North Bennet St. Carpentry and Cabinetry Grads heading to graduation in Boston.
North Bennet St. Carpentry and Cabinetry Grads heading to graduation in Boston.

BOSTON -  One of the top U.S. woodworking and craftsman schools had a surprising guest speaker for its graduation last week. Television personality Nick Offerman. While famed for his role as Ron Swanson, shop program director in "Parks & Recreation" show, Offerman is much loved by woodworkers who know him as the owner of Offerman Woodshop, a  real woodworking enterprise in Los Angeles.

North Bennet School offers programs in Cabinet and Furniture Making, Carpentry, Preservation Carpentry, Piano Technology and Violin Making, among other craft-oriented education. It also provides advanced training for professional woodworkers and programs for serious amateurs. The school offered this report on Offerman's appearance:

The administration at North Bennett chool offered it report. Finishing the requirements for graduation at North Bennet Street School takes hard work, commitment and dedication. At the May 29, 2015 ceremony at Old North Church in Boston, family, friends and the extended school community celebrated the extraordinary achievements of the class of 2015.

The class of 2015 is the second to complete their requirements in the school's new facility on North Street. On graduation day, after a morning Open House for friends and family, graduating students organized into an informal procession to Old North Church. The ceremony highlight was guest speaker Nick Offerman, the actor, writer, humorist and woodworker best known for his role as Ron on the hit TV show "Parks and Recreation". Offerman delivered a talk that included praise, encouragement and, not surprisingly, humor.

The event also included remarks by Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, NBSS President, Charles Kline, Chair of the Board of Directors, the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award to Kevin Kelly, VM '92, by Colleen Matthews, JM ’12 and the awarding of diplomas and remarks by Claire Fruitman, Provost.  Piano technology student John Totter, PT '15 played the organ. 

The crowd erupted into applause at the end of the ceremony and then spilled out of the church into a gorgeous, warm sunny day to continue the celebration with friends and family.

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