From June 9–11, more than 600 CA community members gathered at Concord Academy for the culminating Centennial Celebration. The festivities were unforgettable and encapsulated the power of a CA education.
Thank you to all who helped make CA’s Centennial so special. The Centennial was filled with wonderful once-in-a-century moments and it would not have been possible without our amazing CA community. We can’t wait to see what Concord Academy’s second century brings!
3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Registration and Check-In Welcome Tent, The Quad
4:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. Student-Led Campus Tours Departs from the Welcome Tent
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Opening of Centennial Archival Display and CA Oral History Project Any time throughout the weekend, stop by the main school hallway to browse a decade-by-decade display of CA history in images and objects, based on stories shared in Concord Academy at 100: Voices from the First Century by Lucille Stott. There will also be an opportunity to contribute to a CA Centennial oral history project. Bring a friend and share your CA stories! Main School Hallway, Classroom 145
Opening of Centennial Art Exhibit & “Origin Stories” Any time throughout the weekend, stop by the Ransome Room to browse a digital alum art exhibit along with work by current CA students. You can also check out “Origin Stories: Concord Academy Photography Then and Now,” a display showcasing thirty years of CA’s photography program and a number of alums who have gone into careers in the Arts. Ransome Room, Math and Arts Center
4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Concord Twilight Walking Tour In partnership with Visit Concord, this 90-minute tour of Concord explores the streets and byways of the historic town CA calls home. Start the weekend immersed in the environment that has helped to shape our school’s culture. Departs from the Welcome Tent
4:30 p.m.–5:45 p.m. Class of 1963 Gathering Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel
5:00 p.m. CA’s Campus Today and The Vision for Tomorrow Join Don Kingman, director of campus planning and construction, for a walking tour of CA’s main campus. Learn about recent improvements, CA’s commitment to environmental sustainability, and hear the plans that will allow students to thrive in CA’s second century. Departs from the Welcome Tent
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception Enjoy an evening with friends under the stars with artisanal pizza, craft beer and wine, and s’mores by the fire. Dining Hall, Student-Faculty Center & Patio
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Class of 1973 50th Reunion Dinner Bailey Commons
Class of 1983 Gathering Bradford House Common Room
Class of 1993 Gathering Senior Section, Upper Student-Faculty Center
Class of 1998 Gathering J. Josephine Tucker Library
Attendees of the 1983, 1993, and 1998 class gatherings should visit the Dining Hall & Patio, Student-Faculty Center to procure their food and drink.
Saturday, June 10
7:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Breakfast Student-Faculty Center
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Morning Yoga Dance Studio, Second Floor Student Health and Athletic Center
8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Registration and Check-in Welcome Tent
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Centennial Archival Display and CA Oral History Project Contribute to the CA Centennial oral history project. Bring a friend and share your CA stories!
Also, any time throughout the weekend, stop by the main school hallway to browse a decade-by-decade display of CA history in images and objects, based on stories shared in Concord Academy at 100: Voices from the First Century by Lucille Stott. Main School Hallway, Classroom 145
9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Walking Tours Join faculty members, Sarah Yeh P’24 ’27 and Sally Zimmerli P’23, for a 90-minute walking tour of Concord. Depart from the Welcome Tent
Women of Concord Learn about some of the remarkable women who fought for justice in Concord and contributed to a uniquely American literary and artistic vision.
Indigenous People of Concord Learn about the 10,000-year history of the Indigenous people of Concord (Musketaquid).
10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Centennial Memorial Service This special service will honor and celebrate members of the community who remain alive in our hearts, and whose memories we will carry forward into CA’s future. Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel
10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Student-Led Tours Departs from the Welcome Tent
11:00 a.m. Alum Chorus Practice All alums are invited to join former CA choral director Keith Daniel to practice selections to be performed during Saturday evening’s program. No prior choral experience is necessary. Sign up to participate here. Smith Room, Student Faculty Center
11:00 a.m. The History of CA’s Campus: An Augmented Reality Tour CA faculty and students have developed a mobile app that lets you experience the campus in a new way. In this interactive program, you will encounter stories from the people who inhabited CA’s land and spaces long before the school was founded. A smart device is encouraged to fully experience the tour via the Hoverlay app (available on the Apple App Store and Google Play). Departs from the Welcome Tent
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch for All Classes Centennial Tent
CA’s Mission in Motion Centennial Speaker Series 1:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
CA alums contribute to positive change across generations and through a wide range of fields. We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate this milestone than shining a light on change makers who embody values at the heart of Concord Academy. On Saturday afternoon, CA authors, scientists, activists, creatives, journalists, educators, and difference-makers will lead stimulating conversations in a variety of settings and formats.
5:00 p.m. Student-Led Campus Tours Departs from the Welcome Tent
The History of CA’s Campus: An Augmented Reality Tour CA faculty and students have developed a mobile app that lets you experience the campus in a new way. In this interactive program, you will encounter stories from the people who inhabited CA’s land and spaces long before the school was founded. A smart device is encouraged to fully experience the tour via the Hoverlay app (available on the Apple App Store and Google Play). Departs from the Welcome Tent
5:00 p.m. Shuttle Pick-up Begins at Area Hotels and Designated Parking Lots Arrives to Main Gate Circle
6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Centennial Celebration and Dinner Centennial Tent Let’s gather for a memorable evening filled with music and joy! This special evening program will feature a series of toasts from some of CA’s luminaries and performances by:
If you are local to CA and willing to house guests free of charge for the Centennial Celebration, please contact Meredith Walsh.
Kids’ Club and Activities
We hope you will bring your family with you to Concord! Kids’ Club welcomes children on Saturday evening, with dinner and activities included. We kindly request that all children be toilet-trained, and between the ages of 3 and 12.
Please register for Kids’ Club as part of the full event registration. If online registration is not an option for you, please contact Hannah Dunphy or call (978) 402–2238. Note that advance registration for all child care is required to ensure adequate staffing.
$50 for the first child $40 for the second child $30 for the third child $20 per child for any additional children
Additional Family-Friendly Activities
You are welcome to accompany your child to any of the following events that are available for future chameleons. Please note that children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all activities except for Saturday evening Kids’ Club.
Saturday, June 10
1:00 p.m. – Animal Adventures Welcome Tent 2:00–5:00 p.m. – Pool Open, lifeguard on duty
Families can also enjoy canoeing the Sudbury River or cruise around town on CA boarding bikes. Or make your way to Moriarty Athletic Campus to enjoy pick-up soccer, baseball, and lawn games.
Ways to Participate
Sign up for the Alum Chorus
Music has long held an important role at Concord Academy, with generations of students bonded by their shared experience of singing and performing. To honor this treasured tradition, an alum chorus, led by former CA choral director Keith Daniel, performed as part of the Saturday evening program during the Centennial Celebration. It was a night filled with music and joy!
View the Centennial Art Exhibit
Any time throughout the weekend, visitors could stop by the Ransome Room to browse a digital alum art exhibit along with work by current CA students. They could also check out “Origin Stories: Concord Academy Photography Then and Now,” a display showcasing thirty years of CA’s photography program and a number of alums who have gone into careers in the Arts.
Add to the Centennial Archival Display
Throughout the Centennial weekend, visitors stopped by the main school hallway to browse a decade-by-decade display of CA history and helped contribute to it by bringing their CA mementos.
COVID Visitor Policies and Protocols
Concord Academy’s visitor protocols are effective August 19, 2022, as outlined below:
Mask wearing is optional for visitors who are vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. These visitors may attend on-campus events and must abide by the school’s current COVID-19 policy and protocols. Visitors may be asked to show proof of vaccination on the day of the visit to campus.
Mask wearing is required for visitors who are not vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. These visitors must abide by the school’s current COVID-19 policy and protocols.
The school highly recommends all visitors take a rapid antigen test prior to arrival on campus.
Any visitor who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive should stay home and consult their health care provider.
It is imperative that visitors are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to campus, have not been directed to quarantine or isolate, and have no known exposure to an individual who has COVID-19. For the full list of COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols, please see here.
Suggestions for Attire
New England weather can be unpredictable this time of year, so be sure to check the weather forecast. Many of the activities will be outside under tents, so please dress accordingly.
Visit Concord is a great resource for helping you make the most of your time back in Concord. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center on Main Street while you’re here! We are pleased to be partnered with them to offer tour opportunities for Centennial Celebration attendees.
Campus Facilities and Area Transportation
The weekend can be a mini-vacation for the whole family. Swim in CA’s pool, canoe on the river, or use the tennis courts, fitness room, and fields. Train schedules will be available for trips into Cambridge and Boston. Take advantage of all that the Boston area has to offer on your own or with your spouse, partner, guests, and children!
Families considering independent schools for their children are invited to take a closer look at CA during the Centennial Celebration. CA admissions officers will be available on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to speak with families on an individual basis who may be interested in applying to Concord Academy. Please contact Merrill Genoa to arrange an appointment.
Centennial Planning and Advisory Team
The following individuals have given generously of their time and talents, helping to envision and prepare programming that welcomed all to participate in CA’s Centennial celebration.
Alum Advisory Committee
Kitty Fisk Ames ’65, P’95 Former Board President & Life Trustee
Amy Cammann Cholnoky ’73 Former trustee, Centennial Campaign Steering Committee