US Scholars Inducted Into Cum Laude Society

The 11th annual Cum Laude Society induction ceremony took place the morning of April 25 in Benjamin Hall, recognizing academic excellence and scholastic achievement at the high school level. 

Founded in 1906, the Cum Laude Society has since become a globally recognized symbol of academic distinction, with only 400 schools worldwide boasting membership. The Benjamin School stands as a proud member.

“With 382 chapters worldwide, 95% of which are situated within some of the most esteemed independent schools globally, membership in this esteemed society is universally understood as a mark of unparalleled distinction,” said Head of Upper School Fletcher Carr in opening remarks. 

Carr said this year’s ceremony held special significance as it welcomed not only the top scholars from the graduating class but also inaugurated the first class of junior scholars. 

Academic Dean Caroline Guzman provided an induction address in which she reminded students that the occasion was not merely about academic achievement, but about the legacy each student leaves behind. 

“Think about the mark that you’ve already left in this world and the mark that you’ll make with each new chapter of your life,” she said. 

“Certainly if you’re on this stage you will be remembered for your intelligence, but is that the only version of you that you would like to leave behind? Will your friends remember you as someone who always answered the phone when they called? Could you always be counted on to help with homework or were you the person who always made others feel welcome? Will your teachers remember you as kind? The little things in life each day certainly matter and the big ones will too,” Guzman said. 

Head of School Dave Faus helped welcome new members into the society as each inductee was presented with a Cum Laude ribbon and pin to be proudly worn at commencement.

In his closing remarks, Mr. Faus expressed his pride in the students' accomplishments and gratitude for their unwavering dedication to upholding the school's mission. 

“Well done and thank you all for continuing to work, to strive, and to give of yourselves to help The Benjamin School grow and prosper,” he concluded. 

A premier PK3 - Grade 12 independent, coeducational day school with campuses in North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Since 1960, The Benjamin School has provided a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment.
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