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MORAVIAN ACADEMY-JUNE 5 ‘Intertwined in countless ways’

“It’s now your turn to make choices for yourself,” Jeffrey Zemsky, Moravian Academy’s Head of School, told some 70 graduates at Saturday’s commencement exercises, held outdoors on a perfect June day.

Looming in the background of the ceremony, inevitably, was the effect of the pandemic, but all the speakers stressed that it is not what will define the class.

As Zemsky reviewed the makeup of the class, he noted that 19 had been Moravian attendees since first grade, kindergarten or PreK, calling them the “founding members” of the Class of 2021.

As he listed the class members, he related what each one will be doing after graduation. The vast majority of them will attend college, going to a variety of institutions, from Harvard to Lehigh to the Maine Maritime Academy. A handful will follow different paths, including one who plans to go into the family business in China.

The student speaker, Class President Luisa Capobianco, called her classmates a “class built of a collection of memories,” including the memory of three girls’ soccer district championships. She said she was “thankful for the efforts of our administrators” to successfully shepherd the class through a senior year that was “far from normal.” But the class will be noted, she said, “not [by] our limitations, but our perseverance.”

The pandemic, she vowed, will not be “our defining legacy.”

She said her classmates’ lives are “intertwined in countless ways” and urged them to “always cherish our special connections.

“I’m excited to see how you will do well and do good,” she told them.

Christopher Weiler, chair of the Board of Trustees, handed out the diplomas. He noted there were just 30 members in Moravian’s first graduating class, in 1931.

He said it was “humbling, especially this year, to see the [class members’] dedication to personal growth.”

PRESS PHOTOS BY LAKISHA BONNELL Graduates of Moravian Academy march to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance as they stroll from the school to the courtyard where their commencement ceremony was held. Students did not wear the usual caps and gowns; girls wore white dresses and boys wore suits or sport jackets.
Luisa Capobianco, class president, presents a short speech to her fellow classmates in remembrance of their time together in school from adolescents to young adults. Capobianco is one of a handful of students who has attended Moravian Academy from kindergarten through her senior year.
Graduating classmates pose for family and onlookers post-graduation ceremony. From left are Neha Skandan, who is also a student writer for the Bethlehem Press and plans to attend Johns Hopkins University; Claudia Santoro Hernandez, who is going to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Devorah Zambas, who will attend to Rutgers University.
One by one, the 70 graduates were called on to the stage, where they were read a brief encouraging bio of themselves written by teachers and staff. Angela Chen's (center) bio included many of her accomplishments, such as Cum Laude Society, National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist, MA Cyphers/Littner Music Award, Moravian Academy Physics award and many more. Chen has been accepted to Johns Hopkins University. Presenters are Jeffrey Zemsky, head of school (left) and Dylan Deal, director Upper School.