(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Bethesda Academy, the oldest child-care institution in the United States and an independent private day school for boys in grades six through twelve, culminated the Class of 2024’s academic journey with a time-honored tradition – the Reflection Walk – followed by an outdoor commencement ceremony held on the school’s historic campus.

Before the ceremony, graduates participated in the Reflection Walk, a cherished tradition where they strolled across campus with faculty and staff. This symbolic walk allowed them to pause at significant buildings and outdoor spaces that held special meaning during their Bethesda Academy years. It was a moment for reminiscing, sharing memories, and acknowledging the experiences that shaped their personal growth and maturity.

The Reflection Walk preceded the official graduation ceremony, where the Class of 2024 was recognized for their achievements. This momentous occasion signified the culmination of their academic journey at Bethesda Academy and their transition to the exciting possibilities that lay ahead.

This year’s graduating class was a diverse and accomplished group, with members pursuing their academic dreams at a variety of colleges and universities across the country. From Alabama A & M University to the University of West Georgia, these young men were prepared to excel in their chosen fields. A complete list of colleges and universities was available upon request.

Dr. Michael Hughes (left) and the 21 seniors from the Class of 2024 at Bethesda Academy’s graduation ceremony.

Bethesda Academy’s Class of 2024 participating in the Reflection Walk tradition.

As Bethesda Academy celebrated the Class of 2024, the school also bid farewell to a beloved leader – Dr. Michael Hughes, who retired after serving as President for eight years.

Dr. Hughes reflected on this momentous occasion, “It is with a mix of emotions that I witness the graduation of the Class of 2024. These young men have grown tremendously during their time at Bethesda Academy, and I am incredibly proud of their achievements. This ceremony also marks the end of my own tenure as President. It has been an honor to lead this exceptional institution and witness the positive impact we have on these young minds.”

Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is an independent private day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and cattle program and a college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC