Head of School Rick Hardy delivered this opening chapel talk at the beginning of the 2020–21 academic year.
As I write to you today, our world is still grappling with the great challenges that COVID-19 has created. Indeed, the situation in many places has unfortunately grown considerably worse since my last letter. I offer my sincere condolences to those of you who have suffered illness or lost loved ones to this pandemic. This disease has caused extraordinary pain, stress, and dismay on so many levels. We must all find ways to focus on hope and the prospects of the recovery that will come, and the opportunities that any crisis presents to assert our powers of caring and goodness. We hope you are leaning on and helping those around you.
Kate Lauriat Saunders ’96 directs clinical nutrition for the two campuses of the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. As the COVID-19 pandemic surged in the state this spring, she took on the additional role of collaboratively overseeing food service and clinical nutrition for the temporary field hospital that was set up at Worcester’s DCU Center convention facility to care for COVID-19 patients.
Julia Hanlon ’10 and Alistair Wilson ’11 Collaborate on A Film to Benefit Young Athletes in Ethiopia
Julia Hanlon ’10 and Alistair Wilson ’11 threw their hearts into Bekoji 100, a 14-minute documentary they made to support the Girls Gotta Run Foundation’s program in Bekoji, Ethiopia. When the pandemic canceled film festivals where their passion project would have screened, they decided to release the award-winning film online.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic prevented Concord Academy alumnae/i from returning to campus, it did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm for reconnecting with classmates, faculty and staff, and fellow CA graduates as part of the school’s first Virtual Reunion. More than 225 alumnae/i joined via videoconference as CA hosted three special reunion programs, the annual Alumnae/i Association Assembly, and 13 virtual class gatherings for reunion classes over four days in early June.
Commencement 2020: Virtual Ceremony Recognizes Real Achievement, and Speaker Ambassador Samantha Power Offers a Simple Suggestion for Individual Action
In Concord Academy’s 98th year, Commencement didn’t exactly resemble the annual ceremony we’re accustomed to. The Covid-19 pandemic may have kept the 98 honorees from physically attending the ceremony, but their presence was felt. A mixture of prerecorded video and live remarks and student recognition for diplomas allowed CA to preserve many of the hallmarks that distinguish the school’s graduation ceremony. And Ambassador Samantha Power, by livestream, offered words of wisdom for the class of 2020.
Dear CA Community, In the week since the murder of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of a white police officer, our community has mourned and marched alongside many across the United States, and the world. Floyd’s death follows too many others in a history of...
The closure of CA’s campus in March presented a challenge for CA’s admissions cycle. To help welcome a new class in the fall, CA faculty and students have recorded videos about the courses they teach and activities they’re involved in. They have also shared course syllabi, examples of student work, and current senior projects.
The dizzying rate at which AI is being adopted, mostly behind the scenes, has meant that wariness has accompanied increasing public awareness. In this article, four CA alumnae/i discuss the technology’s potential, as well as the urgency of considering human outcomes and unintended consequences as it develops.
This spring, much of the world stopped. This historic moment required CA to adapt quickly (one of our strengths, as the chameleon teaches us), and we have benefited from being guided by our mission during a time of fear, sorrow, and great uncertainty. Learn about how CA is maintaining community and mission across physical distance.