Pingry's 157th Commencement Exercises on June 10 were marked by thoughtful words from students, faculty, and administrators. Here are a few, featured excerpts, followed by a slideshow of memorable moments.
Pingry at a Glance
Pingry is a co-ed independent day school in Short Hills and Basking Ridge, New Jersey, of over 1,100 students, all guided by our historic Honor Code.
Pingry is one school on two campuses!
Short Hills: 28 acres and a completely renovated, modernized home for ~290 students in Grades K-5
Basking Ridge: 192 acres, hosting our Middle School of ~270 students in Grades 6-8, and Upper School of ~570 students in Grades 9-12
Our average class size is:
16 students in each of our warm, inviting Lower School classrooms
14 students in each of our energized, curious Middle School classrooms
13 students in each of our lively, engaged Upper School classrooms
99 different communities in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania are represented at Pingry.
Our student body includes 48% students of color, K-12.
74% of Pingry faculty members have earned a master’s degree or higher, and 17 of our teachers have earned doctorates.
25 current faculty members have taught at Pingry for 25 years or more, a special distinction we call "Magistri Laudandi."
Pingry offers tuition assistance (need-based financial aid and employee remission), with more than $5.7 million awarded in 2016-2017 to 16% of the student body.
The size of Pingry’s endowment is approximately $93 million.
One way the community shows its support is through our annual fund, The Pingry Fund, which reached $2.8 million in gifts from approximately 2,500 donors last year.
Pingry is full of neat spaces! For example, our Short Hills Campus features:
a fully remodeled building that includes grade-specific collaboration spaces, a STEAM neighborhood, Makerspace, dedicated instructional spaces for studio art, drama, and music, full-sized gym, state-of-the-art playground, outdoor athletics fields, and a campus garden. Come see for yourself, or take our virtual tour!
Pingry is full of neat spaces! For example, our Basking Ridge Campus features:
Student and faculty collaboration spaces, state-of-the-art science labs, an arts center including a 240-seat theater, a 45,000 square foot multi-sport athletics center, pool, and on-campus nature trail and campsite. Come see for yourself, or take our virtual tour!
In the last 5 years, Pingry has averaged 2 winners, 10 finalists, 10 semifinalists, and 36 commended students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Big Blue, a navy blue bear, is the official Pingry mascot.
The Basking Ridge Campus claims one four-legged employee: Finn, the dog. Finn is a Border Collie trained to chase geese off of Pingry's athletics fields. When he is not working, he bonds (and lives) with members of the faculty and staff.
We're not just a school - we're a brand! The Pingry School's trademark registrations include: "PINGRY," the "MAXIMA REVERENTIA PUERIS DEBETUR" seal, "EXCELLENCE AND HONOR," and "BIG BLUE SUMMER." Non permitted use of Pingry’s name or any likeness of Pingry’s name, seal or logo in production of a good or service, or to describe any event, outing, club, sports team, group or other activity is forbidden.