Commencement 2018

General Information

We are pleased to announce New Hampton School's 197th Commencement and hope you can join us in celebrating the Class of 2018 on May 25th. We hope you will find here all the information you require to make this special day successful but if we can be of further assistance please let us know!

Location/Time: May 25th, 2018 ~ 9:45am ~ Meservey Lawn

Inclement Weather Policy: In the event of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in the Field House. There is no limit to the number of guests graduates may invite whether the ceremony is inside or outside. Tickets are not required.

Livestream: Do you have a family member who will be unable to attend graduation? Senior Awards, Baccalaureate, and Commencement will be broadcast live free of charge via the internet from our Livestream channel.

Thursday, May 24th

5:00pm | Senior Awards | Lower Gym

6:00pm | Senior Dinner | Memorial Dining Hall (Dinner Registration)

7:00pm | Baccalaureate | McEvoy Theater

9:00pm | Class of 2018 Evening Activity (Required)

Friday, May 25th

9:45am | Commencement Exercises | Meservey Lawn (Rain location: Lower Gym)

Post-Ceremony, there will be a light lunch buffet served in Memorial Dining Hall.


We will photograph the Senior Awards, Baccalaureate, and Commencement and photos will be available to download through the New Hampton School Flickr page. Watch for details in the weekly parent e-newsletter following graduation.

2018 Guest Speaker

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  • Philip W. Sawyer '68

    New Hampton School is thrilled to welcome alumnus Philip W. Sawyer '68 as the 2018 Commencement Speaker. Today, he is recognized as a leading expert in communications effectiveness and works independently as a communications consultant following a longtime career in public relations, public-opinion and marketing research. A frequent speaker on advertising topics, his presentation, The Ten Principles of Effective Advertising, has been delivered at conferences and forums throughout the country, as well as Europe and Asia. An extensive writer on the topic of advertising effectiveness, he has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Automotive News, Automotive News, Adweek, Advertising Age, and Brandweek, to name a few.
    Mr. Sawyer’s past career highlights include varied and accomplished positions such as the Director of Starch Advertising Research, a division of GfK Custom Research North America; editor of Starch Tested Copy, a highly respected newsletter on advertising effectiveness; Director of Communications for Roper Starch Worldwide (prior to its acquisition by GfK); Director of Research for Peter Small & Associates, a public relations firm in New York; media advisor in the 1984 congressional campaign in the 8th district of Pennsylvania; a writer/researcher in Washington, D.C., employed both by the Commerce Department under President Reagan and the Executive Office of the President (during the Carter Administration); and, for five years, a university instructor of writing, literature, and film.
    Philip W. Sawyer was a four-year student at New Hampton School, residing in Berry, Lewis, Pillars and Caswell. As a student, he played football, tennis and basketball, acted in school plays, and served on student council. He will celebrate his 50th New Hampton School Class Reunion this June.


Please contact Stacey Wills, School Events Manager at or 603-677-3415.

Senior Bricks

For the past 20 years, an area has been commemorated for each graduating class. These areas are made up of a brick walkway engraved with the names of each graduating student. This year's sitting area will be dedicated on Friday, May 18th. Parents are encouraged to honor their child's graduation by purchasing a brick engraved with their child's name as a permanent part of the campus.
Bricks are $45 each. Payment may be submitted through the Payment Portal. If you choose to use the Payment Portal, please indicate the payment type as "Other" and the "Other Specification" as Senior Brick. Also include your student's name as it should appear on the brick (please use a middle initial, if desired, rather than a full name.)
If you would prefer to mail a check, please make the check payable to New Hampton School and indicate on the check memo line that payment is for the Class of 2018 Senior Brick. Please write your student's name as it should appear on the brick in an attached note.
Checks may be mailed to:
New Hampton School 
Business Office
70 Main Street  New Hampton, NH 03256.
Questions? Please contact Kay McMahon by email or 603-677-3433.
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