EDISON, NJ -- The fifth graders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison moved up to Middle School during the Fifth Grade Virtual Moving Up Ceremony on Tuesday, June 9.

The program began with a “Now and Then” slideshow of images, followed by photos of the 26 graduates with their congratulatory yard signs and a wonderful rendition of “America the Beautiful” sung by Sarah Alves of Springfield and Julia Machado of Scotch Plains.

Andrew Webster, Head of School, saluted the 16 lifers in the class during his welcome remarks. Silvia Davis, Lower School Head, followed with her message, which concluded with a quote from Dr. Seuss reflecting the Lower School graduates are “off to great places.”

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Special additions to the virtual program included a series of throwback concert performances from the students in their younger years, and inspirational words from fifth-grade teachers Tim Head and Liz Schultz. 

Fourth-grade teacher Ellen Ritz read the names of the graduates as they received their diplomas virtually.  The program concluded with a collage of photos set to music by Erin Maciorowski, Lower School STEM teacher.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.