '87, Head of School



Kenny Sholl congratulates a graduate



When we think of your class, we will remember young men who were selfless and wise beyond your years, givers of unconditional love, happiness, support ... courageous, yet vulnerable and even a bit irascible. – Kenny Sholl, Assistant Head of School



Graduates in the audience

Graduates listen intently to speakers. 


Daniel Jeong '21



The Ridge has been a place where we can laugh, cry, and grow. It is a home away from home, a second family. We've lived in a safe haven of sorts ... and what's best is that if we fall short, there's always someone who's happy to pick up the pieces, whether it's a teacher, coach, or friend. – Daniel Jeong, Class of 2021 Valedictorian



Graduates pose with their diplomas

Graduates pose with their diplomas.



Jim Ruffin '80 speaks at graduation



Reaching the final station isn't the most important thing. The true joy we find in life comes from the journey. So don't let your quest for achievement along the way ever keep you from enjoying the ride. – Jim Ruffin '80, Chairman of the Board of Trustees


See more photos from graduation here