The Commencement Address was given by Hamden Hall alumnus Gary Greenberg who graduated with the Class of 1982. Greenberg is the head writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live in Los Angeles.
“Hamden Hall has meant so much to me so it’s an honor to be here today, but it’s also a bit surreal because I sat where you are 32 years ago,” said Greenberg, reminiscing about his own graduation, which featured Hamden Hall alumnus and famed baby care author Dr. Benjamin Spock.
“Hamden Hall has provided you with this wonderful nurturing environment,” he said.
Local graduates included Orange residents Kevin Butler, who will attend Providence College; Derek Hong, who will attend New York University; and Christian Montano, who will attend Brown University in the fall.
Of the 63 graduates, 10 began their studies at Hamden Hall in either PreKindergarten or Kindergarten including Butler and Montano.
Over the last three years, Hamden Hall graduates matriculated at the highest rate to the following colleges: Boston College, Brown University, College of the Holy Cross, Connecticut College, Emory University, George Washington University, Muhlenberg College, Northeastern University, Providence College, Quinnipiac University, Skidmore College, Trinity College, Union College, University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, and Yale University.
Head of School Bob Izzo maintained that the Class of 2014 has distinguished itself in the classroom, on stage, on the playing fields and as stewards of the global community.
“You have been successful in all facets of school life,” Izzo told graduates. “And you have received an absolutely world-class education.”
Hamden Hall Country Day School, the nation’s fourth country day school, forms partnerships with the best resources in the area to bring learning to life for students. Since its founding in 1912, the school’s mission has been to challenge PreSchool through Grade 12 students to develop a strong sense of personal integrity, social responsibility and a global perspective while preparing them for demanding academic programs at the collegiate level. Hamden Hall is a coeducational college preparatory school that enrolls students from over 35 communities.