Baccalaureate 2018 was hosted in McEvoy Theater on May 24.

The Eve Before Commencement 2018: Celebration and Reflection

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Senior Awards

For the second year in a row, New Hampton School celebrated the Class of 2018 with a Senior Awards Ceremony followed by an intimate Baccalaureate gathering for the Class of 2018 and their families. The Senior Awards ceremony recognized individual students (and one faculty) for exceptional contributions in specific areas to the school.

Students, faculty and family joined together on May 24 to honor the achievements of the class of 2018.
Senior Awards are an all-school event hosted in the Field House prior to Senior Dinner and Baccalaureate.

Senior Dinner

Between celebratory events, graduates and their families joined together in Memorial Dining Hall for Senior Class Dinner. A highlight of the evening, and a thoughtful tradition at New Hampton School, were the “Greens for Graduation”. Several weeks ago, the students and faculty planted greens, from seed, in the New Hampton School greenhouse. On Thursday morning, the greens were harvested by students and faculty and served at the dinner, a unique way for the school community to honor the graduating class.


Baccalaureate was held in McEvoy Theater with the Class of 2018, their families, and faculty. Four students were selected to speak on behalf of their class: Cory Lyons (Reading, Massachusetts), Griffen Goldstock (Pine Bush, New York), Kaleb Davis (Cedar Hill, Texas) and YeJin Na (Seoul, Republic of Korea). In addition, there were several musical performances by graduates, including “Yesterday” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, performed by Ray Aley, Drew Honeycutt and Jackson Keyser.

Students perform final song selections for their classmates during Baccalaureate.
Seniors celebrate their Baccalaureate with speeches and musical performances.

Faculty Insight

The graduating class elected Greg Ladd, History Faculty and Men’s Varsity Baseball Coach, to address the class. Mr. Ladd shared insight into his own college experience and urged graduates to take advantage of all of the resources available to them upon entering a new environment. “There will be always be someone out there, a teacher, a coach, a friend, who believes in you and your goals,” said Ladd. “I encourage each of you to find those mentors in college and know that it is okay to lean on others when you need help.”

In addition, he reminded the Class of 2018 that while they cannot control everything, they do have a choice in the time and energy they dedicated to achieving their goals. “You each have the choice to put in work outside of the ordinary, and I challenge you to do so, because to me, there was no greater feeling than accomplishing a goal and knowing that I earned it through the work I put in.” Ladd’s messages to the seniors were simple yet meaningful statements reflecting on the friends and the moments that he still remembers from his own collegiate experience. His closing message to the Class of 2018 was to “be present, be yourself, and believe in your goals.”

Greg Ladd speaks to the Class of 2018 at Baccalaureate on May 24.
The Class of 2018 dedicated this year’s Belfry to faculty member Greg Ladd.

Congratulations to the following Seniors recognized for their outstanding contributions to their class and New Hampton School.

Cum Laude Society
Charles-Emmanuel Ba Oumar
Kym Khoa (Karina) Nguyen
Mairead Ryan

Ralph S. O’Connor Excellence in Teaching Prize
Luke Tobin

Joe Plaia Male Athlete
Bradley Shaw

Joe Plaia Female Athlete
Eva Hodgson

Golden-Tilton Post-Graduate Award
Guthrie Little

Presidential Service Award
Noah Dumont
Kym Khoa (Karina) Nguyen
Aidan Hammond

Visual Arts Award
Lili (Shirley) Xu

Performing Arts Award
Mikayla Williams

English Department Award
Charles-Emmanuel Ba Oumar

History Department Award
Keenan Fitzmorris

Mathematics Department Award
Zhiqi (Evelyn) Liu

Science Department Award
Mairead Ryan

World Language Department Award
Kyra Leland

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