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.
“We are excited and honored to have one of our first and longest-serving female educators share her wisdom and thoughtful perspective with the Holderness community,” stated Head of School Phil Peck.
Ms. Pedrin-Nielson joined the Holderness faculty in 1981 and is the school’s first full-time female faculty member as well as the school’s first female administrator. She set a professional standard for the many women and men who followed. Over the course of a 38-year Holderness career, Ms. Pedrin-Nielson was the Dean of Academic Affairs for more than two decades and served as the Chair of the Modern and Classical Language Department and Community Service Coordinator.
"I am delighted and extremely honored to be the speaker at this year's Holderness commencement,” shared Ms. Pedrin-Nielson. “It is such a compliment to be considered among the very notable speakers we have enjoyed over the years, and a tribute to all teachers whom I hope to represent at this event.”
Holderness School’s 140th Commencement Ceremony will take place at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 20th.
Albert Bierstadt, the German-American painter renowned for his landscapes of the American West, came to the White Mountains to capture its simple yet overwhelming beauty. What came to life through nearly a decade’s worth of work was The Emerald Pool, a massive oil-on-canvas monument to the natural majesty of a hidden swimming hole along the Peabody River in the Pinkham Notch. Recounting The Emerald Pool, Bierstadt said, “I never had so difficult a picture to paint, as this White Mountain subject the Emerald Pool; my artist friends think it my best picture and so do I.”
At Holderness we deliberately build community through the people we bring in and programs we support. Today I want to share one story about people who showed us what it means to be a mission-centered community and talk about one unique program that is hitting a milestone.
Kicking off its 141st year, Holderness School welcomed new students to campus on September 5th. Under blue skies and surrounded by the cheers of joyful Senior Leaders, 114 new students eagerly joined the Holderness School community. The day was filled with smiles as new students and families unpacked their cars and turned dorm rooms into a home away from home.