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Commencement 2024

Seventy-one members of the Harvey Class of 2024 donned caps and gowns June 6, ready to cross the stage, receive their diplomas, and move their tassels from right to left to signify they are now graduates. Family, friends, administration, trustees, faculty, and staff gathered in Fenstermacher Athletic Center on the Harvey campus to recognize the graduates' achievements and help mark this significant milestone in every student's educational journey.

"Today is a day of celebration, reflection, and anticipation," said Head of School Bill Knauer. "In your time at Harvey, you have experienced spectacular successes and overcome daunting challenges. You have grown and evolved and progressed in ways that are truly inspiring. Today, we mark the end of one chapter and the beginning of another," he said. "May your journey be filled with courage, discovery, and joy."

The Upper School Chorus sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" in perfect harmony. A short time later, Harvey Chorus seniors Chloé Ramsey Lavoie, Iva Hadži-Mihailović, and Carina Weksel sang "No One Is Alone" by Stephen Sondheim.

Co-valedictorians Iliana Hellinger '24 and Wesley Elkind '24 each stood at the podium to share their thoughts and feelings with their fellow classmates.

"We have overcome many obstacles. Especially COVID and online learning," said Iliana. "We persevered, we are here, we made it! We learned to handle hard better!"  She continued, "Let us never lose sight of our dreams and aspirations. And let us always strive to make a positive difference in the world."

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Wesley shared, "Life is what you make of it. Take those risks, roll with the punches. Don't be afraid to ask that person for their number. They might say no, but hey, it is what it is. Stand tall, be proud of yourself, and I hope you all live a life that is fulfilling and successful," he said, adding, "We can do difficult things, as we have proven in these last four years, and I cannot wait to see what we accomplish in the future."

Commencement speaker Dr. Nicole Wright '05, award-winning violinist, spoke to the students about leaving their "imprint on the world." "When you're passionate, you're always eager to learn and grow," Dr. Wright said. "You'll take on new challenges, learn more about yourself, and gain the confidence to handle tough times." Dr. Wright encouraged the graduates not to be deterred by rejection and to keep striving for what excites them in life. "My hope is to encourage you to use this next chapter of your life as a stepping stone toward leaving your mark," she said, adding, "You have a choice of how you want to start your journey to leave your dent in the world."

Seniors were recognized for awards in academics, the arts, and athletics by Head of Upper School Phil Lazzaro. Then, the moment came for the seniors to receive their diplomas which they did to a chorus of applause and cheers from the audience. The Class of 2024 then rose to their feet to move their tassels symbolizing they are indeed graduates of The Harvey School, then toss their caps up into the air in celebration.

The graduates proceeded outside to walk down the sidewalk lined by their teachers, a moving tradition that captures their journey from students to beloved Harvey alumni. Congratulations, Harvey Class of 2024! Never stop being your very best in all you do!

Watch 2024 Commencement Ceremony

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Dr. Nicole Wright '05 

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Congratulations, Harvey Class of 2024!

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