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A Homecoming at Harvey Commencement 2022

It was a wonderful weather day as the morning sun peeked through the clouds just in time to shine on the procession of the Class of 2022 who made their way from the Quad into the Fenstermacher Athletic Center for Harvey’s Commencement ceremony June 9.

Commencement 2022

Garbed in cap and gown, the graduates sat in great anticipation of the moment when Head of School Bill Knauer would have them shift their tassels from right to left, signifying their lives after Harvey had officially commenced. But there was pomp and circumstance to sit through first.

Senior Julia Nelson gave a beautiful rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and after Mr. Knauer's welcoming remarks, The Harvey Chorus performed "Seasons of Love / Finale B" from RENT by Jonathan Larson.

When Head of Upper School Phil Lazzaro introduced the guest speaker, up to the podium went someone who looked very much like she belonged among the graduates – the budding star of the big and small screen Annelise Cepero, Harvey Class of 2013, who just nine years earlier was commencing upon her own life after Harvey.

Annelise Cepero '13 commencement 2022 speaker

Sharing her story of hard work and dogged determination to find her way, first through Montclair State University’s musical theater program, and later in the world of entertainment, Annelise told the graduates she committed herself to being open to doing everything she could to grow in knowledge and experience. “Every day I’m learning and evolving,” she said. “Don’t close yourself off to learning, “ she advised. “Who you are now is different from who you’ll be in five years, 10, 20, 50 years from now.” Acknowledging that self-doubt too often came her way along her journey, she said she fought hard to overcome it. “Don’t be afraid to be wrong, and surround yourself with people who lift you up, who will inspire and support you during those moments of unclarity,” she told the graduates. “The path may not always be straight, but if it’s something that you love, stay the course. Believe in yourself, you got this!”

In the valedictory speech that followed, Giselle Groff told her fellow graduates, “Our paths will diverge at this point, but we all are on this road of becoming. We will sometimes flow where we may not have planned as life is unpredictable.”  She said, “I encourage you to embrace challenges and be patient. Remember, too, that it’s OK to start over and take an entirely new path. It is this flexibility that will keep us learning and growing.”

When all the speeches were concluded, prizes awarded, and diplomas handed out, it was time for the tassels to go from right to left. Moments after Mr. Knauer acknowledged them officially as graduates, high into the air went the caps, then cascading down upon a sea of hugging and high-fiving classmates whose family, friends, and faculty stood applauding, everyone smiling, and a few wiping a tear or two away.

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Valedictorian Giselle Groff

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The Harvey Chorus performs at Commencement 2022

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The cap toss!

Commencement 2022

 The Harvey School Class of 2022

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Cover of Harvey Magazine Spring 2022 issue

The Spring 2022 issue of Harvey Magazine celebrates the trajectories of our Harvey community, far and wide! Read about the career trajectories of Harvey alums, meet the Harvey College Guidance office, winters sports action, and more!

Annelise Cepero '13 commencement 2022 speaker

It was a wonderful weather day as the morning sun peeked through the clouds just in time to shine on the procession of the Class of 2022 who made their way from the Quad into the Fenstermacher Athletic Center for Harvey’s Commencement ceremony June 9.

spring 2022 student-athletes

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