Lawrence Academy Announces Graduation Speakers

Pamela Nwaoko ‘06 will keynote LA’s 225th commencement exercises

As the school eagerly anticipates Lawrence Academy’s 225th commencement exercises, we are excited to announce that Pamela Nwaoko ’06 will be Lawrence Academy’s 2018 Commencement Speaker.

Pamela Nwaoko '06

Pamela Nwaoko ’06

A member of LA’s Class of 2006, Pamela was born and raised in New Jersey to Nigerian immigrant parents. While in Groton, Pamela engaged in a diverse set of co-curricular activities, including directing a One Act play, founding of one of LA’s first affinity groups, working with students and faculty to develop the Cultural Coffeehouse Series, and, on the weekends, spending much quality time in the library.

After graduating from Lawrence Academy, Pamela attended Georgetown University, the University of Oxford, and Harvard Law School. At Georgetown, she was named a Top Ten College Woman by Glamour Magazine, a Goldman Sachs “Global Leader,” and she addressed her graduating class as a Senior Convocation Speaker. She attended Oxford on a full-tuition scholarship as a Healy Scholar and was recognized during Harvard’s Commencement Ceremony with the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership.

Ms. Nwaoko now practices law in Washington, DC at the multinational law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, representing and advising national and international financial institutions.

“I am excited for the opportunity to return to where my challenging, yet rewarding, educational journey began,” said Nwaoko. “I look forward to meeting the class of 2018!”

Head of School Dan Scheibe will lead the proceedings on June 1 on the Lawrence Academy Quad. Joining Pamela at the podium will be Class of 2018 president Gavin Slattery and peer-selected senior speakers AJ Mastrangelo and Jorie Van Nest.

One Acts Debut This Week

See them, May 10 – 12 at LA

From Mr. Sugerman…

The time is coming:

8 directors. 46 actors. (see below)
6 world premiere plays!
The first improvised one act at LA!
Fireworks, and free gifts for everyone.
…one of those is a lie.

Get your tickets outside the dining hall this week.
The seats fill up, so make sure you get yourself a ticket.
Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 7:30 & Saturday at 8:00 PM

Who Burned the Chili?? written & directed by Aidan Travis
Cast: Donald Long, Claire Lanzendorf, Omar Abuhamdeh, Julia Schmidt, Jamie Comeau, Oliver Yang

Iceberg to Nowhere, directed by Matt Killian
Cast: Finn Harding, Harrison Bernhardt, Arhant Ghanta

Love Me Tinder, written & directed by Lucia Stein
Cast: Denby Fortune, Julia Stern, Nicole Winthrop, Matt Saghir, Cameron Taylor, Junior Saldanha, Paul Tola

I, Damien, written & directed by Isaac Mukala
Cast: Stephen LaSala, Jess Fatzinger, Anna Duffy, Catherine Lee, Zamir Primus, Claire Ianini

Diagenesis, written & directed by Jesse Trainor
Cast: Shriya Balaji, Leah Davis, Anya Brown, Veronica Saldanha, Emmy Glick

What They Bring to the Table, conceived & directed by Adam Dutton
Cast: TJ Duggan, Celine Kim, Sabrina Ladiwala, James Choi, Hal Groome, Cassie Comjean, Foley Rabbit

Thursday, written & directed by Grace Harlan
Cast: Corinne McCool, Mia Gage, David Turner, Ahmad Miller, Matt Noel, Bridget Walter

Two Sides of Bacon, written & directed by Ellen Sojka
Cast: Mike Templeton, Will Easterly, Mark Bedetti, Viraz Mahanti, Kerri Murphy, Martin Mann