On January 19, 2023, Collegiate held its Winter Convocation. Students in grades 4 through 12 gathered as a community at the beginning of the calendar year to reflect on the school year so far. Convocation began as the Class of 2023 processed into the Solomon Gymnasium. Lennox Kim ‘28, gave an inspiring performance of Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D Minor BWV 851 by J.S. Bach. Aydin Alam '24, introduced speaker Florian Koenigsberger '10, the Image Equity Lead at Google. Mr. Koenigsberger spoke about his identity and passion for photography growing up and how taking photos of his family and community led to a career on the forefront of digital imaging. Attendees left feeling excited and inspired by the talk. Finally, as is tradition, students sang both “America the Beautiful” and “Alma Mater.”
On December 16, 2022, a snowy morning in New York City, the Collegiate community gathered at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Students in grades Kindergarten through 12 delighted parents, faculty and staff, and other members of the community with seasonal songs, performances, and readings. The Collegiate Orchestra, Upper School Chorus, Middle School Chorus, the UnDutchables, and each grade in the Lower School showcased their artistic talents. Speakers included faculty members as well as Vikrant Sapra ‘28, Adam Sam ‘29, Aiyan Alivhai, ‘30, Alexander Goldin ‘23, and Kavi Tiwary ‘27, who gave readings. David Lourie, Head of School, encouraged the Collegiate community to use the Winter Break as a time to rest and recharge for the coming year. Over one thousand people attended the Winter Program and everyone left feeling inspired and ready for the time off.
The start of a school year is always exciting and the 2022-2023 school year was no exception. On September 22, 2022, Collegiate held its Fall Convocation in the Solomon Gymnasium to celebrate the beginning of the School’s 395th year. The Class of 2023 processed into the gym to begin their final year at Collegiate. Students in grades 4 through 12 participated in the program which included singing “America the Beautiful” and “Alma Mater.” Faculty members Dr. Monica Beneyto-Santaonja, Chair of the Science Department and Upper School Science Teacher and Dr. Thomas Jundt, Chair of the History Department and Upper School History Teacher addressed students. Tom Liu ‘25 performed Franz Liszt’s “Appassionata.” Fall Convocation is a beloved tradition that welcomes students to contemplate the year ahead and brings the community together to think about the School’s past and future.
At Collegiate School, commencement is a special time for our community to celebrate our graduates' incredible achievements. On Friday, May 27, we celebrated the Class of 2022 as they processed through Alice Tully Hall for the school's morning commencement ceremony. This year's commencement speaker was Janno Lieber '79, CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The senior speaker, voted by his classmates, was Zander K. '22, and the valedictory speaker was Tyler G. '22. On the piano, Diego B. '22 played Chopin's Polonaise in A Flat Major. Collegiate is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of the 49 graduates in the Class of 2022 and welcomes them into the Collegiate Alumni Association.
After two years of being online only, Arts Day returned to being in person at 301 Freedom Place South! K-12 student artwork was displayed throughout the building, and music and drama performances took place in the black box, the auditorium, and on the fourth floor. Performances included a senior project play, The Real Inspector Hound; 10-minute plays written by eighth graders; the seventh grade play, The King Stag; fifth and sixth grade string ensemble; seventh and eighth grade chamber music and percussion groups; Middle and Upper School Choruses; and Advanced Orchestra with special guest tango artists, Los Chantas (which was supported by the Heather Reid Schaffzin Fund).