(May 29, 2015) Forty-seven seniors graduated from Worcester Preparatory during the school’s 43rd annual commencement ceremony last Friday in Berlin.
The Worcester Prep students are on their way to 29 colleges in 15 states and have received 197 scholarships totaling more than $6 million, Headmaster Barry Tull said.
Tull named Erik Zorn salutatorian for his GPA of 98.47 and Natalie Twilley valedictorian for her 99.34 GPA.
“I’ve enjoyed spending time with all of you, and on behalf of everyone, I wish you success and happiness,” Tull added.
The Upper School chorus, which included about 18 graduates, performed “Man in the Mirror” during the ceremony.
Commencement speaker Steven Salvatore, a Worcester Prep alumni and assistant director at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, began his speech by praising the teachers of Worcester Prep and said how they will leave a lasting impact on the graduates.
He encouraged graduates to enjoy every step of their futures and to follow their dreams.
“You have joined the exclusive club of Worcester Prep graduates, don’t forget to make us proud,” Salvatore said. “Time is going to fly by, it’s hard to believe 16 years ago I was sitting where you are now. Enjoy every step of your future career, every step is unique and interesting in its own way. Keep your mind open to new things and paths. Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, some risks open doors…”
Class President Christopher Choy delivered a farewell address to students during the ceremony and started off his speech the same way as Salvatore, by thanking all Worcester Prep staff, from the teachers to custodians.
“Although we chartered our own path, I thank those of you who made this journey possible by providing us with your wisdom,” Choy said.
He thanked his fellow classmates for being “awesome” and told them he will treasure the memories they have made throughout the years.
“No one I’d rather of gone on this journey with but you,” Choy said.
He concluded his speech by encouraging the class of 2015 to strive for excellence, chance their dreams, be themselves and achieve their own success.
“You are on the right track, embarking on the journey, ready to go forward and I congratulate you,” Board of Trustees President Charles Jenkins said to the graduates.