Speakers for 2023 Commencement Announced

Graduation marks the completion of years of hard work and dedication. For Northwood, it is a time to celebrate those who left the school in a better place by inviting prominent figures from the community to serve as commencement speakers. Student speakers Aidan Lasky ‘23, Georgia Bailey ‘23, and retiring faculty member Coach Morris ‘77 will share their insights and experiences with graduates.

Coach Mark Morris ’77 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

The honor of speaking at graduation is tremendous, and it could not be a better fit than someone who knows the Northwood experience. Coach Morris graduated from Northwood in 1977 and continued his hockey career by playing at Colgate University. He then continued his professional career playing for the New Haven Nighthawks and the Dallas Black Hawks before starting his illustrious coaching career. He coached for top universities, AHL, and NHL teams. He has amassed incredible wins and, most importantly, has mentored and supported countless players.

Aidan Lasky ’23 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Aidan Lasky ‘23 is our first speaker, a respected member of the boys’ hockey prep team member, and a student leader who has served on the head of School’s Council and twice as a Resident Assistant. Aiden is from Vero Beach, FL, and is a four-year student at Northwood. Aiden is looked up to by many and is one of the core leaders for Northwood. When asked what this meant for him, Aiden said, “It is quite the honor to be able to speak at graduation. Being here for four years, I’ve grown attached to this place and the people that I have met here. I would also want to extend a thank you to all the faculty that put in a good word for me because they certainly helped me get this opportunity. It’s going to be a hard goodbye when leaving Northwood, but I cannot think of any better way to end my time here.”

Georgia Bailey ’23 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Georgia Bailey ‘23 is the alternate captain of the girl’s hockey team. She was given the honor and opportunity to represent and captain her home providence, Team Quebec, at the Canada Games for U18 Women. Georgia is hardworking and committed, and her outgoing personality represents the qualities of a Northwood student leader. In her two years at the school, she has become a community role model on and off the ice. Georgia talks of her experience receiving the news to speak at graduation, “Speaking at graduation came as a shock for me. I was pulled into Mr. Maher’s office, and he told me I would be speaking at graduation, and I had to accept this offer. I was very surprised, excited, and nervous all at once. It is a huge honor to speak at graduation, not only to speak to my peers and classmates but also to address the parents and teachers who made my time at Northwood precious. There are such incredible people at this school that represent Northwood extremely well; this is why I am incredibly proud to be able to speak at graduation and highlight the impact Northwood has had on my life.”


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