A year commences and bright futures begin.
Western Reserve Academy's 181st Commencement took place on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. The Commencement Ceremony is the culmination of the hard work, dedication and passion that WRA students have put into their high school experiences. This year's Commencement was one that the Class of 2017 will never forget. The forever friends, strong bonds with advisors and faculty, and memories that were made at Reserve will carry on with our senior class as they go on to some of the top colleges and universities and pioneer their futures.
News & Updates
Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 27
9 a.m. | Alumni Association Induction Brunch | Ellsworth Dining Hall
Attendance is required for all seniors (including postgraduates). Family and friends are invited to attend this brunch in the dining hall where the Class of 2017 will be formally welcomed as alumni.
11 a.m. | Senior Celebration | Chapel
Attendance is required for all seniors (including postgraduates). Families and guests are invited. Reserve Green attire is required for boys. Girls should wear an appropriate dress. A light lunch for all in attendance will be held in Ellsworth Hall following the ceremony.
Sunday, May 28
1:30 p.m. |Commencement Exercises | Chapel Lawn
All seniors (including postgraduates) must meet at Ellsworth by noon for the class picture. (In case of inclement weather, Commencement will take place in the Bicknell Gymnasium.) There will be a reception for all in attendance immediately following Commencement under a tent on the commons (between the Chapel and the Knight Fine Arts Center).
Where is commencement held?
Commencement takes place on the lawn in front of the Chapel. Students will process from the Loomis Observatory, down College Street then up the sidewalk in front of the Chapel. The ceremony runs approximately two hours. Afterward, refreshments will be served under the tent behind the Chapel.
Are tickets required and is there a limit to how many guests can attend?
No. Tickets are not required to attend Commencement, and we do not limit the number of guests that attend.
Is there reserved seating for Commencement?
No. Seats are reserved only for the graduates. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
What about parking?
Family and guests are encouraged to park off Chapel Street on the lawn as well as at the Murdough Athletic Center. Parking attendants will direct traffic and parking. College Street, between Baldwin and Hudson Street will be closed. Parking is not permitted on Brick Row. Handicapped parking will be available on College Street.
Is there a lost-and-found on campus?
Lost items will be turned in to the Security Office in Metcalf Building. Inquiries about lost articles can be made in person or by calling 330-650-9789.
What happens if it rains?
The rain location for Commencement will be in the Murdough Athletic Center gym, with the reception to be held in the foyer, MAC classroom and MAC all-purpose room. View our campus map.
Where are the restrooms located?
Public restrooms will be located by North Hall. Handicapped accessible restrooms, if Commencement is held outside, are available in the Chapel, the Knight Fine Arts Center and the John D. Ong Library.
If you should have questions about Commencement & Year-End Events, please do not hesitate to contact Tracy Schooner in the Head of School’s Office at 330-650-9706 or email@example.com.
- Dr. John M. McCardell Jr. to speak at 2016 Commencement
- Senior class selects Niraj Naik and Max Borrmann as end of year speakers
- The Class of 2016 officially departs as graduates of WRA
Class of 2016 Prize Winners
- THE BICKNELL PRIZE | Max B. Borrmann
- THE ROBINSON PRIZE | Michael J. Zeleznik
- JOHN W. HALLOWELL AWARD | Yuki Yamasaki
- HARLAN N. WOOD AWARD | Haiyun Chen
- KEIR V. MARTICKE ’02 MEMORIAL PRIZE | Taryn E. Washburn
- ANGUS M. FREW AWARD | Samuel L. LaFontaine
- HEAD OF SCHOOL AWARD | Cristen C. Barnett, Ajay Dakappagari, Ann C. McArn, Rachel A. Morris, Yichen Wang, Shuni Zhu
- ACADEMIC BOOK PRIZES | Lanruo Yang, Xingyu Ha
- TODD C. WEAVER ’89 PREFECT AWARD | Yichen Wang, Yuki Yamasaki
- RACHEL C. SNIDER SPIRIT AWARD | Niraj H. Naik
- FRIENDSHIP TROPHY | Daniel M. Dorman
- CHRISTINE & JOHN BREUKER PRIZE FOR SERVICE | Maria E. Paparella
- TURNBULL ENDEAVOR AWARD | Erin R. Dockery
- DAVID S. DENNISON JR. ’36 AWARD (HISTORY) | Graham M. Sell
- ANNE CHAPMAN PRIZE IN HISTORY | Lanruo Yang
- PETER L. EBERLY ’70 PRIZE (LANGUAGE) | Aekta Chowksey
- ROBERT R. STOLL MATHEMATICS PRIZE | Xingyu Ha
- ROLLIN W. WAITE AWARD IN MATHEMATICS | Tianshuang Wang
- ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION FELLOWSHIP | Caitlin R. Fogg, Amelia M. Elliott
- PHI BETA KAPPA AWARD | Xingyu Ha
- AKRON BEACON JOURNAL STAR STUDENTS | Michael J. Zeleznik, Taryn E. Washburn
- NEWSCHANNEL 5 BEST OF THE CLASS | Michael J. Zeleznik, Rachel A. Morris
- NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS | Niraj H. Naik, Michael J. Zeleznik