The Hill School will hold its 171st Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 28. The Baccalaureate service begins at 9 a.m. in the Alumni Chapel followed by the Commencement ceremony on the Quadrangle, beginning approximately at 10 a.m. We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of the Class of 2022 with family and friends. A livestream of the ceremony will be available via The Hill’s website.
Delivering this year’s Commencement address will be Ned Ide P’09 ’13, Edward C. Congdon '04 Senior Master Teacher of English and 23-year member of Hill’s faculty. At the conclusion of this academic year, Mr. Ide will depart Hill and move on to teach at the Salisbury School in Connecticut, where his teaching career began.
Throughout his years at Hill, and in his 38 years of service as an educator in the public and private school arenas, Mr. Ide has left an indelible mark in the lives of his students, colleagues, and friends. Within The Hill community, he has been involved in every aspect of life during his tenure and is considered a true “triple threat” in the boarding school world. His roles and responsibilities for Hill have included serving as an instructor of English and journalism at all levels; English Department Chair and Academic Committee Member from 2006 to 2016; student adviser; faculty adviser to both the Dial and Hill News from 1999 to 2008; director of the Critical Friends, a group peer-to-peer professional development program; and designer of the co-curricular program, The Media Artist Collaborative. Mr. Ide has also designed curriculum and course initiatives for American Studies, Journalism, and the School’s post-graduate program and helped coordinate the implementation and oversight of the Humphrey Family Writing Center from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Ide was also the 2007 recipient of the School’s prestigious Brody Fellowship Prize for Outstanding Teaching. He has offered presentations on a variety of topics related to teaching and professional development for NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) and PAIS (Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools), and has been a featured author in several scholarly newsletters.
In addition, Mr. Ide has supported Hill Athletics at both the varsity and junior varsity levels. He served as head coach of the varsity boys’ lacrosse program from 2000 to 2013 and again in 2018, and currently serves as an assistant coach. He also was an assistant head coach for varsity football for 17 years.
Mr. Ide, and his wife, Becky Smith, Ph.D., a former Hill faculty member, served as longtime dorm parents in Foster Dormitory from 1999-2013. They are the proud parents of two Hill graduates, Hanna Smith-Ide ’09 and Nate Smith-Ide ’13.
Prior to joining Hill’s faculty in 1999, Mr. Ide served as a teacher, mentor, and coach at Thayer Academy (Mass.), Suffield Academy (Conn.), the Winchendon School (Mass.), and Contoocook Valley Regional High School (N.H.), where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1997. Mr. Ide is a graduate of Trinity College, where he was a literary writing major and earned All-American lacrosse and All-New England football distinctions.