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NCAA Transgender Swimmer Schuyler Bailar Brings His Inspiring Story to Concord Academy

May 21, 2019

Why do we give attention to people who are coming out as trans or LGBTQ? How does doing so either normalize or sensationalize their existence? These are some of the candid, hard-to-frame questions that Concord Academy students had the opportunity to ask on May 16 of visiting speaker Schuyler Bailar, the first openly transgender athlete to compete on a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 men’s team.

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Upcoming Performing Arts Events

May 8, 2019

We invite the entire CA community to join us for the following spring performing arts events. Details and ticket information are listed below. For ticket reservations, please contact

What the Spotlight Shows: 2018–19 Hall Fellow Josh Duboff ’04 on Celebrity Journalism

May 8, 2019

“I’ve always been greatly interested in the trappings of celebrity,” says Josh Duboff ’04, a senior writer for Vanity Fair and a leading voice in celebrity journalism. In addition to writing about actors, musicians, and influencers, he has a keen interest in the people who surround and support famous individuals. Duboff shared his insights into reporting on entertainment and popular culture as Concord Academy’s 2018–19 Hall Fellow on March 27 and 28.

CA Students Host First Concord Academy Women in Technology Conference

May 7, 2019

From coding to career advice, Concord Academy’s first Women in Technology (CA WiT) conference, Taking Crtl 2019, engaged participants in thought-provoking discussion and hands-on experiences. Taking place throughout the day on Saturday, April 27, this first annual conference brought together female and nonbinary high school and middle school students through a shared interest in technology. WiT introduced younger students to concepts and skills and supported and empowered students already passionate about entering the field.

Commencement Schedule and Notes for Senior Parents

May 7, 2019

A schedule of activities and details for Baccalaureate on Thursday, May 30, and Commencement on Friday, May 31, can be found on our website. Note that the Baccalaureate performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, after a reception. 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 a.m. A reception with light refreshments will follow immediately after the ceremony. The festivities conclude at about 1 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 were distributed to seniors in April. Seniors may request additional invitations from Renee Coburn in the Student Life office.

Gallery Talks at the Concord Museum on Thursday, May 9

May 7, 2019

Please join us for a series of gallery talks that serve as the culminating project in Kim Frederick’s Concord History course, offered in partnership with the Concord Museum. Students will showcase the skills and knowledge developed over this semester to interpret Concord’s history through objects in the Concord Museum collection. The event will take place on Thursday, May 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center at the Concord Museum and is free of charge. We hope to see you there!

Claudia Rankine Event Rescheduled for Wednesday, May 15

May 7, 2019

We are happy to share that author and poet Claudia Rankine has rescheduled her visit to CA. We hope you’ll join fellow members of the CA community to hear Claudia discuss the making of her book, Citizen, and a book signing after her talk. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 15, in the Dance Studio with a talk at 7:00 p.m. and a book signing with light refreshments following at 8:00 p.m. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

John Drew P’15 ’19, Assistant Head and Academic Dean, to Speak at CA’s Commencement

May 6, 2019

This year’s Commencement speaker will be John Drew P’15 ’19, assistant head and academic dean. For the last 21 years, John has served Concord Academy with the utmost distinction. He has contributed to CA as a teacher in the Science Department, a house faculty member, a coach, a department head, and, perhaps most importantly, as the parent of two wonderful children, Sophie ’15 and Nate ’19, with his wife Gianna. Most recently, he has served as Academic Dean and as a close and reliable partner as Assistant Head of School. Over these past two decades, he has enriched our community with his dedicated work ethic, his wise insight, his steadfast integrity, and his wry good humor. Outside of the classroom, John is an avid long-distance runner, having completed numerous cross-country runs and ultra-marathons. Starting this fall, John will serve as the new Head of the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, N.H. Given his long history at CA, his deep commitment to students, and in particular his connection with the Class of 2019, John is an especially fitting speaker for this wonderful occasion.

CA Turns 97!

May 6, 2019

On April 22, Concord Academy turned 97 years old! We celebrated on campus with a cupcake truck full of birthday goodies for everyone! See some photos of the celebration here.

Wheelchair Accessibility and Handicapped Parking Needs for Commencement

May 6, 2019

Please contact Katie Wells as soon as possible if you or your guests need handicapped parking or wheelchair accessibility for Commencement. Families with guests who would appreciate a ride on a golf cart to the Chapel Lawn may drop them off at Aloian Circle and then proceed to park. Staff will be directing parking.

Join Us for the Premiere of Deerstalker!

May 5, 2019

CA alumnae/i are invited to join us for the premiere of <em>Deerstalker</em>, CA’s fourth feature film production, on Friday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, complete with a red carpet event! Please email for seat reservations!