In a tradition dating back to the school's earliest days, the entire school gathers for assembly on most Thursdays. Students, alumni/ae, and noted guests from the worlds of arts, letters, science, business, and politics speak, perform, and discuss their life's work. 

Spring 2023


  • January 12: Benjamin Zander, musical director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Youth Philharmonic Orchestra 


  • February 2: Mark Storella, former United States ambassador to Zambia
  • February 9: Projects Assembly
  • February 16: David Altshuler, executive vice president of global research and chief scientific officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • February 23: Jimena Canales, historian of science


  • March 9: Tahmid Rahman '13, software engineer, Google
  • March 30: Spanish and Japanese exchange visitor presentations


  • April 6: Senior Projects Assembly
  • April 20: Ken Ilgunas, author of This Land is Our Land, Walden on Wheels, and other books
  • April 27: Sarah Millholland, MIT professor of astrophysics


  • May 4: Commonwealth Latino Hispanic Association Cultural Fair 

Fall 2022


  • October 6: Charles Fried, former United States Solicitor General and current Harvard Law professor 
  • October 13: Rabbi Carl Perkins
  • October 20: Zoe Beatty ’09, jewelry designer


  • November 3: Christopher Barsi, engineer and physics teacher 
  • November 17: Deborah Rudnick ’90, environmental scientist 
  • November 22: Thanksgiving Assembly, a harvest celebration


  • December 1: Mneesha Gellman, author and founder of the Emerson Prison Initiative 
  • December 8: Sooyun Coco Kim, flutist
  • December 15: Holiday Assembly, A Saturnalia Celebration

Past Assembly Speakers...

...have included experts and innovators from all corners of human enterprise, including:

  • Sandeep Das, Grammy Award–Winning Indian Tabla Player
  • Jon Hiatt '66, Former General Counsel and Chief of Staff of the AFL-CIO
  • Rev. Irene Monroe, LGBTQ Advocate, Theologian, and Speaker
  • Anna Ornstein, Auschwitz Survivor, Psychoanalyst and Psychiatrist, Author, Speaker, and Scholar
  • Sumbul Siddiqui, Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Michelle Wu, as Boston City Councillor and Declared Candidate for Mayor of Boston
  • William Gross, Commissioner of Police, City of Boston  

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