Congrat­u­la­tions, Class of 2023!

May 19, 2023

Waverly Commu­nity Members, 

I want to offer a hearty congrat­u­la­tions to the Waverly School Senior Class of 2023! This group has been through many chal­lenges and emerged as crit­i­cal and essen­tial leaders of our school. In a couple short weeks we will be bidding them farewell during Waverly’s grad­u­a­tion exer­cises. Our senior class has achieved a lot during one of the most chal­leng­ing periods in our nation’s recent history. A pandemic and a funda­men­tal reeval­u­a­tion of our social fabric and race rela­tions under­pinned major shifts at Waverly. They lost many impor­tant people and have contin­u­ally sought to artic­u­late what Waverly means to them and what it can mean for others. The Waverly senior class is outspo­ken in the name of progres­sive educa­tion, outspo­ken in the name of social justice, and outspo­ken in the name of fun. They are a loud and irrev­er­ent bunch. Fun to be around and eager to show that they care. This is the thing I’ve picked up from them most: they care about Waverly and they want to make a difference. 

Our faculty is over­joyed for them as they reach grad­u­a­tion and sad for their depar­ture. During our recent senior retreat I expressed to them my sadness and my apology on behalf of the school that their time was marked by tremen­dous conflict and upset. I also promised to them that the faculty, admin­is­tra­tion, and board would do every­thing we can to make sure that our programs are robust, support­ive, and engag­ing and that our teach­ers are well supported. 

You can see from the college list below that our students have set their sights high and that they are poised to chal­lenge them­selves by attend­ing univer­si­ties and colleges that meet their indi­vid­ual needs and goals. The list includes all schools where Waverly students gained admis­sion and the bolded entries denote where they will attend. Each of these schools are readily iden­ti­fied as some of the best schools in our region and country. Our grad­u­ates have been offered excep­tional guid­ance and insight from their teach­ers, college coun­selor Elaine Lass, and their parents! Waverly has been and remains an excel­lent place that culti­vates curious, resource­ful, confi­dent learn­ers who demon­strate intel­lec­tual engage­ment, crit­i­cal and creative think­ing, respect for indi­vid­ual differ­ences, a strong aware­ness of personal respon­si­bil­ity, and an active commit­ment to social justice.” The grad­u­at­ing seniors have demon­strated this with clarity and bravery!

High school grad­u­a­tion will be held at 6:00 p.m. on June 2 in the quad at the Scar­bor­ough Family High School Campus. I hope you get the oppor­tu­nity to congrat­u­late our seniors in person or in spirit. I know they will carry forward the best of what Waverly has to offer, leave behind what doesn’t serve them, and help us learn from the chal­lenges of the recent years. I am honored to have worked with them and proud they will repre­sent Waverly in schools across the world. 

In commu­nity,

Clarke Weath­er­spoon

Waverly School Class of 2023 College List
Anna Maria College
Arizona State University
Assumption College
Azusa Pacific Univer­sity
Benning­ton College
Boston College
Cali­for­nia Insti­tute of the Arts
Cali­for­nia College of the Arts
Cali­for­nia Lutheran University
Cali­for­nia State Poly­tech­nic Insti­tute, Pomona
Cali­for­nia State Poly­tech­nic Insti­tute, San Luis Obispo
Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, Channel Islands
Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, Dominguez Hills
Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, Fullerton
Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, Long Beach
Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, Los Angeles
Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, Monterey Bay
Cali­for­nia State Univer­sity, Northridge
Carnegie Mellon University
Chico State Univer­sity
Colorado College
Dean College
DePaul University
Fordham University
George Washington University
Hofstra University
Howard University
Humboldt State Univer­sity
Johns Hopkins Univer­sity
Lewis & Clark University
Los Angeles College of Music
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Marist College
Mount Saint Mary’s University
The New School
New York Univer­sity, Shanghai
Oberlin College
Occi­den­tal College
Otis College of Art and Design
Pratt Institute
Rens­se­laer Polytechnic Institute
Rutgers Univer­sity
Sarah Lawrence College 
Seattle Univer­sity
Skid­more College
South­ern Cali­for­nia Insti­tute of Archi­tec­ture
Sonoma State University
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University
Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Davis
Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Los Angeles
Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Irvine
Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Riverside
Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, San Diego
Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Santa Cruz
Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Santa Barbara
Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Riverside
Univer­sity of Colorado, Denver
Univer­sity of Colorado, Boulder
Univer­sity of Oregon
Univer­sity of the Pacific
Univer­sity of Puget Sound
Univer­sity of Redlands
Univer­sity of San Fran­cisco
Univer­sity of Southern California
Univer­sity of Washington
Wheaton College
Whit­tier College
Wesleyan Univer­sity
Willamette University
Worces­ter Polytechnic Institute