Celebrating the Unstoppable Class of 2020

young alumni on Williston chapel steps

Class of 2020 Celebration: see photos of the event here. See playlist of the videos, including video of the entire event, the address by Eric Albanese ’20, the speech by Ken Choo, and a short slideshow of event photos

Members of the class of 2020 made their way back to campus on June 4, 2022, for an in-person celebration that the pandemic denied to them the first time around. The 179th Commencement was held virtually in 2020—hardly a satisfying end to a year that saw interruptions to cherished traditions such as Willy Gras, postseason athletic contests, and the Prom.

However, this year, under gorgeous blue skies, about half the class returned to Easthampton to hear from speakers, hug friends and faculty, play lawn games, relive memories of Williston, and sing Sammy—joyously and with gusto—on the Phillips Stevens Chapel steps.

Science teacher Ken Choo delivered a heartfelt address, thanking the class of 2020 for being the generation who will take up the mantle of leadership next. “You are exactly who we need,” he said, “each and every one of you, in every circumstance, just as you are.” (Read the full text of his speech. See video of his speech.)

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Eric Albanese ’20 addresses those assembled

“It was great to have all these familiar faces back on campus!” said Corinne Briggs, Assistant Director of Alumni Giving & Engagement. “We were thrilled to be able to offer the amazing class of 2020 a chance to be together on campus this year.”

The group also unveiled the 2020 section of the campus fence, a tradition that usually takes place during Senior Dinner the week before Commencement.

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Nat Markey ’20 and Casey Feins ’20 unveil the 2020 section of the Williston fence