We celebrated our graduating seniors with a Commencement Dinner June 5 in The Walker Center for the Arts. Our 65 seniors and their families were welcomed by Head of School Bill Knauer who reflected on his time spent with his second graduating class since coming to Harvey. Through co-teaching a Senior Bridge class, he has come to know this group of seniors well, noting they are “smart, creative, athletic, artistic, and a pleasure to work with.” Mr. Knauer touched on the seniors’ many wonderful traits, with kindness being their most appreciated trait, and he emphasized that “kind will take them far.”
Head of Upper School Phil Lazzaro spoke throughout his “favorite night of the year” and took a moment to thank Student Council co-Presidents Ben Kabakow '18 and Coy Treat '18 for their leadership this year. Alumni Association President Dan Chapman ‘73 encouraged the graduates to “stay in touch with friends and faculty” and continue to support the school that has helped shape them into the individuals they are today.
Senior Class Parents Cyndi Mallon, Jennifer Powell-Lunder, and Laura Dahm presented the Senior Gift of $108,000 to Mr. Knauer which will benefit Harvey’s endowment for Financial Aid and also fund the transformation of the Study Hall. The senior class helped design the space and select furniture. We hope they will all return to campus often to see the new Study Hall in the 2018-19 school year.
The student speech was given by Nikkita Johnson ‘18, highlighting the growth all the seniors have experienced throughout their time at Harvey. The faculty speaker and 2018 Cavalier Yearbook dedication recipient, Assistant Head of School Dick Wyland, used his great wit to share some wisdom and fond remembrances with our seniors. The Harvey School Chorus sang a lovely rendition of “Blackbird” by Paul McCartney, accompanied by Jimmy Jackson '18 on guitar.
Our seniors now excitedly await Commencement on Thursday, June 7.