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NMH kicking off Franklin County graduation season with virtual commencement

  • Members of the Northfield Mount Hermon School Class of 2017 proceed to their commencement. This year’s commencement will be held virtually. Staff File Photo/Matt Burkhartt

Staff Writer
Published: 5/22/2020 2:04:01 PM
Modified: 5/22/2020 2:03:49 PM

GILL — For the first time in its 137 years of graduation ceremonies, commencement for Northfield Mount Hermon School’s Class of 2020 will be held virtually on Sunday.

Commencement and the four days of Commencement Week leading up to it are made up of a mix of live video conference gatherings and pre-recorded videos that are released online at a set time, according to NMH’s website. Links to the live events were included in email invitations.

“These graduates are embarking on a journey quite different from the one they likely envisioned for themselves,” Head of School Brian Hargrove said in a statement on NMH’s website. “We look forward to the day we can safely celebrate in person, yet on May 24, we will all rise to the occasion just as the Class of 2020 has done over the past few months.”

Sunday night’s commencement program starts at 7:30 p.m. with a video conference meeting for graduates with Hargrove. At 8 p.m., the commencement ceremony itself will be made available as a pre-recorded video. Then at 9:15 p.m. a reception party with Hargrove and faculty members will be held via video conference.

Commencement Week events — speeches by students, performances and other traditional events — have been running online since Wednesday.

Class orators Isabel Jin May and Ronald Si Hang Wang spoke in pre-recorded videos that were released Wednesday afternoon. Salutatorians Ella Bathory-Peeler and Laura Wu spoke in pre-recorded videos Thursday afternoon, and Valedictorian Maia Castro-Santos spoke in a pre-recorded video Friday afternoon.

A farewell concert by the Select Women’s Ensemble and NMH Singers was released Friday at noon. Additionally, the Senior Honors Recital will be released Saturday at 5 p.m., featuring Ryan Lee and Ethan Sheppard on piano, Lilyanne Dorilas on violin and Marina Keator as mezzo soprano.

Awards will be announced Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in pre-recorded videos.

Reach Max Marcus at or 413-930-4231.

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