Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School celebrated its 175th baccalaureate and commencement on May 25-26, as 139 seniors from eight states in the United States and seven other countries completed their high school educations.
Jay Harvey, mathematics and history faculty member at Sem, gave the charge to the graduates during commencement exercises Sunday, May 26, on the back campus on North Maple Avenue, Kingston. In his speech, Harvey presented three main recommendations, or “charges,” encouraging the students to bring with them memories of all they had experienced while at Sem; to metaphorically “pack a bag” with all the happy and sad events, successes and failures, and friendships they had developed at school.
“Pack your bag wisely, live in this world from a position of strength, empathy and knowledge, and manifest gratitude as often as possible,” he said. “May you all go on to lead lives of truth, beauty and goodness. Congratulations on all you have accomplished under our care. We will miss you.”
Kevin P. Rea, Wyoming Seminary president, presented awards while Board of Trustees Chairman William E. Sordoni, ’93, awarded diplomas.
Dr. Andrea Nerozzi of Wyoming, chairwoman of the science department at Sem, received the Frances and Louis Maslow Upper School Teaching Award in recognition of her effective teaching, support of the academic program and ideals of the teaching and coaching profession and for her positive influence on the lives of the students. Nerozzi, who joined the science faculty in 1996, serves as a teacher of Advanced Placement (AP) environmental science as well as chemistry, biology and other science classes. She also is founder and director of the Science Research Group, a student organization that is recognized with awards on the district, regional and state level. She was the recipient of the 2008 Teaching Excellence Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. She also received the 2004 Northeastern Pennsylvania Environmental Council Partnership Award, in recognition of the community service she and her students performed in completing tree surveys for Wyoming, Forty Fort and West Pittston boroughs. Nerozzi’s group also worked in partnership with the Harveys Lake Environmental Council.
The day concluded with a reception for students and families on the back campus of the school on North Maple Avenue.
Baccalaureate services were held Saturday, May 25, in the Church of Christ Uniting, Market Street and Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Attorney Ida L. Castro, vice president for community engagement and chief diversity officer, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, delivered the baccalaureate address. The Rev. Charles Carrick, Wyoming Seminary chaplain, led the service.
Members of the Wyoming Seminary Chorale performed, directed by Sem Fine and Performing Arts Department Chairman John M. Vaida and accompanied by Canon Mark Laubach, organist and choirmaster at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre.