Celebrating the Class of 2022

On Friday, June 10, we welcomed over 300 family, friends, staff, and students for our first live, full, in-person graduation ceremony in three years.

Our grads shared personal words before they crossed the stage, one final time, to accept their graduation diploma from Head of School, Mme Julie Rousseau. Each graduate was also presented with a yellow rose from the President of the Alumnae Association, Devon Taylor and congratulated by our Board Chair, Michelle Ostrow.

Following the ceremony, the Class of 2022 gathered on the YHS athletics field for the traditional hat toss photo. Thank you to YHS Fine Arts, Media Arts & Film  Teacher and professional photographer, Jonathan Lee for his willingness to go that extra mile and climb into our skylift to get the perfect shot from above! Afterwards, our grads, their families and friends, and faculty and staff gathered in the Gail Ruddy Foyer for refreshments. 

Class of 2022, we are so proud of your resilience and amazing accomplishments and look forward to hearing about your future adventures. Onward and upward, Yorkies!

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Grad Transitions Day

On Thursday, June 2, the Class of 2022 participated in our 2nd annual Grad Transitions Day, a new tradition at York House School. 

In January, the Grad Transitions Team sent out a survey to the Grade 12s to gather and capture any thoughts, questions, or wonderings they had about transitioning into life after high school beyond York House. In response to this survey, the Grad Transitions Team designed an entire day of workshops and fun activities to help the Grade 12s on their journey as they embark on a new chapter in their lives, and of course, to help prepare them for what comes next. And did we ever have an amazing event!

Our day began with early morning yoga, a grab ‘n go breakfast, and our own onsite barista (thank you to parent Peter Lee of Caffe Umbria) making gourmet coffees for the grads as they headed into their first workshop session, Navigating your 1st Year at University: A Professor’s Guide with guest speaker, Dr. Bruno Guindon. The day continued with a variety of workshops including: meal-planning and meal preparation for university, a YHS Alumnae panel of recent grads who shared their experiences at post-secondary, an introduction to YHS Connect – our new alumnae and networking platform – and our YHS Mentorship program, a joint project between the Career-Life Connections Program and the Alumnae Office. Students also participated in an ‘Adulting Obstacle’ course where they engaged in a variety of tasks while learning essential life skills in the form of a friendly, team-based competition. 

We enjoyed a delicious lunch together catered by Tractor Foods, had furry visitors on site from Pet & Friends, and we gave out loads of goodies and swag throughout the day as a part of their post-secondary transitions toolkit for their respective journeys. We concluded the day with a social event, the traditional signing of the YHS golf shirts, and an ice cream cart graciously contributed by the Class Parents. The day was a huge success and we hope that our Yorkies are feeling even more prepared and confident as they head out into the world, and that we provided them with a celebratory gathering that they will remember for years to come!

Jaclyn Murray
Career-Life Connections & Capstone Coordinator

Grad Transitions Team:
Jaclyn Murray, Kim Tulloch, Maebh Carragher, Darcy Hausselman, Ita Kane-Wilson, Daphne Ho