Matheny Graduates Celebrate Milestone Achievement

June 21, 2023, Peapack and Gladstone, NJ – The Matheny School recently held two graduation ceremonies. The first, held on June 20th, marked the advancement of four 8th grade students to a high school curriculum. The second, held on June 21st, celebrated the completion of high school studies for an additional four students.

The Matheny School’s high school graduation featured keynote speaker David Szott, who is a Matheny parent and director of Player Development for the New York Jets. Szott shared his memories and the sense of pride he felt when his son, Shane, graduated from the Matheny School a few years ago. He expressed his gratitude for the efforts of the many teachers, aides, therapists, and “behind the scenes” staff who helped to make the day possible. The ceremony included remarks by Peapack Gladstone Mayor, Mark Corigliano; Matheny President and CEO, Bill Kent; Chair of Matheny’s Board of Trustees, William A. Krais, Esq.; Vice President of Education and Principal of the Matheny School, Sean Murphy; President of the Matheny School Board of Education, Dr. Kristen Labazzo; and Father Paul West, Matheny Chaplain. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a reception provided by the Friends of Matheny.

Matheny’s high school graduates are: Valedictorian, Tyse M.; Salutatorian, Ayman H.; Avalena E.; and Amanda C. All four graduates will move on to Matheny’s Life Enrichment Program for adults.

Photo Caption: All four high school graduates on stage during the Matheny School graduation ceremony.


About Matheny – Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility. Matheny’s mission is to provide exceptional care and an optimal quality of life for children and adults with special needs and medically complex developmental disabilities. Matheny is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is headquartered in Somerset County. It was founded in 1946 after Walter and Marguerite Matheny’s son, Chuck, was born with cerebral palsy (CP) into a world ill-equipped to care for children with special needs. Matheny is comprised of a fully accredited special hospital, five community group homes, an adult day center, a non-profit private special school, a fine arts program, and outpatient clinics serving the community. Matheny patients have a diverse range of medical conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Lesch-Nyhan Disease (LND) and a wide range of rare diseases. To learn more about Matheny, visit us at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram: @mathenymedical.