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140th Commencement - Sunday, May 21, 2023

Commencement is one of the most special events of the year at NMH, when we celebrate our graduating seniors for all they’ve accomplished and contributed and cheer them on as they move on to their next adventures.

The 140th Commencement of Northfield Mount Hermon will take place on Sunday, May 21, 2023. In addition to Commencement, families and guests are welcome to attend the Recognition Assembly on Friday, May 19, and the Baccalaureate service and Commencement Eve dinner that will take place Saturday, May 20. 

Commencement Speaker

NMH 2023 Commencement speaker Bisa Willliams

Bisa Williams ’72

Former U.S. Ambassador Bisa Williams ’72 has accepted an invitation from the Class of 2023 to be this year’s Commencement speaker. She spent more than 30 years as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State, including service as ambassador to Niger and as acting U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, leading the U.S. delegation to talks in Havana. We are honored to welcome her back to share her experiences and advice with our graduating class. Read more.

Commencement Events

Friday, May 19

Recognition Assembly, 11 am, Memorial Chapel 
Faculty and staff join the Class of 2023 and their families for the graduate awards ceremony and salutatory address. Families and guests are welcome, but not expected, to attend.

Saturday, May 20

Baccalaureate, 5 pm, Memorial Chapel 
Members of the Class of 2023 and their guests join the faculty for reflection, song, and the valedictory address. The community honors retiring teachers. Families and guests are welcome, but not expected, to attend.

Commencement Eve Dinner, 6:30–8 pm, Alumni Hall and tent next to Alumni 
A special-occasion dinner for the Class of 2023, their families, guests, and NMH faculty.

Catholic Commencement Eve Mass, 7:30 pm, Memorial Chapel
This tradition accommodates students and families who would not otherwise be able to attend Mass on Sunday because of Commencement. 

Sunday, May 21

Commencement, 11 am, Millers Brothers Field
Diplomas are awarded to the Class of 2023.

Please register all guests. (Note that student commitments begin at 8:30 am.)

Commencement Lunch, 1 pm. 
Students, their families, and guests are welcome to enjoy a celebratory lunch in Alumni Hall and the Memorial Grove tent.

Stay tuned for more details.






Local Dining and Accommodations

Find a list of nearby places here.




View videos, photos and speeches from past years.