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Congratulations Class of 2024!

Northfield Mount Hermon 141st Commencement
Sunday, May 19, 2024

The 141st Commencement of Northfield Mount Hermon took place on Sunday, May 19, 2024. Read more about the Commencement ceremony.

In addition to Commencement, students celebrated with The Chateau dinner dance on Friday, May 17. Families and guests were welcomed to campus for the Recognition Assembly on Friday, May 17, and the Baccalaureate service on Saturday, May 18. Scroll to view recordings of each of these events.

See the Class of 2024 Awards and view photos of events on NMH Flickr.
See where our graduates will be next year: Class of 2024 Matriculation List 


NMH Commencement Ceremony

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. 

Commencement Speaker

portrait of astronaut Cady Coleman in her space suit

Dr. Cady Coleman P’19, P’02 

Dr. Cady Coleman P’19, ’02, a former NASA astronaut and a strong advocate for inclusion in STEAM fields, will be the keynote speaker at the 141st commencement ceremony on May 19. “I’m delighted and honored to be the commencement speaker for Northfield Mount Hermon’s Class of 2024,” Coleman said. “As the mother of two NMH graduates, I have great respect for the education the school provides and the values it cultivates.” During her NASA career, Coleman, an Air Force colonel, took part in two space shuttle missions, laying the groundwork for astronauts to conduct pioneering research aboard the International Space Shuttle (ISS) and launching the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, which enables scientists around the world to learn about black holes and dark matter. Read more.

Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Class Orator Announced

Willow Sujin Brandt Kwak and Yuxuan "Ricky" Zhou have been named the Northfield Mount Hermon Class of 2024 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Kwak will speak at the Recognition Assembly on May 17, while Zhou will speak at the Baccalaureate service on May 18. In addition, Dennis Penny Lopez was selected this year’s Commencement orator from a field of 20 seniors who competed for the honor. Read more.

Commencement Weekend Events

Friday, May 17

Recognition Assembly: 1 pm, Memorial Chapel. Faculty and staff join the Class of 2024 and their families for the graduate awards ceremony and salutatory address. Families are welcome, but not expected, to attend.


Photo opportunity: 5:30-6:30 pm, outside of Memorial Chapel. Class of 2024 families are invited to take photos of their students on campus prior to the Chateau dance. 

Saturday, May 18

Baccalaureate: 5 pm, Memorial Chapel. Members of the Class of 2024 and their guests join the faculty for reflection, song, and the valedictory address. The community honors retiring teachers. Families are welcome, but not expected, to attend.

Commencement eve dinner: 6:30–8 pm, Alumni Hall and tent. Following the Baccalaureate service, enjoy a special-occasion dinner for the Class of 2024, their family, and NMH faculty. 


Sunday, May 19

141st Northfield Mount Hermon Commencement: 11 am, tent at Thorndike Field. Please be sure to register all guests. Diplomas are awarded to the Class of 2024.

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

Please check this page for regularly for additional and updated information.





Local Dining and Accommodations

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View commencement videos, photos and speeches from past years.