Wooster School held its Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 10 to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2022. These seniors join more than 3,000 alumni who have graduated since Wooster's founding in 1926.
Vice-President of the Wooster School Board of Trustees, Jennifer Wadehra offered kind words to Wooster's soon-to-be graduates. "Graduates, you have shown that you are truly kind and generous. As a class, you excelled in academics, arts, sports and service. Let's pause for a minute and remember again how challenging the last few years have been. Maybe the struggles are top of mind. That's understandable too. Yet today, you are here, and you navigated the unknown, the losses and the changes - all while expected to learn, mature, have fun and plan for your future. Please know, that's a lot and it's more than enough. We celebrate every one of you."
Class orator Cole Breen '22 delivered some heartfelt remarks. "The idea of shared values and knowing you are a part of something bigger than yourself is invaluable. Wooster is a small school, but we are big in the way that matters - friendship, empathy, respect, challenging oneself, and the ability to communicate one's thoughts, feelings, and ideas effectively are just some of the many skills that a Wooster student learns over their four or more years." Breen added, "We build community not only by caring and talking with one another, but by our common identity. Some of us have been here since kindergarten, others since middle school, and even more who have come over the past few years. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter when or where we came from, it matters where we all arrived...Wooster School."
Before the seniors received their diplomas, Head of School Matt Byrnes spoke to the graduating class. "Questions are essential, because they demand answers. Good answers are hard to come by and require thinking, and discussion, and listening. The big, personal and existential questions require the most work – and that isn't a bad thing." Byrnes added, "The more questions I ask, the more I read, the more I listen, and the more I learn, the more I need to know. The more I want to know. But that's what I would call a virtuous cycle to be in. And the interactions which will best shape your existence and define who you are are those with the people whom you love. Your family, and your friends. Those are the interactions that will create the matter of your life, the perceptible reality. Through them, purpose and meaning emerge and evolve. Your work, your passions, your experiences, they will all contribute – they'll help to round out your sense of what you are for, but it is the love you share with others – your vulnerability, your generosity, your courage, your forgiveness in relationships – that will get you closer to understanding yourself and your purpose in this life."
Congratulations to the Great Class of 2022 for all of their accomplishments!
Wooster School Class of 2022