Photo by: TJ Shaw '18
Sunday, May 28, 2017 was an emotional day.
Many time-honored traditions carried on: the academic procession was led by the faculty; current students followed; finally seniors processed in, preceded by The Manchester Pipe Band.
Headmaster Kenneth H. LaRocque shared an invocation prayer, and talented members of various singing groups on campus performed a moving tribute to the Armed Services.
This year, Rece Davis P'15, sports television journalist, anchor on SportsCenter, and host of various programs on ESPN, was Avon's commencement speaker. In his address, Davis shared with the Men of Avon many lessons he has learned in his career - many of which had the takeaway of not just standing by and waiting for things to happen, but to aspire and persevere and take an active role. Fittingly, the summer reading for the student body is Toughness, by Jay Bilas, an ESPN basketball analyst.
After the commencement address, Headmaster LaRocque handed out some of Avon's most prestigious awards, including the Scholar of Distinction, the 12th Grade Prize for Academic Excellence, the Award for Earnest and Persistent Effort, the Award For Outstanding Improvement in the Academic Area, the George A. Murray Cup, The Student Council Spirit Award, Founder's Medals, the Order of Old Farms, and The F. Reed Estabrook, Jr. '36 Award. This year's Cashion Faculty Award went to English Department Chair Trevor Stern.
After the awards, it was time: Assistant Headmaster John T. Gardner took the podium for the presentation of diplomas, which were handed out by Chairman of the Board of Directors Martin I. Cole H'16, P'04. When Scott Andrew Ziegler took his final steps across the stage, and the singing of Men of Avon was completed, graduation caps were flung triumphantly into the air.
Commencement Weekend also featured the Commencement Concert and the Senior Awards Ceremony.
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