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The Class of 2022… In Their Own Words
Dean DeChiaro

On June 17, the Stevens community gathered to hear members of the Class of 2002 reflect on their years behind the purple doors. Here's what they had to say.

On June 17, the Stevens community gathered to hear members of the Class of 2002 reflect on their years behind the purple doors. The graduates, many of whom arrived at Stevens in preschool, recounted treasured memories, contemplated their growth both as individuals and community members, and expressed excitement and confidence as they begin a new chapter of their educational journeys.

Here are some highlights of what they had to say:

“2013 was a big year for me. I started playing the piano. I was learning how to read. It was also the year when I started going to Stevens. Since then, my life has improved exponentially. Stevens presented me with lots of opportunities and helped me grow as a person. A quote by Joseph Addison summarizes this perfectly. “What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.” Stevens made me who I am. – Anna E.

“I would like to talk about how much I appreciate the sense of community that Stevens cultivates. The small class sizes have allowed me and my peers to create strong bonds between ourselves that I wouldn’t have been able to create at any other school. These bonds will continue to grow even as we stop seeing each other in school. This sense of community is what I have to thank for all of my friends at Stevens.” – Aaron A.

“All of the memories I have made at Stevens, all of the things I have learned during my time here, I will take with me to high school. These things include, but are not limited to, always thinking about the community and other people’s perspectives, as well as coming up with new ways to incite change in society, and these are qualities I will never forget. Stevens has taught me how to be an actively engaged citizen of the world and for that I will be forever grateful.” – Sophie B.

“Going into high school, it’s important to have that balance between your own success, and success through collaboration. I believe that real success in life is a mix of both. Stevens taught us that not only do we have to advocate for ourselves, but we also have to collaborate and work together in order to achieve great things.” – Kimaya D.

“The first thing that I loved about this school were the teachers. I remember from my first day in Kindergarten and throughout my entire time at Stevens, all the teachers really focused on each student and helped them when they needed individual attention. Stevens supports students in the way they think by empowering them to learn at their own pace, and not focus on how other people think,  but to do it in a way that works for them. Eddie Van Halen once said, “You only have 12 notes, do what you want with them.” To me, this is representative of how Stevens supports its students.” – Tyler W.

“I’m nervous about the journey ahead but knowing that this school has prepared me makes me more enthusiastic about starting something new. I’m ending this year on a high note reminding myself of all of the concepts Stevens has taught me and helped me become. Starting today, I know I will be forever grateful for how I have flourished in this school and the memories I have made.” - Maeve K.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022! Journey on!