The 139th Holderness School Commencement is scheduled for Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21, 2018. We are so excited to celebrate our seniors’ accomplishments and to recognize their many achievements. If you have any questions about Commencement Weekend, please feel free to contact Andy Herring at 603-779-5200, or send an email to

Commencement News

List of 11 news stories.

  • Class of 2018 Bulls Advancing Athletically

    Chrissy Lushefski
    A significant amount of 2018 Bulls will continue their respective sports beyond Holderness athletics. See where they are off to and look to follow them in their athletic careers next year!  
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  • Commencement Photos are In!

    Head over to the Smugmug Gallery to view all the commencement photos. 

    *Note: New photos are being added as we receive them, so be sure to check back often!
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  • School President and President-Elect's Commencement address to the Class of 2018

    School President-Elect Dylan de Vries '19 and current School President Nick Grammas '18 addressed the Class of 2018 at Commencement.
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  • 2018 Baccalaureate Sermon

    The Rev. Canon Randolph K. Dales
    The Rev. Canon Randolph K. Dales delivered the Baccalaureate Sermon at 2018 Commencement. Read his sermon below:
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  • 2018 Prize Day Award Recipients

    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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  • Reflections on the Class of 2018

    Randy Houseman
    Science Teacher and Out Back director Randy Houseman shared reflections on the Class of 2018 at Commencement Dinner.

    Excerpts below or listen to the podcast.
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  • Bro Adams '65 to Speak at Holderness School’s 139th Commencement

    Holderness School is very proud of our alumni. As we celebrate a new class becoming alumni, we are pleased and honored to have William D. “Bro” Adams ‘65 addressing the Class of 2018 at the 139th commencement. Bro Adams is currently a senior fellow at the Mellon Foundation; he recently served as the president of Colby College and was the director of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The information included below predominately comes from the Spring issue of Holderness School Today’s article on Bro “What Is Best In America” written by Rick Carey.
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  • Final Edition of The Picador

    This year's final edition of The Picador is out!
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  • What It Means to be an Alumnus of Holderness School

    Rick Eccleston '92
    Athletic Director, Math Teacher and Alumnus Rick Eccleston addressed the class of 2018 at the Alumni Pinning Ceremony. Read his speech below:
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  • Stones Chapel Talk May 14, 2018

    Nicole Furlonge
    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, Dr. Nicole Furlonge spoke to the seniors about leaving Holderness.
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  • Who Packed Your Parachute?

    Annie McClements
    Science Faculty member Annie McClements shares her reflections with the class of 2018 at Trinity Chapel. 

    Excerpts below of the Chapel Talk or listen to the podcast.
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  • Commencement Dress Code

    Seniors are expected to purchase their attire for the Commencement ceremony.

    Senior ladies: White dress of appropriate length (fingertip length or longer), or White Pantsuit
    Senior gentlemen: 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 20, 2018
    4:00 PM - Prize Day Ceremony, Livermore Commons - All guests of seniors are invited to attend.
    5:30 PM - Reception, Weld Hall Lawn - All guests of seniors are invited to attend.
    6:15 PM - Commencement Dinner, Weld Dining Hall - Given space limitations in Weld Hall, we ask that only immediate family (parents and siblings) of seniors attend.

    Monday, May 21, 2018
    9:30 AM Baccalaureate Service, Chapel of the Holy Cross - All seniors and immediate family (parents and siblings) are invited to attend
    11:00 AM - The 139th Commencement and Luncheon, Livermore Commons - All guests are invited to attend a luncheon that will directly follow the Commencement Exercises

Cum Laude

Class of 2018

Eliza Paly Batchelder
Caitlin Elizabeth Blinkhorn
Ly Thi Khanh Cao
Caroline Nicole Ferri 
John Patrick Hayes
Sirapop Klinkachorn
Yifu Mu
Warich Ngamkanjanarat
Fletcher Scott Robbins*
Audrey Carolyn Simonson
Kiely Marie Smiga-McManus
Song Tang*
Uyen Phu Hoang Tran*
Luke McCall Valentine*
Abigal Lynch Wiseman*
Lorea Monica Zabaleta*

Class of 2019

Atte Ilmari Aalto
Thalia Lynn Anastos
Claudia Violette Cantin
Linh Khanh Nguyen Hoang
Ziqing  Lin
Avery Denison Reynolds
Katherine Sarah Urdang
Andrew W. Yao

* Inducted as juniors in 2017
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