Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School celebrated its 173rd Baccalaureate and Commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, as 131 seniors from five states in the United States and 14 other countries completed their high school educations.
On Sunday, May 28 at 1 p. m., Sem held its Commencement exercises on the Back Campus on North Maple Avenue, Kingston. Grace Leahy of Wilkes-Barre gave the student address.
Other students who participated in the program included graduating seniors Quang Phan, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Abigail Straub, Bear Creek; and Paige Allen, Mountain Top. Kiran Sharma, a junior from Mt. Bethel and president of the Class of 2018, rang the school’s Cokesbury Bell. The Bell Tower Brass performed music by Purcell, Gabrielli, da Palestrina, Guy and Lully.
Randolph Granger, Academic Dean and social sciences faculty member at Sem, gave the charge to the graduates. In his speech Granger encouraged the students to continue to be effective, positive role models for their future peers, to be patient and kind when confronting challenges and to celebrate the many small joys of life.
In her address to the graduates, Leahy reflected on the achievements of the class and encouraged her fellow graduates to revel in small victories, work to turn problems into benefits, choose to be grateful and search for the good in others and in life.
Kevin P. Rea, Wyoming Seminary president, presented awards while Board of Trustees Chair Richard M. Goldberg ’55, Esq. awarded diplomas.
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, Kingston.
Dr. John C. Bravman, president of Bucknell University, delivered the Baccalaureate address. The Rev. Charles Carrick, Sem chaplain, led the service.
Seniors Avery Conyngham of Shavertown, Jared Piatnik of Bethel, Conn., and Anderson Roy Phillips of Scranton read lessons from the Bible; Cantor Ahron Abraham, a member of the Sem faculty, presented a pastoral prayer and senior Elizabeth Abraham of Kingston gave the benediction.
Members of the Wyoming Seminary Chorale performed, directed by Sem Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair John M. Vaida and accompanied by Canon Mark Laubach, organist and choirmaster at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre.