The 140th Holderness School Commencement is scheduled for Sunday, May 19 and Monday, May 20, 2019. We are so excited to celebrate our seniors’ accomplishments and to recognize their many achievements.

Commencement News

List of 11 news stories.

  • Holderness Parents Offer Advice to Graduates

    Emily Magnus
    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!
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  • 2019 Senior Sentences

    The Commencement diploma sentences for each student in the class of 2019 can be found below:
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  • The Rev. B. W. Woodward, Jr. (right) and Board Chair Bob Hall (left)

    2019 Baccalaureate Sermon

    The Rev. B. W. Woodward, Jr.
    The Rev. B. W. Woodward, Jr. delivered the Baccalaureate Sermon at 2019 Commencement. Read his sermon below:
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  • 2019 Prize Day Award Winners

    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.
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  • Janice Pedrin-Nielson Delivers Commencement Speech To The Class of 2019

    Janice Pedrin-Nielson
    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."
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  • President-Elect Abby Vieira '20

    School President and President-Elect's Address to the Class of 2019

    Dylan de Vries '19 and Abby Vieira '20
    School President Dylan de Vries '19 and President-Elect Abby Vieira '20 addressed the Class of 2019 at Commencement. Read their speeches below:
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  • Lily Ford '12 Delivers Alumni Speech To The Class of 2019

    Lily Ford '12
    Assistant Director of Admission and Alumnus Lily Ford '12 addressed the class of 2019 at the Alumni Pinning Ceremony. Read her speech below:
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  • Presenting the Class of 2019!

    Emily Magnus '88
    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!
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  • Last Raps

    Rev. Rich Weymouth
    Rev. Rich Weymouth shares his reflections on his time at Holderness in his last Chapel Talk or "last raps" before entering into retirement. 
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  • Stones Chapel Talk

    Franz Nicolay
    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.
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  • Janice Pedrin-Nielson to deliver 140th Commencement Address

    Holderness School is pleased to announce that long-time faculty member Janice Pedrin-Nielson will deliver the school’s 140th Commencement address.
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  • Commencement Dress Code

    Seniors are expected to purchase their attire for the Commencement ceremony. The attire must be:

    White dress of appropriate length (fingertip length or longer) or white pants suit
    Navy blue blazer, tie, white button-down dress shirt, and white pants

    White dress pants are available via the following links:

    Dickies Men’s Original 874 Work Pants
    Dockers Men’s Signature D3 Classic Fit 
  • Commencement LiveStream Videos

  • Commencement Schedule

    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

    **All times subject to change **

2019 Seniors Then & Now

2019 Commencement Photos

Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness, NH 03245
mail P.O Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
phone (603) 536-1257