There is no one who knows our graduates as well as their parents. That's why on the eve of Commencement, Dean of Students John Lin enlisted their help in sharing words of wisdom. Some are simple, some are quirky, some are ages old but will stand the test of time. In the following video, we've captured their nuggets of advice. Best wishes to our graduates as they begin their new adventures!
The day before commencement, the student body gathered one final time for the presentation of awards known as "Prize Day". During the ceremony, awards were given to select members of the student body who have performed in exemplary fashion in the classroom and in the community. Read below for the list of this year's winners.
Holderness School celebrated the 140th commencement on May 20th. This celebration was the culmination of several concluding events that included Senior Thesis presentations, musical performances, final spring athletic contests, Prize Day and the senior dinner. Long-time Holderness educator Janice Pedrin-Nielson shared in this commencement speech that graduation is actually marking the beginning. Ms. Nielson also takes the opportunity to share what makes one's life successful. In her words, "We send you off today, the day of this beginning, to continue to be successful and to remember that being other-centered is what will make you happy in your life."
It's hard to believe it is already time for our seniors to graduate! It seems like just yesterday they arrived, and now we have to say goodbye. Commencement is not just a time of celebration but a time to pause and remember all the moments we have shared--the challenges, the celebration, the laughter, and the tears. Congratulations, seniors; we wish you all the best!
Each year departing seniors arrive for one last service at Outdoor Chapel. Each student brings with them a decorated stone to add to the collection of stones of seniors before them. This year at stones chapel, Franz Nicolay spoke to the seniors about the significance of their stones.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 Prize Day Ceremony – 4:00 PM, Livermore Commons All guests of seniors are invited to attend. Reception – 5:30 PM, Weld Hall Lawn All guests of seniors are invited to attend. Commencement Dinner – 6:15 PM, Weld Dining Hall Given the size of the class and space limitations in Weld Hall, we ask that only immediate family (parents and siblings) of seniors attend the dinner. To make a special request, please use the above-mentioned information form.
Monday, May 20, 2019 Baccalaureate Service – 9:30 AM, Chapel of the Holy Cross All seniors and immediate family (parents and siblings) are invited to attend. The 140th Commencement and Luncheon – 11:00 AM, Livermore Commons All guests are invited to attend a luncheon that will directly follow the Commencement Exercises