USA Hockey Olympic gold medallist Hilary Knight will deliver the commencement address at Choate Rosemary Hall graduation on Sunday.
“We are happy she accepted the invitation [to speak]. The class of 2018 is in for a treat,” said Choate spokeswoman Lorraine Connelly.
Connelly said senior administration met earlier this year decide who would deliver commencement remarks. Knight, a Choate graduate, was chosen following her gold medal win with Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
”After her winning gold in the Olympics, she was an obvious choice,” said Connelly.
Knight is also a two-time Olympic silver medallist, seven-time International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship winner, and an equal pay activist, taking part in the #LikeAGirl social media campaign.
In a statement on the school’s website, Head of School Alex Curtis said that Knight’s contributions outside the rink are just as inspiring as what she does on ice.
“She brings the same determination and ferocity to the most important of issues,” said Curtis. “She is a champion for women’s empowerment, positive body image, and gender equality.”
Knight graduated from Choate in 2007 and still stays in contact with some of her classmates. Knight joined Team USA in 2006, while still attending Choate and has been with the team for 12 years. She was inducted to the Choate Rosemary Hall Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
Knight will join Angela Ruggiero as an Olympian and former Choate graduate who have delivered a commencement address at the school. Ruggiero also played on the U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team, winning a gold medal in 1998.
The commencement ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday.