Rain clouds that had been stubbornly hovering over campus all weekend parted for Sunday’s resplendent 123rd Commencement ceremony in Yard A.
The site of Christ School’s original grounds was covered in sunshine as the Class of 2023 exited the front doors of Wetmore Hall. Noah Hunt ’24 led the morning procession at 10:15 sharp, with the Angelus Bell tolling 123 times.
This year’s graduates are a distinguished group of 68 boys who will attend colleges in 20 different states. Together, the seniors were awarded $2.7 million in scholarships and 22 of them signed to play college sports.
Valedictorian Rocky Hansen ’23, Teacher of the Year Mike Mohney P’23, and Head of School Dr. Sean Jenkins spoke Sunday. Dr. Jenkins reminded the graduates that it is their obligation to share the essence and core values of Greenies with the outside world.
"You've exemplified the best of Christ School. In the same way, you will spread the spirit of this place in the world, which desperately needs you and desperately needs more Greenies in it." - Dr. Jenkins. pic.twitter.com/KuDs0BChUQ— Christ School (@christschool) May 21, 2023
“Your opportunities are limitless, and our society needs your principle-centered leadership, courage, kindness, and optimism. You've exemplified the best of Christ School,” Dr. Jenkins said.
“In the same way, you will spread the spirit of this place in the world, which desperately needs you and desperately needs more Greenies in it. Congratulations, Class of 2023. May you bring light where before you there was darkness. May God bless and keep you, and may God bless Christ School.”
The 2022-23 school year began last August with a record enrollment of 300 boys and will also be remembered fondly as the first year since the COVID-19 pandemic in which every tradition was restored, including international trips.