OBHS Celebrates Seniors' College Choices
College Commitment Day, a day when countless high school seniors celebrate their college choices and share in their excitement for what lies ahead of them after graduation, has been extended by some colleges from May 1 to June 1 to give families more time to make a decision due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Oyster Bay High School has taken to social media to celebrate seniors and mark their college decisions as they are made.
“The Counseling Department created an Instagram page at ob_counseling_center to connect with students and families and celebrate our students’ college choices,” said Ms. Sabrina Meehan, Supervisor of Counseling Services. “We have been posting photos of students in their college shirts, with their acceptance letters and with their families as we receive them.”
Seniors will also be recognized on the District website and social media sites. Another video will be made as more students make their college choices.
“While we are apart, we want to recognize the hard work and achievements of our senior class and inspire underclassman to work hard so they, too, can achieve their college goals,” Ms. Meehan said. “While our in-school event typically sparked conversations between students and faculty about college life, we hope that social media will drive families to have conversations about college planning with their children.”
While decisions are still coming in, members of the Class of 2020 have so far been accepted to many highly selective institutions including, Carnegie Melon University, the College of William and Mary, Cornell University, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Tulane University, University of California Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles, University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, University of Richmond, University of Virginia, Wellesley College, Vanderbilt University, and Villanova University, just to name a few.
Several students will be playing collegiate sports at institutions such as American University, Elmira College, Keiser University, Princeton University, St. Joseph’s College, and Southern Connecticut State University. Others will be honing their creative talents in the arts at Belmont University, the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Dean College, and Five Towns College. Some soon-to-be graduates will venture to different parts of the country, such as California, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Alabama, Tennessee and Indiana, while others will attend state universities as well as schools in New York City, Long Island and along the east coast.
Ninety-seven percent of students in the senior class have applied to college. A small number of students are expected to pursue a trade or enter the workforce.