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.

Assembly Speakers Spring 2021


  • January 7: Shakespeare Competition (Commonwealth students perform Shakespeare monologues in a contest to determine who represents the school at the regional English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition)
  • January 14: Poetry Out Loud


  • February 4: Niloofar Haeri '70 (Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Chair in Islamic Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Author of Say What Your Longing Heart Desires: Women, Prayer & Poetry in Iran)
  • February 11: Valentine Assembly
  • February 18: Projects Assembly (Students share their experiences from Project Week)
  • February 25: Marie-Claire Beaulieu & Anthony Bucci (Respectively, Associate Professor of Classics, and Lecturer in Computer Science at Tufts University)


  • March 4: Matthew Kraning '04 (Co-founder and chief technology officer of Expanse)
  • March 11: Michelle Wu (Boston City Councillor and declared candidate for Mayor of Boston)


  • April 1: William Collis ’03 (Co-founder, Oxygen Esports and Genji Analytics; author, The Book of Esports
  • April 8: Senior Projects Assembly   
  • April 15: Christian Picciolini (Author, White American Youth and Breaking Hate
  • April 22: Sam Brinton (LGBTQ activist and advocate, survivor of conversion therapy) 
  • April 29: Paul Briggs (Sculptor and Teacher)


  • May 6: Fiction Assembly (Commonwealth fiction writing students read from their work)
  • May 13: Music Assembly (Commonwealth musicians perform)
  • May 20: Acting Assembly (Commonwealth actors perform)

View examples of past assembly speakers here.