Published: May 25, 2012 12:58 PM EDT
Updated: May 25, 2012 3:15 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. - The largest graduating class of Seacrest Country Day School is about to say goodbye, but not before the younger students get to bid farewell.  The 44 graduating seniors have been "adopted" by the 23 preschool through 8th grade classes.  This morning, the next generation of Stingray students got to honor the seniors with special cards to send them off to college.

This year's graduates had a unique senior experience as the high school classrooms had to be closed in late 2010.  For about a year, Upper school students at Seacrest Country Day had classes wherever they found space on campus.  As many of the "younger" students were able to see the "older" students on a daily basis, graduates this year say it gave them a greater appreciation for the community aspect of the school as a whole.  At the start of 2012, the Upper school finally moved into a new building of its own on campus.  The $1.5 million dollar building was built in just five months. 

More than 35 students in the Class of 2012 were offered merit or athletic scholarships.  Seven of the students will play sports in college, with students being accepted at some of the most selective school's in the country.  Also this year, the first Seacrest graduates, Class of 2008, are graduating from college.