Commencement 2019


General Information

We are pleased to announce New Hampton School's 198th Commencement and hope you can join us in celebrating the Class of 2019 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, 2019 ~ 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.

Friday, May 24th

 4:45pm | Senior Brick Dedication, Senior Sitting Area

 5:00pm | Senior Awards Ceremony, Field House

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

 7:00pm | Baccalaureate Ceremony, McEvoy Theatre

Saturday, May 25th

  9:45am | Commencement, Meservey Lawn (Rain location: Field House)

12:00pm | Light Buffet Lunch Offered, 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.


2019 Guest Speaker

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  • Jennifer Shackett Berry '83

    New Hampton School is thrilled to welcome Jennifer Shackett Berry '83 to be the school's 198th Commencement Speaker. Ms. Berry has dedicated over 30 years of service to New Hampton School, offering insight and leadership in many roles from house parent, advisor and coach, to English Department Chair, Director of Studies, and most recently, Director of College Counseling. At this juncture, Ms. Berry will retire from her tenure at New Hampton School to dedicate more time to her family and friends.
    With Ms. Berry as Director of Studies, New Hampton School embraced curricular growth and initiatives that enhanced the learning of its students through successful technology integration, customized learning opportunities, the addition of the IB DIploma Programme, and skill-based pedagogy. In particular, her guidance in implementing the International Baccalaureate Programme has set New Hampton School apart among New England boarding schools, in its student-centered, academic innovation.
    Her exceptional connections to students and an understanding of our academic program led Ms. Berry to the College Counseling Office where she implemented a 4-year college counseling curriculum. Alongside this program, Ms. Berry built connections with college admission offices across the country, introducing New Hampton School. Each year, New Hampton School graduates matriculate at a robust list of colleges, whose variety represents the best fit for each individual student.
    Beyond her tireless work ethic and unending dedication to our school, Ms. Berry has dedicated her professional career to her students. Always willing to have honest conversations, she has been a confidant, mentor, role-model and teacher to every one of her students. She will be deeply missed and always appreciated by all of us at New Hampton School and we are delighted to honor her work and contributions at our 198th Commencement. 

    Ms. Berry will retire to her home on Gordon Hill in New Hampton with her husband, Tom
    . They have three children who are also graduates of New Hampton School, Kelsey '07, Emma '10, and Hayden '15. Jen’s favorite leisure time activities involve spending time with her family, playing golf, skiing, cooking and traveling to new places. Ms. Berry is a 1987 graduate of Colby College.


Please contact Stacey Wills, Executive Assistant to the Head of School at or 603-677-3425.
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