Berkshire Holds 110th Commencement Ceremony

Berkshire said farewell to 120 sixth formers who received some final words of advice during Berkshire School's 110th Commencement held on Friday, May 26.

The farewell ceremony began in the usual tradition, as bagpipers led the graduates, faculty and guests through a crowd of family and friends gathered at the Jackman L. Stewart Athletic Center. Head of School Pieter Mulder addressed the class of 2017 for the final time, saying the students had left a special mark on the Berkshire community.

"I want to share my appreciation and deep respect for your outstanding leadership, for the bonds that you've built with each other that will forever link your class together, and for setting a standard of scholarship and character, humility, and excellence that all the students seated behind you will strive to carry forward next year," Mulder said.

Chosen by his classmates as this year's Weil Prize Speaker, sixth former Ben Dixon used the opportunity to urge underclassmen to "do more."

"I find myself jealous of all of the returners," Dixon said. "You have more nights at Shawn's [Place], more all school speeches, more dorm snacks, more time with our incredible faculty, more mountain days, more time. So, if I could leave all of you underformers with one thing, it would be to enjoy it, because unfortunately, it will be over before you know it."

Math Department chair Jasper Turner was awarded the Aliis Non Sibi Award, which recognizes a member of the faculty who lives up to the motto, "for others, not themselves." The award recipient is selected by members of the graduating class.

Author Warren Berger delivered the commencement address and told students to ask a lot of questions.

"The world right now is full of problems and challenges that need answers," said Berger, "so we really need the next generation to be asking the right questions. Be the one who wonders why things are the way they are, who imagines what if it might be different, and then who tries to make that real. Those are the people who are going to change the world."

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