The Harvey Middle School saluted the 38 eighth-graders who gathered Wednesday night, June 7, for the final time as classmates this year.
Following the traditional opening of the ceremony with the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance,” Middle School Head Dr. Brendan Byrne offered opening remarks before introducing Head of School William Knauer who welcomed family, friends and faculty. Mr. Knauer described the event as a ceremony which signifies that the Class of 2021 is"stepping up and ready to embrace the future." Current school trustee and alumni parent Elizabeth Schwartz delivered the keynote address, congratulating them for achieving "this great milestone of moving up from the Middle School." She offered the class advice to help them navigate their futures: ask for help if you need it, learn some lifelong skills along the way, follow the dictates of your heart, make the best out of bad situations, seize every opportunity and don't be distracted from doing what you need to do to be successful.
After the prizes were awarded and diplomas handed out, Dr. Byrne wrapped up the ceremony by recalling several memorable moments involving some individuals and the class as a whole. Fresh in everyone's memory was the eighth-grade trip to Philadelphia, made especially memorable by a long delay on the way home at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike caused by a bus breakdown. Dr. Byrne applauded the class for how well they handled the lengthy delay.
Following the ceremony the class gathered in the gallery for fresh-baked cookies and ice-cold lemonade, joined by their family, friends and faculty as hugs and handshakes were the order of the evening.