Commencement 2023

Celebrating the
Class of 2023

Class of 2023, here’s to you!

We look forward to celebrating our 111th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. ET.  Livestreaming will be available for those who cannot attend in person. 

Please revisit this page as details continue to be updated. Please enjoy reading about our Commencement speaker, Toan Huynh ’93, below.

2023 Commencement Speaker

toan huynh ’93

Toan Huynh ’93 is a former technology founder and digital transformation leader, with experience in private equity and venture capital. Toan is Managing Partner and Co-founder of Alinea Ventures, an early-stage venture firm investing in enterprise technology teams innovating within foundational industries. She brings over 24+ years of working with and investing in enterprise technology and services companies, with a practitioner’s focus on those enabled by underlying innovation such as AI, data, cloud, quantum and blockchain. An early cloud computing evangelist, Toan founded a cloud technology and services company called GlobalOne/CloudSherpas, which ranked #68 on 2013’s Inc Top 500 Firms and was subsequently acquired by Accenture in 2015 in its largest acquisition to date. Toan was recently the US-based Partner for IVP, a Canada-based Series A fund where she oversaw and managed their US portfolio of companies. Currently, Toan serves as an Operating Advisor for several growth funds and an investment bank, with a focus on operational excellence, GTM, human capital, and product development. In that capacity, she is Executive Chair for a high growth data and analytics firm, a growth advisor and operations advisor for pe-backed technology companies, and an Entrepreneur in Residence for Morgan Stanley’s Inclusive Ventures Lab. Toan is also an Independent Director for Top 5 public bank, Flagstar/NYCB, and Sunlight Financials, a NASDAQ-listed fintech.

Toan serves on The Ethel Walker School’s Board of Trustees and has multiple leadership positions in women, finance, and tech including Penns Women’s Alliance Council, Women in Product, and Female Funders/VC networks. She alongside her husband also supports non-profits that use the arts as a communication bridge for the greater good, including and

Ethel Walker Commencement

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 27

11:00 a.m.  Senior Riding Exhibition
                    Lorinda Payson de Roulet ’47, P’70 Show Ring
12:30 p.m.  Senior Ride for Non-Riding Seniors
                    Indoor Riding Ring
2:30 p.m.   Graduation Recital   Chapel
4:00 p.m.   Baccalaureate   Chapel
5:00 p.m.   Senior Commencement Dinner
                    Abra’s Dining Hall and Common Room
6:30 p.m.   Prize Night   Commencement Stage*
7:45 p.m.   Prize Night Reception
                    Living Room, by invitation

Sunday, May 28

7:45 a.m.   Senior Portraits  Chapel Steps
9:00 a.m.   Senior Class Photo  Chapel Steps
9:30 a.m.   111th Commencement Ceremony (Livestream Link)
                    Commencement Stage*
11:30 a.m.  Light Refreshments   Middle School Lawn

*In the unfortunate event of rain, this event will be held in our
Centennial Center.
*A link to the schedule for students in grades 6-11 can be found here:
Student Schedule Link

Area Accommodations and Restaurants

Avon Old Farms Hotel
Avon, CT

Delamar West Hartford
West Hartford, CT

Homewood Suites by Hilton
Farmington, CT

Marriott Residence Inn Hartford/Avon
Avon, CT

Sheraton/Bradley Airport
Windsor Locks, CT

Simsbury 1820 House
Simsbury, CT

Simsbury Inn
Simsbury, CT

Harvest Cafe (Breakfast/Lunch; owned by a Walker’s family)
Simsbury, CT

New England Pasta Company (Breakfast/Lunch; owned by a Walker’s family)
Avon, CT

Rush Bowls (Smoothies/Bowls; owned by a Walker’s family)
Simsbury, CT

Abigail’s Grill and Wine Bar (Continental)
Simsbury, CT

American Flatbread (Pizza)
Canton, CT

Amici Italian Grill (Italian)
Avon, CT

da Capo Restaurant (Italian)
Avon, CT

Dish ‘n Dat (American/Diner)
Canton, CT

The Elephant Trail (Thai)
Avon, CT

First and Last Tavern (Italian)
Avon, CT

La Joya (Mexican)
Simsbury, CT

Liki Sushi & Asian Bistro (Sushi)
Avon, CT

Market Place Kitchen & Bar (Farm-to-Table)
Avon, CT

Max A Mia (Italian)
Avon, CT

Meadow Asian Cuisine (Chinese/Thai/Japanese)
Simsbury, CT

Metro Bis (American)
Simsbury, CT

Millwrights (American)
Simsbury, CT

The North House (American)
Avon, CT

Plan B Burger Bar (Tavern)
Simsbury, CT

Present Company (American)
Tariffville, CT

Roux Cajun Eatery (Cajun)
Simsbury, CT

Table 570 Asian Fusion (Chinese/Thai)
Simsbury, CT

Toshi Izakaya (Japanese)
Avon, CT