Commencement 2017

The great class of 2017 embarks on new adventures

 

August 3, 2017
Play VideoStudent shakes Principals Lisa MacFarlane's hand while accepting his degree.

Nearly 3,000 people gathered on the Academy lawn on Sunday, June 4, to celebrate Exeter’s 236th graduating class. In her welcome to these families and friends, Isabella “Bella” Edo ’17 spoke of the challenge she and other graduates had in “balancing the excitement and anxiety” conjured by reaching such a milestone.

“Today,” she said, “we are signifying the end of adolescence and the beginning of adulthood, and that’s terrifying, but also exhilarating.” Edo and her 321 classmates make up the largest graduating class in almost 20 years, one that Principal Lisa MacFarlane ’66 (Hon.); P’09, P’13, described in her speech as “a class that sings — figuratively as well as literally. … You take action that extends Harkness beyond the classroom and into the world.”

Good luck to the class of 2017. You will be missed. We hope that you will return often to your home here at Exeter.

Isabella Edo (left) smiles as Carissa Chen and Aivant Goyal receive the Perry Cup.

Through failure, we've learned that just because something doesn't work out the first time, doesn't mean you shouldn't try again. This effort and diligence is evident in all disciplines the members of this class are involved in."
Isabella Edo '17

Graduation prizes

The Yale Cup, awarded each year by the Aurelian Honor Society of Yale University to the member of the senior class who best combines the highest standards of character and leadership with excellence in his studies and in athletics:

Benjamin Swett, Exeter, New Hampshire

 

The Ruth and Paul Sadler ’23 Cup, awarded each year to that member of the senior class who best combines the highest standards of character and leadership with excellence in her studies and in athletics:

Isabella Edo, Boxford, Massachusetts

 

The Perry Cup, established by the class of 1945 in honor of Dr. Lewis Perry, eighth principal of the Academy, and given annually to a senior who has shown outstanding qualities of leadership and school spirit:

Carissa Chen, Tustin, California

Aivant Goyal, Overland Park, Kansas

 

The Williams Cup, established in memory of George Lynde Richardson Jr. ’37, and given annually to a student who, having been in the Academy four years, has, by personal qualities, brought distinction to Phillips Exeter:

Hillary Aristotle, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

The Eskie Clark Award, given annually to that scholarship student in the graduating class who, through hard work and perseverance, has excelled in both athletics and scholarship in a manner exemplified by Eskie Clark of the class of 1919:

Autumn Herness, Wausaukee, Wisconsin

 

The Thomas H. Cornell Award, based on a vote by the senior class, is awarded annually at graduation to that member of the graduating class who best exemplifies the Exeter spirit:

Eric Tang, El Cerrito, California

 

The Multicultural Leadership Prize is awarded annually to the member of the graduating class who has most significantly contributed to educating the community about, and fostering greater understanding around, topics of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, ability, religion, spirituality and other aspects of identity.

Lauren Wilson, Southfield, Michigan

 

The Cox Medals, given by Oscar S. Cox Esq., in memory of his father, Jacob Cox, are awarded each year to the five members of the graduating class who, having been two or more years in the Academy, have attained the highest scholastic rank:

Hoyeon “Kelly” Lew, Exeter, New Hampshire

Xiaoyu “Sally” Ma, Shanghai, China

Joanna Papadakis, North Hampton, New Hampshire

Alec Sun, Lexington, Massachusetts

Eric Tang, El Cerrito, California

 

The Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence, given to that member of the graduating class who, having been two or more years in the Academy, is recognized on the basis of scholarship as holding the first rank:

Joanna Papadakis, North Hampton, New Hampshire

Shared on Social

See a selection of favorite moments from graduation and the preceding week.

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And certainly, among the qualities I admire most in all the Exonians I have met — and this amply includes you, class of 2017 — is the restless questioning, the fierce curiosity, the eagerness-to-know qualities that Harkness inspires."
Principal Lisa MacFarlane
There have been many changes at the Academy, challenges and opportunities, and bittersweet endings and new beginnings, and you have handled them not only with intelligence ... but also with maturity and generosity and grace."
Principal Lisa MacFarlane

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the summer 2017 issue of The Exeter Bulletin.