Preparing Boys for Life

Twenty two students inducted into Cum Laude Society

The Haverford School inducted 22 students into the Cum Laude Society in a virtual ceremony on May 27, 2020. This was the School’s 90th induction ceremony, and celebrates the School’s first and founding purpose: to educate young men in accordance with high standards of scholarship that will imbue them with an aspiration for and appreciation of intellectual excellence throughout their lives. Inductees include 12 Form VIers and 10 Form Vers.

Form VI Cum Laude inductees are Michael Joseph Atkins, Connor Patrick Brala, Daniel Y. Chow, Pearse Denis Glavin, Yan Lin Graf, Mitchell Joseph Hark, Benjamin Michael Hokenson, Medhanie Isaias Irgau, Jonathan Scott Krouse, Aiden James Lowe, Yogesh Vipul Patel, and Samuel Michael Reisbord.

Form V Cum Laude inductees are Michael Nicholas Bozzi, Jonathan Andrew Flieder, Benjamin Michael Fosnocht, Weizhen Gao, Xialong Huang, George Thomas Mallory Lanchoney, Cyril Leahy, Samuel Charles Lynch Slane, Brian Edward Williams, and Tyler Stuart Zimmer.

Headmaster Dr. John Nagl also acknowledged the members of the Class of 2020 elected to Cum Laude as Vth Formers: Kwaku Adubofour, Charles Dorrance Baker, Jack Christian Ballenger, William Mark Boyes, Christopher John Clark, Alexander Harrison Greer, Ryan James LaRocca, Toby Ruiduo Ma, Aditya N. Sardesai, Vincent Reynolds Scauzzo, and Alec Benjamin Stern.

Cum Laude requires that each chapter be comprised not only of student members, but also of faculty members charged with the perpetuation of the chapter and its high standards.  

Faculty members are inducted based on their proven commitment to excellence in the classroom and by virtue of previous membership at the secondary school level in either Cum Laude or the National Honor Society or as a member of Phi Beta Kappa at the collegiate level. These Haverford School faculty members include Mrs. Kara Cleffi, Dr. Andrew Fenton, Mr. Christopher Fox, Dr. Mark Gottlieb, Dr. John Nagl, Ms. Carol O’Brien, and Mr. Andrew Poolman. As part of this year’s ceremony, Mr. Kevin Tryon was welcomed into the faculty memberships ranks.

Let the honor this Society has conferred upon you urge you to increased diligence and greater endeavors in the pursuit of knowledge. We have a goodly heritage in the treasures of the past, and it is our duty to make contributions to the present and the future. We owe it to our country and to humanity to encourage letters and learning, and to carry forward the standard of truth and righteousness. Headmaster Dr. John Nagl

The evening’s distinguished guest was Mr. David Ford Jr. ’93. Ford has more than 21 years of experience investing in public and private companies and funds and is a partner of Maplewood Capital. He graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in computer science and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. While at Haverford, David played soccer, squash, and rowed crew. He received numerous awards for his scholastics, not to mention Cum Laude Society recognition. David is a former Haverford Board of Trustee and continues to sit on the Investment Committee.

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The ceremony ended with remarks from Headmaster Dr. John Nagl, and each boy wearing his medal.

“You have had an honorable record in your studies and good character during your school course, and in recognition of this you have been elected to membership in the Cum Laude Society,” said Dr. Nagl. “The future success and influence of the Society depends in some measure upon your loyalty to the ideals which it maintains. Be true to these ideals and to the trust now shared with you. Nourish the love of sound learning, and make wisdom and truth the guides of your life.

“Let the honor this Society has conferred upon you urge you to increased diligence and greater endeavors in the pursuit of knowledge. We have a goodly heritage in the treasures of the past, and it is our duty to make contributions to the present and the future. We owe it to our country and to humanity to encourage letters and learning, and to carry forward the standard of truth and righteousness.”

Cum Laude was organized in 1906 and modeled on Phi Beta Kappa, the honorary society that recognizes distinguished academic achievement in higher education. Today, the society is comprised of 332 chapters, 310 in independent schools in the United States, Canada, England, France, and Spain.