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Tilton School's 173rd Convocation

Aidan McWhinney
On Monday, September 4, 2017, the Tilton School community celebrated the start of the 2017-2018 school year with the 173rd Convocation in the Fred A. Smart Chapel.  The annual ceremony featured an Invocation delivered by the Dean of Students Vincenzo Giambrocco...
On Monday, September 4, 2017, the Tilton School community celebrated the start of the 2017-2018 school year with the 173rd Convocation in the Fred A. Smart Chapel.  The annual ceremony featured an Invocation delivered by the Dean of Students Vincenzo Giambrocco.  Tilton’s new Student Assembly President, Isabelle Moffroid ‘18, welcomed the new and returning students in with the Student Address, then had Student Assembly Vice President, Owen McCuin, speak to the student body about the importance of saying a simple “hello” when on campus to each other. Moffroid then spoke about getting up every morning and doing something productive.  “If I complete one task, it sets the way for me to complete the next task,” Isabelle proclaimed in her speech.  Vincenzo Giambrocco reminded students of the time they have left at Tilton School in days and how each person can make the best of their time here.  The Head of School, Peter Saliba, spoke about success and finding happiness and then introduced Senator Andrew Hosmer.

Andrew Hosmer gave the 173rd Convocation address.  He was chosen as the headline speaker during a time in the United States when the political climate is running hot.  

Throughout his career as a public servant, Hosmer has worked in numerous facets of the government and private sector.  He began his career in public service as an assistant district attorney in Hampden County, Massachusetts.  During his time there he prosecuted criminal offenses and argued before the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  After four years in Massachusetts, Andrew moved to New Hampshire in 1996 and began as the general manager at AutoServ, where he oversaw all operational functions within the seven AutoServ dealerships.

In 2012, Andrew was elected as state senator in the New Hampshire Senate, representing New Hampshire Senate District 7, where he worked closely with constituents, and statewide and national organizations in public policy research.  During his four-year tenure in the New Hampshire Senate, he sat on the Commerce Committee, Way and Means Committee, and the Finance Committee.  Andrew also served as the Democratic Caucus Leader.

Andrew stepped down from his position at AutoServ in early 2017 and is now a senior policy advisor at Preti Strategies in Concord.  Away from work, he is involved in the Concord chapter of the American Red Cross, Belknap Economic Development Council, and many other local organizations.

Hosmer P’19 spoke about unity and public service.  He used the example of Sergeant Steve Perez, a sixty-year-old Houston Police Department officer, to show what true public service is.  Before leaving his house to go help Hurricane Harvey victims, Sgt. Steve Perez told his family “there is still work to be done.”  On his way to help victims, Sgt. Steve Perez was killed in the storm's flooding.  “Think about the commitment to others, that Sgt. Perez gave,” Hosmer said.  Hosmer then went on to explain what a hero is to him, and how a commitment to others is what he defines as a hero.

To conclude the evening, music teacher, Amy Morse, led the community in the Alma Mater and Dean of Residential Life & Leadership Jacquellin O'Rourke provided the Benediction about kindness and respecting each other.

You can view the 173rd Convocation on Tilton School’s YouTube channel.
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