Burgwell “Burgie” Howard ’82 – Our 142nd Commencement Speaker
Burgwell “Burgie” Howard ’82, Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Student Engagement at Yale University and Holderness School trustee, will speak at the school’s 142nd Commencement on May 23, 2021.
Mr. Howard is uniquely suited to the job of speaking to Holderness’s graduating seniors. He has devoted his working life to fostering student engagement at colleges and universities, including Yale University, Northwestern University, Bowdoin College, Colgate University, Santa Clara University, and Dartmouth College. Mr. Howard is a graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B.) and Stanford University (M.Ed), where he earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Environmental Science and graduate degree in Higher Education. He will be offering reflections on how our graduates might build on the lessons of Holderness for the next steps of their educational journey.
“Twenty-one years ago Burgie Howard was on our Board of Trustees and on the selection committee that hired me,” says Head of School Phil Peck. “After stepping down from the Board, Burgie has played leadership roles in school life at some of the nation’s top universities. I was overjoyed when Burgie agreed to rejoin the Board in 2017 and bring his expertise and passion for schools and their culture back to Holderness. Especially this year, Burgie has been a tremendous resource for every aspect of this journey we have been on, and I can’t wait for the Holderness family to learn from his reflections on this Commencement.”
Holderness School’s 142nd Commencement will take place at 11 a.m. on Livermore Commons on May 23. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony will not be open to the public, but it will be live-streamed and each graduate may invite up to four guests from their immediate family. For a full list of Commencement events, please visit Holderness.org/commencement.
The Rev. B. W. “Pete” Woodward, Jr. Prize is given in recognition of a Holderness graduate in their junior year of college for academic performance, exceptional leadership and contributions made to their college community.
This year we have the honor of awarding this prize to two outstanding and deserving recipients.
Celebrating its 142nd Commencement, Holderness School hosted an unforgettable on-campus, in-person to honor the remarkable and resilient Class of 2021. Due in large part to the hard work and foresight of the school’s COVID-19 response, graduates were able to receive their diplomas with handshakes and smiles, all while surrounded by family and united by the strong bonds of the Holderness School community.
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