St. Andrew's held its 89th annual Commencement ceremony on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, capping off a week of festivities that honored and celebrated students in the Class of 2022.
ChristianaCare CEO Janice Nevin ’77 P’13 delivered the Commencement keynote on how to stay afloat when life takes turns you don’t expect.
““So often, things don’t go as expected,” she said. “No doubt you had expectations of your time at SAS when you first arrived on campus. I can say with absolute confidence that COVID affected your experience in ways you never imagined—and, given the option, you would not have chosen to spend your last three years here dealing with a pandemic… But the fact of the matter is, you didn’t get to choose. Commencement speeches are often filled with advice meant to inspire, creating expectations: ‘follow your passion’—‘everything is possible’—‘choose your own adventure’… and the most famous line from Dead Poets Society: ‘carpe diem’—‘seize the day.’ But what Robin Williams doesn’t say is that you can’t always choose the day you need to seize. In other words, there are times when the adventure chooses you.”
You can read Nevin’s talk in full here.
During the ceremony, members of the Class of 2022 were also recognized with the following awards:
Christopher Wilson Award and Scholarship, given by his parents in memory of Christopher Edward Wilson '99. The award recognizes seniors who best embody Chris' virtues and personal qualities: a love of St. Andrew's, a quiet and authentic appreciation of life, friendship, and community; a devotion to service and to children; and a kind and generous spirit. Presented to Adelaide Dixon ’22.
The Cristin C. Duprey Diversity and Inclusivity Award, given in memory of Cristin C. Duprey '04, to the VI Former who has provided exceptional service in the cultivation of a diverse and inclusive St. Andrew's School community. Presented to Sonal Bhatia ’22, Aunyae Romeo ’22, and Jake Kelly ’22.
The Jonathan B. O'Brien Head of School Award celebrates the brilliant and courageous leadership and vision of St. Andrew's third Headmaster Jonathan O'Brien, who led the School from 1977 to 1997, and who passed away earlier this spring. The award recognizes seniors who contribute to the ethos of the School with integrity, generosity, humanity and love. Presented to Aunyae Romeo ’22 and Liam Hurtt ’22.
The Fine Arts Award, given to the student who has made the greatest contribution in the fine arts and demonstrated a depth and quality of talent that demands our recognition. Presented to Jake Pellechia ’22.
The Henry Prize, awarded to the VI Form boys and girls who have been of the greatest service to athletics. It recognizes not only personal athletic skill, but also service to the teams of which the students were members. Presented to Allaire Berl ’22, Phineas Hunt ’22, and Brandon Graves ’22.
The King Prize, awarded to the leading scholar during the VI Form year. Presented to Tracy Yuan ’22.
The Founder's Medal, awarded to the scholar in the graduating class who, during his or her career at St. Andrew's, has achieved the best academic record in the Form. Presented to Tracy Yuan ’22.
The William H. Cameron Award, given to the VI Form boy and girl who have performed outstanding service to the School. Presented to Sonal Bhatia ’22 and Jake Kelly ’22.
St. Andrew's Cross, given in honor of the late Bishop Cook of Delaware, who was associated with the founding of the School, in recognition of the student whose contribution to the School has been distinguished for Christian qualities of concern for others, humility, and high principle. Presented to Zhenia Khalabadzhakh ’22.
A full list of student awards granted at the close of the 2021-22 school year will be printed in an upcoming issue of the St. Andrew’s Magazine. You can watch both Awards Night and Commencement in their entirety on St. Andrew’s YouTube channel here and here, respectively.