The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison officially opened the 2020-2021 school year with its 138th Convocation Ceremony. This year’s ceremony was held virtually in a webinar presented to the full W+H community.

The processional included members of the Upper School Student Council carrying their class flags, which were placed on the stage of the Berry Performing Arts Center. Student Council and Senior Class President Neil Shah of Edison led the Pledge of Allegianceand Sydney Racine of Piscataway sang America the Beautiful.

Andrew Webster of Edison, Head of School, provided welcome remarks, followed by a greeting from Dr. Ayesha Sitlani of Metuchen, the new President of the Board of Trustees. Neil delivered his speech, which encouraged his peers to be proud of themselves, smile and laugh, and step outside of their comfort zones. Mr. Webster followed by reading a book – What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada – in his closing remarks.

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. To take a virtual tour of the school, visit