On the beautiful morning of May 14, 2022, an audience of more than 1,000 came together on Baker Field to celebrate the commencement of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School’s Class of 2022. At 147 strong, they are the school’s largest class of graduates to date.
Paul Barton, head of school, reflected on all that was required to be in one community –hard work, commitment and beating illnesses, among other challenges. “This is the way we practice community,” he said. “This is the graduation you deserve and this is the graduation you have earned. Look around and take it all in.”
Co-valedictorians Brandon Sertl and George Wray delivered a joint address recalling 22 memories the class has shared. For 43 of the seniors who graduated as Alpha-Omegas, their list is lengthy. Recalling the school musicals, accomplishments in sports, challenging courses and teachers, spirit weeks, pep rallies, clubs, community service projects, science experiments and more, George and Brandon took turns speaking with Brandon, an accomplished pianist, accompanying George with music at times.
“Each moment has made memories,” Brandon said. “We can look back at a sea of memories.”
One notable item for these seniors is that they have clocked more time in more buildings on campus than any previous class. As the first residents of the new Humanities building, they also put their minds and talents to work in STEM, Groesbeck, Fine Arts, both gyms and, of course, the Riley building during their time at HIES. “It’s not the buildings that define us, it’s what we do in these buildings,” George said.
The Class of 2022 will matriculate to 70 colleges and universities where they are expected to continue to make positive contributions through honors programs, arts, collegiate athletics and military service.
Congratulations, Class of 2022!