EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison kicked off its 137th year with the annual Convocation Ceremony in Laidlaw Gym on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Lower and Middle School Students entered the gym with their teachers, smiling and eager to begin the new school year. The Upper School students marched in behind their respective class flags and were accompanied by their advisors. 

The Class of 2020, this year's seniors, made a grand entrance for their final Convocation ceremony. Class president Ricardo Garces of North Brunswick and vice president Logan D’Amore of Scotch Plains led the senior class into Laidlaw Gym. AJ Massaro of South Plainfield, the school’s Student Council President, led the W+H student body in the Pledge of Allegiance and MadJazz joined selected W+H students to sing America the Beautiful

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Andrew Webster of Edison, Head of School, welcomed the students, faculty, staff and parents to the ceremony. Mr. Webster challenged the students, from PreK through Grade 12, to find ways to bring out the best in others.  Rob Rizzo of Scotch Plains, the President of the Board of Trustees, spoke about how the school instills and fosters a love of learning in its students. AJ Massaro delivered a meaningful speech in which he encouraged students to be comfortable trying new things in a safe and caring school environment. Mr. Webster concluded the program by wishing everyone a wonderful school year.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, 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.