commencement lead heroThree celebrations — the Lifer Dinner, the Senior Dinner, and Commencement — honored Nueva’s first class of seniors, who individually and collectively accomplished so much and were partners in the creation of Nueva’s Upper School.

The spirit was Nueva all the way, joyful and festive, with each event beautiful in its own right. Students were intimately involved with faculty organizers and parent volunteers, crafting experiences that reflected the wishes and dreams of their class. The truly personal tributes, speeches, and performances paid homage to the depth of relationships and connections, and made graduation week that much more meaningful.

Commencements can be bittersweet in the life of a school, as they are a time to celebrate accomplishments while also a time for farewells. Graduating this first class, often called Nueva’s pioneering class, was especially poignant. These dinners and commencement provided important moments to pause and remember, to recognize and appreciate, all that has come before on the path to being the alumni of the Class of 2017.

Stephen Dunn, Upper School Division Head, reflected, “Four years ago, 77 students launched the Upper School with a small group of faculty in the halls of the College of San Mateo. This was the start of very deep relationships between these students and their faculty, relationships that have grown and blossomed over the years. This was evident on their faces at Commencement, and at all the events throughout the week.”

We invite you to share the warmth of these celebrations through the stories and slideshows below. 


Photo Credit: Compass Photographers


Nueva Celebrated “Lifer” Students Who Began in Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade

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On Monday, June 5, Nueva recognized thirteen graduating seniors who started school at Nueva in preK, kindergarten, or first grade. Over a lovely dinner, students, their families, and faculty shared an evening of reflection and admiration. Read more...

Celebration of the Class of 2017: The Senior Dinner 

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On the evening of Friday, June 9, twelfth graders gathered with family, friends, and Nueva faculty and staff for the Class of 2017 Senior Dinner.

Every detail of the evening was carefully and lovingly created to echo aspects of the journey these students have taken. Read more...

Commencement for the Class of 2017: A Ceremony of Inspiration

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Nueva’s first twelfth-grade Commencement was a special afternoon filled with many delights. From the excitement of the students meeting on the Bay Meadows campus and getting ready, through their bus trip to the Hillsborough campus, to their smiling procession to their seats under the tent on the Hillsborough campus sports field, their faces told the story: we’re here and we’re ready. Read more... 




  June 23, 2017



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