The Class of 2016 officially departs as graduates of WRA

The Class of 2016 officially departs as graduates of WRA
Western Reserve Academy’s Class of 2016 graduated on Sunday, May 29, at this year’s Commencement ceremony. On a beautiful, balmy afternoon, 102 seniors received diplomas to the sounds of applause, joyful cheers and, of course, the ceaseless chatter of the cicadas also in attendance. The recipients of several major school prizes were also announced and honored.

The Akron and District Pipe Band led the way as faculty and the Class of 2016 processed to the front of the Chapel for the ceremony. After a welcome from Head of School Christopher D. Burner ’80, student speaker Niraj H. Naik addressed his classmates, the faculty and staff and all those attending the ceremony as the student speaker.

Dr. John M. McCardell Jr., the Vice-Chancellor of Sewanee: The University of the South, was this year’s featured speaker and he spoke highly and proudly of Western Reserve Academy’s profound impact on the graduating class.

“Take with you today something more than a memory,” he said.

After receiving their diplomas, students, as well as faculty, crossed the lawn’s wide sweep to gather around the flagpole and sing the alma mater, Old Reserve.

The Class of 2016 made great strides in academic, athletic and artistic achievement. Ajay Dakappagari, Graham Sell and Munbae (Hugh) Kim were selected to represent the school as participants in the International Summer Science School Heidelberg program. Aekta Chowksey spent her summer in Peru where she used her Spanish fluency to assist Case Western Reserve medical students as part of the Peru Health Outreach Project. Ice hockey athletes Otto Bohan, Brett Erskine and Sam LaFontaine were named to the Red All-League team. Five of our graduating students have committed to play Division I sports in college. 100 percent of our class will matriculate to four-year colleges, including institutions such as Stanford University, Northwestern University, St. Andrews University and more.

We are proud of every member of the Class of 2016 and all of their accomplishments, and we look forward to seeing what they achieve in the next chapter of their lives.