EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison 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 of Scotch Plains, Upper School Head. Dr. Bowman’s message included three wishes for the graduates – wisdom, patience and trust.
Senior class president Ricardo Garces of North Brunswick 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 of Edison, Head of School, delivered his Charge to the Class of 2020 and Rob Rizzo of Scotch Plains, Board of Trustees President, provided greetings and best wishes during his remarks.
The graduates received their diplomas after Chris Teare of New York City, Director of College Counseling, announced their names. Each of the 52 graduates in attendance posed for a photo with Mr. Webster and after all received their diplomas, they tossed their caps in the air with jubilation.
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.