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Anne Swayze offers a welcome urging graduates to act on their dreams.

The Proctor Difference

Everyone has been to graduations. They share some commonalities. Beautiful people pose for photos, commemorating this moment of accomplishment and transition.

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ut Proctor graduations have a different quality, we are told, by hundreds of parents, siblings and friends. It's a tough thing to describe precisely.

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There's lots of talent on display, of course....

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And graduates communicate a great deal of pride in their school. 

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ur graduations are brimming with emotion! Below, JR White Hat '00 ties a sacred eagle feather into nephew Mark White Hat's hair, just as his father, Albert White Hat tied a feather into JR's hair when he graduated fourteen years ago.

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he quality of our senior speeches is over the top; they're well-constructed, smart, funny, and loving. Valedictorian Eli Pier--a young lady whose academic credentials could have earned her admission to any prep school--described the subtle-yet-pervasive vibe she felt on her admission tour three years ago. How could students at this school be so productive, while so at ease and happy?

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his was followed by a Commencement Address delivered by the extraordinary surgeon/author/leader Atul Gawande, in which he admitted to initially opposing boarding school for his son, Walker '14.

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uring Walker's admission tour, however, two adults--arts teacher Dave Fleming and science instructor Alan McIntyre--independently engaged him in personal conversations, asking, "What are your passions; what do you want to accomplish; whom do you want to become?" Their genuine interest in Walker as an individual was overwhelming. No one had spoken to Walker like this before. How could they resist this opportunity? Just ask some alumni!

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hese insights--Eli's and Atul's--hint at the elusive difference that is Proctor. It's something unpretentious and real, personal, caring, and important. Flanking Sarah and me after we received honorary diplomas signed by Heads of School Mike Henriques, Steve Wilkins and David Fowler are two alumni who know...our daughter Mary '03 and son, Andrew '00.

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I have plenty of gratitude to dish out over the next few weeks. Let me start by thanking Patty Pond and the Boston Red Sox, for this:

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  • Kelby McManus
    Hey Chuck, It was so great seeing you and being at Proctor. When you have a minute if you could check to see if you might have any pictures of my senior project jewelry that would be great! Thank you Kelby
Located in  Andover, NH,  Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 912. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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