The Class of 2017 has officially graduated! On Wednesday, May 24 seventy high school seniors lined up in caps and gowns ready to start a new chapter. Entering the First Church of Christ, Scientist at West 68th Street and Central Park West, they were eager to graduate.
The commencement ceremony began with a fun slideshow of senior photos as friends, family and faculty all took their seats. Pomp and Circumstance played as a sea of royal blue marched in to take their seats. Then Matthew Chatzinoff welcomed the audience to York Prep’s 47th Commencement Exercises. Masters of Ceremony, Anna Reynolds and Maxwell Nusbaum, told jokes about the Class of 2017, introducing administrators in turns. National Honor Society members were presented with certificates while award winners and Scholars Program students were recognized for their achievements.
Eventually, Mr. Stewart took the stage to give his heartfelt Headmaster’s Farewell. He wished them every future success and encouraged them to “fly free.” With that rather touching sentiment, the Class of 2017 received their diplomas. Amid applause and enthusiastic cheering, each senior shook Mr. Stewart’s hand and smiled at the cameras as they crossed the stage. This year’s special guest speaker, actress Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles, Secret Life of the American Teenager), gave her advice to the graduates as well.
Finally, Victoria Laboz stood at the podium to deliver the closing address, ushering her fellow classmates into the next chapter of their lives. Following the ceremony, families gathered on the steps of the church for photos to commemorate the event. Many retired to the school for a lovely reception in the gymnasium, complete with light refreshments. Students indulged in this final opportunity to say their goodbyes to teachers and friends and a building that has been like a second home.
You can see a full list of the 2017 College Acceptances here.