On Saturday, May 29, 2021, amidst cold and rainy conditions, The Hill School celebrated its 170th Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises. This year's Commencement Ceremony took place in a new location on the Quadrangle and was an emotional culmination to a very challenging yet rewarding school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the ceremony, 147 students received their Hill School diplomas.
Prior to the Commencement ceremony, the Baccalaureate service was held in the Alumni Chapel where Headmaster Zachary G. Lehman P’16 ’18 addressed the sixth form class. Due to crowd capacity restrictions, parents could watch a livestream of the service from their seats on the Quad, the Center For The Arts, or in the Dining Hall.
Led by their form advisers, Athey Family Master of Classics Ed Turner and Instructor of English Larissa Snyder, the Class of 2021 processed through a faculty gauntlet outside the Ryan Library, led by Senior Master of Science Mark Nelson P’10 ‘13, Commencement Marshall, with the ceremonious sounds of bagpipes filling the air.
During the Commencement ceremony, the graduates were addressed by Headmaster Zack Lehman P’16 ’18; James T. Olson ’21, Sixth Form Commencement Speaker; and Retiring Chairman of the Board of Trustees Preston G. Athey ’67, who delivered this year's commencement address.