Convocation 2008

Posted September 2, 2008


The entire Concord Academy community gathered September 2 for the seventh annual Convocation, marking the beginning of the new school year. Teacher Emeritus Bill Bailey, who taught at CA from 1967 to 2002, was the guest speaker. Other speakers included Jake Dresden, head of school; Ellen Condliffe Lagemann ’63, president of the board of trustees; and Jung Hee Hyun ’09, student body president.

In his remarks, Bailey talked about the history of Concord Academy and its contributions to social justice and tolerance. Bailey relayed examples of CA’s commitment from both the past and present, including Headmistress Elizabeth Hall declining the invitation for CA students to attend a cotillion in the 1950s after a handful of Jewish girls were not invited; the school encouraging a student to stay at CA during her pregnancy during the 1980s; the 2000 performance of The Laramie Project, a play about the reaction to the murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay university student who was brutally murdered in 1998; and the efforts of the CA community to help after the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Bailey closed his remarks by offering to students: "You can make a difference. You can take a stand on an issue that might challenge Concord Academy, that might challenge your country and the world that you are a part of. More importantly, you would be challenging yourself."

Convocation concluded with the CA Chorus performing the school song, “Concord, Concord,” and the senior class leading the community out of the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel and into the new school year.

Listen to Bill Bailey's 2008 Convocation Remarks (15m 29s, 14.1 MB)

For more information and photos from CA's Convocation, please click here.

The entire Concord Academy community gathered September 2 for the seventh annual Convocation, marking the beginning of the new school year. Teacher Emeritus Bill Bailey, who taught at CA from 1967 to 2002, was the guest speaker. Other speakers included Jake Dresden, head of school; Ellen Condliffe Lagemann ’63, president of the board of trustees; and Jung Hee Hyun ’09, student body president.

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