May/June 2020

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Groton School Peabody Press
 
A Virtual Send-Off for the
Form of 2020
Groton School celebrated the graduating Form of 2020 on May 31 with a virtual ceremony full of tradition as well as a few surprises.
While most of the event—from the opening invocation and bagpiper to speeches, prizes, and the headmaster's final "Go well!"—mirrored an on-campus Prize Day, a unique portion came during the awarding of diplomas. The school had sent the traditional boater hats worn on Prize Day to each of the eighty-four graduates around the world, asking them to submit videos of themselves as if they had just received their diplomas. continued
 
Finding Inspiration, Guidance in the Words of Dr. King
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Groton School Headmaster Temba Maqubela expressed hope that, amidst uprisings in American cities following the tragic death of George Floyd, people will listen to the words that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered at Groton School in 1963.

"Use the inspiration of Martin Luther King to get through," Mr. Maqubela advised, recalling how the words of Nelson Mandela provided him with strength while he was exiled from South Africa for his anti-apartheid activities.... continued
 
Watch the Form of 2020 Celebration
The graduates' very unique diploma "acceptances" begin at 1:09:04.
Watch the Celebration
Watch Baccalaureate.

Watch the Athletic & Underformer Awards.
 
Fans of the Form of 2020
Fan Faces Video
Graduates asked for "fan faces," and they got them! A video at the end of the Saturday awards ceremony presented the large photos-on-a-stick, one for each Sixth Former, attached to the students' actual Lower School study hall seats in the Schoolroom, to pews in the Chapel, and in the form of "2020" on the Circle. Watch the fun.
 
Can't Stop the Music:
Two Concerts Go Virtual
Can't Stop the Music:  Two Concerts Go Virtual
Distance didn't stop the music—Groton School's musicians produced two virtual concerts during spring term, reminding the community of the joy of campus concerts and open mic nights. continued
Student-Produced Concert

Chamber Music Concert
 
Art Exhibition
The Brodigan Gallery Senior Art Exhibition is on display (even though the gallery is closed).
View the works of our Sixth Formers.
 
Poetic Performance
Virtual classes didn't stop John Capen's Fourth Form English students from reciting poetry for the enjoyment of others. 
Watch their creative poetic interpretations. 
 
More News
High Scores and Honors for Groton Classics Students
High Scores and Honors for
Groton Classics Students
Alums Gather Virtually for Calming, Mindful Wellness Weekend
Alums Gather Virtually for Calming, Mindful Wellness Weekend
Award Winners Honored During Virtual Reunion
Award Winners Honored
During Virtual Reunion
Groton Library Chooses Book Plate Winner
Groton Library Chooses
Book Plate Winner
Good News (and A Good News Hub) for Students at Hackathon
Good News (and A Good News Hub)
for Students at Hackathon
Young Alums Fuel Effort to Support Frontline Workers
Young Alums Fuel Effort to Support Frontline Workers
 
Where Are They Now?
Brian W. Ford
English Faculty, 1981–88
Where Are They Now? Brian W. Ford
What aspects of working at Groton stand out to you now? 
 
The two things I loved best about my time at Groton were teaching with my wife's office a few steps away from my classroom and seeing my older son, Win, around campus—in the Chapel, in the Schoolroom, on the basketball court, on the river—during his Second and Third Form years (after which we left, Burch and my boys for Milton, I for Noble and Greenough). For me, a family closeness some might have found claustrophobic felt right. Perhaps having lived in Senegal for two years in the Peace Corps had given me a taste for an older way of living.  continued

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Zebra Tales
Zebra Tales, Groton's Student Blog
Keep up with news and announcements related to COVID-19 at groton.org/coronavirus.
Groton Trivia
This Month's Question
When did Groton start awarding diplomas? 


Submit your answer here. The first correct answer will receive a Groton t-shirt. 
April's Question
Congratulations to Mr. Thomas B. Reynolds P'17, who knew that the Rev. Gil Birney delivered prayers during virtual chapel services this spring by the ocean, a fire, and a river.
 
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