The Wardlaw+Hartridge School held its 137th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, July 17 on the large field at the front of campus to allow for proper social distancing. The graduates were previously honored virtually in June with a Senior Ovation ceremony.
Wearing face coverings, the seniors followed the W+H faculty, administration and trustees in a single file procession to begin the ceremony, which marked the first time the school community joined together since March 12.
The program began with the Star-Spangled Banner and a welcome from Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head. Dr. Bowman's message included three wishes for the graduates – wisdom, patience and trust.
Senior class president Ricardo Garces, Jr. '20 delivered an inspiring speech during which he addressed the many problems his generation is facing and encouraged his peers to make a difference in the world. Andrew Webster, Head of School, delivered his Charge to the Class of 2020 and Robert Rizzo '89, Board of Trustees President, provided greetings and best wishes during his remarks.
Chris Teare, Director of College Counseling, announced the names of all 58 graduates. Each of the 48 seniors in attendance posed for a photo with Mr. Webster and after all received their diplomas, they tossed their caps in the air with jubilation.