In his first address to students, Head of School Matt Levinson P '21 shares his perspective on what it means to "hit the brakes."
On Sunday, June 10, in the company of families, trustees, administrators, faculty and staff, and friends, the Class of 2018 received their diplomas, turned their tassels, and processed through the doors of Pingry, primed to begin the next phase of their lives.
The school's 138 newest alumni will continue their academic careers at 72 different colleges and universities, across the United States and abroad—and three will take gap years before doing so.
Among the highlights of the ceremony—Pingry's 157th Commencement Exercises—Board of Trustees Chair Jeff Edwards '78 presented The Cyril and Beatrice Baldwin Pingry Family Citizen of the Year Award to former Trustee Terry and his wife Polly O'Toole, parents of Brian '08 and Maggie '05, a current Trustee. The O'Tooles were instrumental in starting the squash program at Pingry and were lead donors contributing to the School's current squash facility in the new Bugliari Athletics Center. Their decades of support have made an invaluable impact on the squash program and on Pingry student athletes.
Pingry Alumni Association President Woody Weldon '91, P '23 presented the Letter-in-Life Award—the highest award given by the PAA to an alumnus or alumna who has earned distinction and achievement in his or her professional life and, by doing so, has brought honor to Pingry—to Dr. Elizabeth H. Simmons '81. The award's first female recipient, she has dedicated her life to the study and teaching of physics.
After paying tribute to the 19 seniors who entered Pingry in Kindergarten and are now members of the "Thirteen Year Club," Headmaster Nat Conard presented Clyde Leef '18 with the Magistri Laudandi Award, for being the student who champions the greater good and cares the most about helping all succeed. Josephine Cummings '18 was the recipient of The Class of 1902 Emblem Award, for having the greatest amount of school spirit.
Stay tuned for additional highlights from Commencement 2018, including memorable remarks from Headmaster Nat Conard, senior faculty member Miller A. Bugliari '52, Class President Josie Cummings '18, Student Body President Michael Weber '18, and Valedictorian Alyssa Chen '18, as well as a slideshow capturing poignant candids from the day.
Congratulations, Class of 2018. We wish you well. Keep in touch!
Honors from the Athletics Awards and Senior Awards Ceremonies
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