Although they hailed from 26 countries and 33 states, many of the graduates in Phillips Academy’s class of 2013 had strong ties to the school’s home base of Andover.
Class president Hemang Kaul who gave the address at Sunday’s 235th commencement exercises lives in Andover.
And Andover residents earned two of the top student awards. Piper Curtis received the Yale Bowl for attaining the highest proficiency in scholarship and athletics and Emily Field picked up the Faculty Prize for outstanding scholarship her senior year.
They were among the 38 Andover residents who helped the 323-member-strong class of 2013 go out in style.
Rev. Anne Gardner, the school chaplain, said in her invocation that students should strive for “something to do, something to love and something to hope for.”
Kaul said all of the graduates had their own individual experiences at Andover.
“I cannot speak for everybody and of a universal Andover experience, because there isn’t one. To know what it meant for you would mean to have spent my time at Andover in your shoes,” he said in his remarks to graduates, friends, family and faculty. “Each one of us will have unique memories of Andover, whether positive or negative, and we will all have been impacted by Andover in different ways and to varying degrees.
John Palfrey, who took over as head of school last July, told the graduates he will always remember what is his first graduating class,
“You, the class of 2013, will always have a special place in my heart,” he said
Palfrey said in addition to the departing seniors, five faculty members as well as two school leaders are also leaving Phillips. They include Temba Maqubela, who will is going on to lead Groton School, and Rebecca Sykes, who is becoming president of the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation.