Commons postpones graduation for 2020-2021 school year

In an email to students, parents, faculty and staff, President Rick Commons announced Friday that the school will delay graduation for the class of 2021 until June 11 of next year and will continue to remain flexible in planning for the fall quarter. Commons said that the graduation ceremony, which was originally scheduled to be […]

Class of 2018 celebrates graduation

Class of 2018 celebrates graduation

Speeches from Salutatorian Nicole Bahar ’18, the first female Salutatorian in 12 years, and Valedictorian Vivian Liu ’18 highlighted the class of 2018’s commencement ceremony Friday. Bahar recalled a number of humorous experiences she had during high school and also noted the lack of equal representation among women for Salutatorian. Liu likened her high school experience to […]

Huybrechts honored at commencement ceremony

Huybrechts honored at commencement ceremony

The school bestowed outgoing Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts an honorary diploma at the commencement ceremony on Friday, which marked a first in Harvard-Westlake history. The Class of 2017 received their diplomas after listening to speeches from their salutatorian and valedictorian. Salutatorian Joe Levin ’17 said humor is what carried him through the challenges of […]

Seniors to wear white at graduation

The senior class voted to all wear white gowns and caps to graduation this year, following the decision to end the tradition of female seniors wearing white gowns and male seniors wearing black gowns. The administration and Prefect Council said that they asked the seniors to make this change to promote inclusivity for all students. […]

Class of 2014 celebrates commencement

The Class of 2014 graduated Friday, June 6 on Ted Slavin Field in Rick Commons’s first commencement ceremony as President. The event was streamed live online for the first time this year. The procession of faculty, who were clad in academic regalia, and graduating seniors, who were in black and white robes, was led by middle […]

Lieberman to continue tradition of male Scene Monkey salutatorians

Scene Monkey, actor and lacrosse player Joey Lieberman ’14 will deliver this year’s salutatory address, typically a funny and light-hearted speech, at graduation June 6. “In the letter I wrote to myself in Choices and Challenges — I just got it like three days ago — it said ‘Are you salutatorian?’ so I thought that […]

For graduation, she wants to fly

Tate Castro ’13 sat at her kitchen table one summer afternoon, pen in hand, pad of paper at the ready. She was brainstorming, admittedly a little early, for a very big gift that she’d been waiting for a long time – her graduation present. “Would you like to go to Europe?” her mom asked her, […]

Slow down and step back

By Judd Liebman During sophomore year, we fill out the “Three Year Plan,” outlining our ideas about our future classes. Our decisions in 10th grade could dictate the rest of our high school career. And that is what high school is supposed to be. Harvard-Westlake teaches us to prepare for the future and to be […]