Family and friends of the class of 2013 who gathered for commencement exercises on the lawn of Sharpe House on Thursday, May 23 were joined for the first time by others who could not be on campus for the ceremony. Blair’s 165th Commencement was live cast for the first time on Blair’s LiveStream channel.
Click the photos on the right to view them larger, and click here to view more photos from the day. To watch a video of the ceremony, click "play" below.
Blair's 165th Commencement Exercises from Blair Academy on Vimeo
Following a welcome by Senior Class Council members Annelies Browse ’13 and Fletcher Kirby ’13, faculty awards and appointments to the service academies were announced. Headmaster Chan Hardwick presented a number of student prizes before class speaker Ziqi An ’13 addressed her fellow classmates.
After Ziqi’s speech, the seniors received their diplomas, becoming alumni of the School. Following Mr. Hardwick's final remarks and a quick benediction by Rev. Cynthia Crowner, Griffin Beriont ’13, who carried the class flag, led the class of 2013 through the Arch one last time. Following the ceremony, the graduates enjoyed a luncheon with classmates, family and friends before leaving campus later that afternoon.
Blair congratulates the new graduates and wishes them the best of luck going forward. The School would also like to recognize those students who won prizes at the commencement exercises:
THE BLAIR ACADEMY TROPHY is awarded in recognition of the member of the Senior Class with the highest all-around achievement. Presented by the Class of 1950 in memory of Mrs. Peter F. Troy, mother of a member of the Class.
Jonathan Kearney Januszewski
THE HEADMASTER’S PRIZE is awarded to the student in the Senior Class who has conspicuously displayed loyalty to the school, outstanding leadership, a fine influence in sportsmanship, and Blair spirit in athletic competition.
Adetutu Omotomirera Fagbenle
THE GEORGE P. JENKINS ’32 PRIZE is awarded each year to the Valedictorian of the graduating class.
To read more about graduation week activies, follow the links below.
Monday, May 20, 2013: Senior Prize Assembly
Wednesday, May 22, 2013: Baccalaureate service
Wednesday, May 22, 2013: Class of 2013 Assembly