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More than anything, we want Watkinson alumni to stay connected to the school.  Choose from the myriad ways to stay in touch with the Watkinson community

If you have questions about these opportunities or have an idea of your own, contact Alumni Relations Director Kristen Gordon.

Alumni News

Private School alumnus writes screenplay

David Hemingson '82

Watkinson School alumnus and Connecticut native David Hemingson ’82, the 2012 recipient of Watkinson’s Lifetime Achievement Award, has written the screenplay for The Holdovers, a film directed by Alexander Payne and starring Paul Giamatti. Read more.

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Hillary Cohen '03

Hillary Cohen ’03 was recently interviewed on the Kelly Clarkson Show! Working for CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles since 2012 (most recently as the COVID 1st AD), she’s the founder of Every Day Action, a nonprofit that re-allocates the food waste on film sets directly to the homeless in Los Angeles.

Justin-Michael Emmanuel '14

Emmanuel '14

A photographer, writer and artist, Justin-Michael Emmanuel ’14 was recently interviewed by and had a collection of his photography featured on ITSLIQUID, a communication platform for contemporary art, fashion, and architecture. 

Read stories about exceptional alumni who connect the work they are doing now with what they learned while at Watkinson.

To increase alumni giving participation from 9.1%, we are encouraging you, our alumni, to make a gift of any size and give back because you are forever blue! All alumni who give to the Fund for Everyday Excellence will be recognized in the everBLUE Society in our annual report.  
To discuss your gift, please contact Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund,  Kristen Gordon at 860-231-6294.

Launched in the fall of 2018, the Watkinson Story Vault features videos and words from all different members of our community — students, parents, alumni, teachers, and friends. These voices make up the strongest outreach tool we have. We would love to add your story to the Vault… 

Our annual feature and alumni magazine is now online! Read it here.

The Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2011 to honor alumni who have dedicated 20 years or more to shaping the world in one of our signature areas: the arts (including writing), global studies, inventive teaching, and science or sustainability. 

2011 Winner: Hank Gans ’66

2012 Winners: Samuel Kassow ’62, David Hemingson ’82

2013 Winners: Dr. Orquidia Acosta-Hathaway ’68 and Dr. A. J. Williams-Myers ’58

2014 Winner: Dr. Jonathan Sanders ’69

2015 Winner: Jeff Pitchell ’84

2017 Winner: Edwin Naamon ’67

2018 Winner: Hope Lipp Hall ’88

2020 Winners: Joseph Calafiore ’80 and Andrew Pinkes ’80

2022 Winners: Steve Byk ’78, Evan Berman ’85, and Emily Martin ’90

Want information about reunions or any other alumni news?

Kristen Gordon

Kristen Gordon

Director of Annual Fund & Alumni Relations

Alumni currently at Watkinson

Michael Eccles ’13 staffs the Technology Help Desk

Jen Jandreau ’90 is an assistant in the registrar’s office

Kenneth Schmoll ’86 is the executive assistant to the head of school

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