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108th Commencement Celebrated
Posted 05/24/2015 01:57PM

Trinity-Pawling School held its 108th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 24, 2015, and celebrated the graduation of 102 students. (Link to the photo gallery on Flickr.)

The ceremony featured a number of speakers, and the presentation of awards and diplomas. Business executive and former chairman and CEO of American International Group Maurice Greenberg gave the Commencement Address. He is the grandfather of graduating senior Ben London '15. Other speakers included Woo Hyeuk Chang who delivered the Valedictory Address, and Christopher Nolan who spoke as Head Prefect. The diplomas were delivered by Board President Elizabeth Peale Allen.

Please click here to see a complete list of the Trinity-Pawling School Class of 2015

Please click here to read the article in The Poughkeepsie Journal

Commencement Awards and Prizes

The following seniors won academic awards for excellence in the classroom:

Honor Student Grade 12 Woo Hyeuk Chang

Henderson Prize in English Qiang Bi

Ernest J. Reiter Award for Physical Science Eric Radbourne

Environmental Science Award
David Carter Richardson

Elliot Prize in Senior Mathematics Woo Hyeuk Chang

Chemistry Award Hyun Bong Jeung

Spanish Award
Michael Fitzpatrick

French Award James Parkus

Anderson Prize in Latin William Bosha

Biology Award Ziheng Wang

Religion Award
Justin Jia Rui Yip

Art Award Jun Seok Kim 

Music Award Christopher Drysdale

Excellence in History Connor McNamara

Excellence in Theater Adam Maggio

Other Awards Presented:

Dunbar Award for Service

The Dunbar Award for Service is given each year by Bill and Helene Dunbar who spent more than 30 years at Trinity-Pawling as Assistant Headmaster and librarian respectively. Not long after their retirement in 1978, the Dunbar Award for Service was created to honor their service to the School and to recognize those members of the community, be it a student, a faculty member, a spouse, a staff member, or a friend who served the School with the same steadfast devotion.  Gay Smith

Headmaster's Award to Faculty -- C. Stephen Harrington '68

Tennant Drama Award

The Tennant Drama Award is donated each year by Mrs. John S. Tennant whose sons graduated in 1950 and 1954. Four of her grandsons are also Trinity-Pawling graduates. William Bosha

Norwood L. Pinder Prize in Journalism

The Norwood L. Pinder Prize for Excellence in Journalism was established in 2006 to recognize at Commencement the outstanding contributions of a student to the journalistic enterprise on campus. Named after the first editor of The Phoenix in 1908, the original literary journal and yearbook of the Pawling School, this prize honors Pinder's legacy of giving voice to the life of the School.  Spencer Strauber

Gatchell Sportsmanship Award

The Creighton E. Gatchell Sportsmanship Award, donated in memory of Creighton, class of 1961, by his brother Bill, a member of the class of 1963, is given to a member of the senior class who best exemplifies Creighton's love for sports and his level of sportsmanship. Gordon Phillips

Kenneth B. Weeman Athletic Award

The Kenneth B. Weeman Athletic Award is given by his widow and sons, members of classes in 1959 and 1961, and his grandson, a member of the class of 1991. Factors to be considered are the individual sense of sportsmanship, demonstrated leadership, personal commitment to the athletic program, and to the traditions of Trinity-Pawling School. Austrian Robinson

Senior Citizenship

By vote of the faculty, the Senior Citizenship Award is given to the young man in the class of 2014 who displays exemplary citizenship. Citizenship is like art; it is hard to describe but we all know it when we see it. Citizenship is that ability to be thoughtful, helpful, patient, kind, respectful, and courteous...all in the right amount, at the right time, and with the right amount of sincerity.  Christopher Nolan

McCollum Award

The McCollum Award is named for the first Head Prefect of Trinity-Pawling, Franklin McCollum, class of 1950. Mr. McCollum never forgot the lasting impact that Trinity-Pawling had on his life and that of his classmates. To be Head Prefect is even more demanding as all of this has to be done with the added burden of knowing what to say and what to do while leading the class of 2015 each day. Christopher Nolan

Wells Award

The Wells Award, named for its donor, a member of the class in 1938, is presented annually to the student who combines outstanding performance and growth in all areas of life at Trinity-Pawling School. Character, a concern for and service to others, loyalty and dedication to the established traditions of the school are among the criteria for determining the award. Jay Choi

Matthew E. Dann Award for General Excellence

Dr. Matthew E. Dann was headmaster of Trinity-Pawling School 1946 to 1970. This award is given annually by his family and friends recognize the outstanding boy in the junior class. Tanner Baldin

Eugene O. Colley Award for Leadership

Gene Colley has been involved with Trinity-Pawling School for more than 30 years as a parent of four graduates and since 1978 as a trustee. Long before he had an official role in school, in his typical fashion of "getting the job done", he commandeered the necessary forces to restore electricity to the campus after the 1969 fire which nearly leveled the south end of Cluett. Without Gene's leadership, the school would have closed for a year or perhaps longer. "It cannot be done" is not a phrase which he cares to hear. Matthew Chang

Gamage Award for General Excellence

The Gamage Award, named for Frederick Luther Gamage, founder and first headmaster of the Pawling School, is awarded by vote of the faculty to a member of the senior class whose overall record is one of General Excellence. Connor McNamara

Please check this post again for updated information, speeches and photos.


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Trinity-Pawling has a rich tradition of alumni connectivity. We want you to participate in the life and vitality of the School. Through this engagement, alumni will help Trinity-Pawling propel forward.

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