Cochran Chapel at Commencement
June 08, 2022

Andover’s 244th Commencement

307 in the Class of 2022 earn diplomas

In a spirit-filled Commencement ceremony—the school’s 244th—307 members of the Class of 2022 graduated Sunday, June 5.

Some 3,000 guests attended the exercises, which took place in front of Samuel Phillips Hall on the Richard T. Greener Quadrangle. The traditional procession of trustees, faculty emeriti, faculty, and seniors was led by the stirring sounds of Clan MacPherson Pipes and Drums. The jubilant seniors each carried a red Abbot rose.

Head of School Raynard S. Kington, MD, PD, P’24, imparted the following to the graduates:

“First, I ask that you seek out the sensation of being thrown, knowing that it can often lead to something better than accepting a more comfortable alternative. Second, I ask that you do the work to maintain the sense of curiosity and hope and optimism about people and the world as you throw yourself into your next adventure. Good luck and godspeed.”

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Kington also announced the five major prizes traditionally awarded at Commencement:

  • Samuel Elliott — Non Sibi Award: to the student who has honored Phillips Academy’s non sibi (not for self) tradition through their efforts on behalf of others
  • Charlotte Whitehurst — Yale Bowl: to the member of the senior class who has attained the highest proficiency in scholarship and athletics
  • William Yue — Faculty Prize: for outstanding scholarship during the senior year
  • Myra Bhathena — Madame Sarah Abbot Award: to a young woman for strong character, leadership and outstanding scholarship
  • Emiliano Cáceres Manzano — Aurelian Honor Society Award: for sterling character, high scholarship and forceful leadership

Commencement Weekend festivities kicked off Thursday, June 2, with our Community Convocation, where seniors reflected on the past four years. Friday saw students celebrate at Promenade, while Saturday afternoon offered one last chance for student musicians to perform in Cochran Chapel at the Senior Concert. Once the sun had set Saturday night, graduates and their families returned to Cochran Chapel for the candlelight Baccalaureate ceremony.

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