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Live an Attentive Life:Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean John Drew P’15 ’19 Gives Parting Commencement Address in CA’s 97th Year

June 04, 2019

On May 31, a day of hope and promise, Concord Academy celebrated its 97th graduating class. A mixture of solemnity and high spirits marked the occasion, on which Assistant Head and Academic Dean John Drew P’15 ’19, soon to depart CA to become the head of the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, N.H., delivered the Commencement address. Some of his advice for CA’s newly minted alumnae/i: “Being awake to your surroundings is essential. You and the world both need that attention and connection.”

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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.

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.

Red and Blue Day 2019

May 4, 2019

The tradition continues! This year’s surprise announcement of Red and Blue Day came on May 3. Students played games of cornhole and Spikeball, ran sponge bucket relays and three-legged races on the fields, played dodgeball in the SHAC, and roamed the campus in a scavenger hunt. After a light drizzle became a harder rain, everyone headed into the gym, where students took turns cheering for their teams and faced off in the final contests of the day: several rounds of rock, paper, scissors and tug-of-war. At the end of the afternoon, with a 10-point lead, the blue team carried the day. Many thanks to Student Head of School Ananya Pani, Student Vice Head of School Owen Elton, and Student Council for their efforts over more than a month to plan the event, and to all the faculty and staff who contributed. View photos from the field day in our Red and Blue Day gallery.

CA Parents Coffee & Conversation Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.

April 23, 2019

Please join CA Parents tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24, to meet some new faces from our community while you enjoy coffee and conversation. The event will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Ransome Room. Jill Seeber P’22 will speak briefly about her work as an immigration lawyer, followed by questions and plenty of time for mingling and casual conversation. You may RSVP here.

Spring Parent Class Socials

April 23, 2019

Ring in spring with fellow CA parents! Mark your calendar for spring parent socials. These gatherings provide a wonderful opportunity to mingle with new and familiar faces over great food and conversation. Questions? Please contact Meredith Walsh, parent program officer, at