Wyoming Seminary Upper School Holds Baccalaurate, Graduation

Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School celebrated its 170th Baccalaureate and Commencement on May 31 and June 1, as 120 seniors from 10 states in the United States and 10 other countries completed their high school educations.

On Sunday, June 1 at 1 p. m., Sem held its Commencement exercises on the Back Campus on North Maple Avenue, Kingston.

Mountain Top area members of the Class of 2014 are: Nada Bader, Mountain Top; Andrew Drewchin, White Haven; Jane Lloyd, Mountain Top; Connor Scalleat, Wapwallopen; Gray Smith, Mountain Top; Christina Thomas, Drums; Momina Zaman, Mountain Top; Jonathan Zirnheld, Mountain Top.

Students who participated in the program included graduating senior Nada Bader of Mountain Top.

Courtney Lewis, director of libraries and faculty member, gave the charge to the graduates. In her speech Lewis described Commencement as a wonderful opportunity to think about what it means to the students to see that they are the authors of their own life stories and that they can use that insight to move forward and grasp the lives they truly want to live.

Dr. Kip Nygren, Sem president, presented awards while Board of Trustees Chair Richard M. Goldberg ’55, Esq. awarded diplomas.

Steven Ris of Kingston, history teacher and chair of the Sem history department, received the prestigious Frances and Louis Maslow Upper School Teaching Award in recognition of his effective teaching, support of the academic program and ideals of the teaching profession and for his positive influence on the lives of the students. Ris, who joined Sem in 1999, also serves as advisor to the school’s award-winning Model United Nations team and has co-chaired the school’s PAIS re-accreditation self-study philosophy and mission committee and other noteworthy school committees.

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 in the Church of Christ Uniting, Market Street and Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Bishop Jeremiah Jungchan Park, resident bishop of the Harrisburg Area of the United Methodist Church, delivered the Baccalaureate address. The Rev. Charles Carrick led the service.

Members of the Wyoming Seminary Chorale performed, directed by Sem Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair John M. Vaida and accompanied by Anthony J. Kubasek, Sem director of instrumental music and member of the music faculty.