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Prefects encourage community building at first virtual convocation

James Hess and Karen Wu August 25, 2020

As the community united to watch the eighth annual all-school convocation over Vimeo livestream Sunday, Head Prefects Jonathan Cosgrove ’21 and Cleo Maloney ’21 encouraged students to make the best...

Commons addresses school

Students, faculty convene for seventh annual all-school convocation

Melody Tang August 26, 2019

The school community gathered today for the seventh annual all-school convocation on Ted Slavin field to celebrate the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. Along with speeches from select administrators,...

Head Prefect Ryan Stanford '18 speaks about courage at convocation. Credit: Noah Aire/Chronicle

Prefects emphasize self acceptance, courage at sixth annual all-school convocation

Ethan Lachman and Lucas Lee August 27, 2018

Head prefects Ryan Stanford ’19 and Kevin Chen ’19 spoke about the importance of courage and being comfortable with oneself as middle and upper school students joined at the sixth annual all-school...

Community of Convocation

Vishan Chaudhary August 30, 2017

Convocation has become a staple of the first day of school, as every year students and faculty from both campuses congregate as one group. It helps foster a sense of community that the school would otherwise...

President Rick Commons shakes Head Prefect Matt Thomas's '17 hand after Thomas concludes his speech at the fourth annual convocation ceremony. Credit: Aaron Park/Chronicle

Convocation invests prefects, honors 25th anniversary

August 29, 2016

As the fourth annual all-school convocation ceremony Monday celebrated the 25th year of the union of the Harvard School for Boys and the Westlake School for Girls, Head Prefects Matt Thomas '17 and Cate...

Prefect Lexi Block '17 reads a biblical passage at this year's Christmas Convocation. Credit: Claire Dennis/Chronicle

School holds annual Christmas Convocation

Claire Dennis December 19, 2015

The Christmas Convocation: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in St. Saviour’s Chapel signaled the beginning of the Christmas season Dec. 13. Some students, alumni, parents, faculty and administrators...

Convocation unites both campuses

Henry Vogel September 1, 2015

  President Rick Commons invested this year’s senior prefects during the Opening Convocation Aug. 31, where head prefects Grace Pan ’16 and Hunter Brookman ’16 instructed the student body...

Commons sums up mission in 26 words

Zoe Dutton September 3, 2014

The new mission statement emphasizes the importance of "joyful" learning in addition to academic excellence. President Rick Commons spoke about the statement at Opening Convocation on Tuesday. He first...

Pretzels, new mission highlight opening convocation

Sammi Handler September 2, 2014

During the second ever all-school opening convocation Tuesday, President Rick Commons announced the new mission statement, focusing on community and a joyful pursuit of excellence. Commons first cited...

2014-2015 convocation to follow Labor Day

Noa Yadidi December 18, 2013

School will begin next fall with the second all-school opening convocation Sept. 2, the day after Labor Day. After the first-ever all-school opening convocation this year, the administration decided to...

All-school convocation begins school year

Marcella Park August 27, 2013

The first-ever all-school opening convocation Tuesday morning included the investiture of a new president, the announcement of a new character theme for the year and the investiture of this year’s upper...

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