Though graduation is still months away, we are beginning to anticipate this joyous occasion here at Concord Academy. Plans for Commencement are underway, and we look forward to celebrating our seniors, the relationships they have built here, and the families that have supported them along the way.

We are pleased to announce that our Commencement speaker this year will be Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. In her time as Attorney General, Ms. Healey has consistently articulated and upheld the common good, particularly in the area of civil rights, including in her work to address issues ranging from the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, escalating health care costs, workers’ rights and student loan costs, and leading the state’s successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, to cite only a few examples of her impact. Beyond her many accomplishments, Ms. Healey represents, for this senior class, a powerful voice for moral leadership at a time when such voices are needed most. Attorney General Healey was also, not surprisingly, the Class of 2017’s top choice to speak at Commencement. In 1992, Ms. Healey graduated cum laude from Harvard College, where she was cocaptain of the Harvard basketball team; it was a sport she pursued as a professional in Europe for two years after graduating. She returned to the United States, where she earned her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1998. We are delighted that Attorney General Healey will be with us at this celebration of our senior class.

A schedule of activities and details for Baccalaureate on Thursday, June 1, and Commencement on Friday, June 2, is included below. Note that Baccalaureate begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, after a reception and dinner. Students will be given three tickets for family members to attend this service, as the Chapel must accommodate not only guests, but also seniors, faculty, and staff.

Please note that Commencement begins promptly on Friday at 10:00 a.m. A reception with light refreshments will follow immediately after the ceremony. The festivities conclude at about 1:00 p.m. Seniors may invite as many guests as they would like to Commencement. A ticket is not required for the ceremony. Formal Commencement invitations will be distributed to your children in April. Each senior will receive five invitations to distribute but may request extras if needed.

To help alleviate some of the congestion that arises from families wanting to capture this special moment on film, we have made arrangements for both the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies to be professionally recorded on DVD, with copies available for purchase. Also, a professional photographer will take a photograph of each child receiving his or her diploma. You will receive proofs and order copies directly from the photographer.

Please let us know if you have questions or if we can be of any assistance for this upcoming special day for the Class of 2017. We look forward to seeing you at Baccalaureate and Commencement in June.

2017 CONCORD ACADEMY COMMENCEMENT NOTES

Thursday, June 1

  • 5:00 p.m. Reception — Chapel Lawn
    • For faculty, staff, seniors, and their families
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner — Student-Faculty Center
    • For faculty, staff, seniors, and their families
  • 7:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Service — Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel
    • Each senior will receive three tickets for Chapel seats, which will be honored until 7:20 p.m., after which general seating will be available. Overflow, non-ticketed seating will be available under a tent on the Chapel Lawn, with closed-circuit video of the service.

Friday, June 2

  • 10:00 a.m. Commencement Exercises — Chapel Lawn
    • Seniors will receive five paper invitations but may invite as many guests as they wish. Overflow seating will be available in the Chapel, with closed-circuit video of the ceremony. There will be a tent covering the Chapel Lawn.
    • Reception — Quad: Light refreshments will be available immediately following Commencement. Seniors and their families, as well as faculty, staff, and underclassmen are welcome.

If you need special accommodations for access or seating, please contact Katie Wells at katie_wells@concordacademy.org or (978) 402-2236.

As you know, Concord Academy is a smoke-free campus, including vaporizers. Finally, though this goes without saying, parents or students should not bring any alcoholic beverages or illegal substances to the graduation. Thank you for your cooperation.

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