Chapel Program

The Peddie community gathers twice a week in Ayer Memorial Chapel to focus on one of the school's core values: balance. Students and faculty share pieces of music or literature, which are followed by Chapel talks. These talks are as diverse as our student body itself, often personal, sometimes spiritual, occasionally humorous, and always moving.

Ayer Memorial Chapel

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in the Ayer Memorial Chapel in 1957, he was not yet widely known, but his heartfelt speech would affect Peddie graduates for the rest of their lives. More than 50 years later, the chapel has hosted presidents and governors, scholars and scientists, friends and alumni -- and students who will become all of those things themselves.

Dedicated in 1951 to the young Peddie men who died in World War II, and funded by donations of their classmates and fellow alumni, the Chapel stands as a monument to the school's deep history. It remains a literal and figurative centerpiece of the Peddie campus and student life, a reminder of all those who came before.


Chapel Talk: Zam

English teacher, Summer Signature coordinator and founder of the Sophomore Bike Trip, Patrick Clements shares the story of his sabbatical last spring, a south-to-north trek through the United States "following stories of slavery, white terrorism, Jim Crow, movement towards freedom, the Great Migration, the Blues, abolitionism, the Underground Railroad, and the astonishing power and complexity of the American land and people."

Founders Day 2017: The 60th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's visit to Peddie

Founders Day is one of three annual formal school gatherings. Convocation opens the school in September and commencement marks the end of the school year and the beginning of life after Peddie for our seniors. Founders Day is an occasion to recognize the founding of the Peddie School and to honor those who created, sustained, and continue to propel the school and enrich all of our lives. 


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