2019 Alumni Homecoming Weekend

Friday, October 4
2 p.m.           Fall Festival-food, fun and games for the family
5:30 p.m.     All-Alumni “Tailgate” Party in the Anne Doug Spencer
                     Commons (adults only please), casual, food and adult
                     beverages and EXCLUSIVE hard hat tour of the new
                     dining hall and Lower School wing
                     $20 per person –pay at door
6 p.m.           Homecoming Soccer game

Saturday, October 5
1:30 p.m.     Alumni V. Varsity Soccer Game- contact
           , all welcome 

  It's Reunion time for the 4's and 9's!
To see when your reunion is, click here

2019 Graduation features a message from Ken Harkavy '63

Hampton Roads Academy celebrated the accomplishments of 74 students during the 2019 Commencement Ceremony in the school’s Svein J. Lassen Auditorium. They are the newest members of the Alumni Association and they continue the tradition of 100 percent college acceptance and earned $6 million in merit scholarships and awards.
The morning ceremony included commencement addresses from Hampton Roads Academy Upper School English teacher Heidi H. Speece, selected by the senior class to give the Salutation, and senior Brandon Kim, selected by his classmates to give the Student Commencement Speech. The Commencement Address was given by HRA alumni Kenneth L. Harkavy, MD, MBA ‘63. After the Conferring of Diplomas, Headmaster Peter W. Mertz gave closing remarks.

“Hampton Roads Academy is extremely proud of this diverse group of graduates,” said Peter W. Mertz, Headmaster. “They are a wonderful mixture of academics, athletes, artists and involved citizens who have already had a tremendously positive effect on our wider Hampton Roads community."

The 74 members of the Class of 2019 leave a legacy of great success at Hampton Roads Academy in the classroom: two seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their high academic achievement; on the stage: the seniors led this year’s play productions and concerts; and on the athletic fields: two graduates will play collegiate athletics on an NCAA team. Graduates plan to attend 43 different colleges or universities.

Click here to view photos of HRA's 2019 Commencement Ceremony. 

Alumni Council

All former students of Hampton Roads Academy shall be members of the Association (non-graduates will become members once their class has graduated). Honorary membership in the Association may be conferred upon others by a three-fourths vote of alumni present and voting at the annual meeting of the Association. 

The purposes of the Alumni Association are:

1. To promote and foster the spirit of fellowship and community among alumni of Hampton Roads Academy.

2. To promote and further the interests of, and interest in, Hampton Roads Academy as an educational institution.

3 To render assistance, advice and service to Hampton Roads Academy whenever needed. Specifically, this includes promoting and supporting annual alumni reunions, assisting in the recruiting of qualified applicants to Hampton Roads Academy, and rendering financial assistance to Hampton Roads Academy through the Annual Fund and other fund-raising projects.

Gray Bowditch `02, Wendy Drucker `76, Trip Ferguson `67, Courtney Elliott Gardner `85, Courtnay Buxton Gilmore `88, Sherri Lascola Gretka `81, Ken Harkavy `63, Will Ouzts `06, Birgit Reese Kingsbury `84, Tasha Young Rose `98, Mark Sarrett `79, John Stout `82.

Meet the Staff

List of 1 members.

  • Photo of Rachel Hirsch

    Rachel Hirsch 

    Director of Alumni Relations

Text HRA to 51555 to stay connected!

Alumni Volunteer Opportunities

List of 3 items.

  • Serve as a Class Agent

    • Promote friendship and connection to HRA among former classmates
    • Support the Annual Fund through a personal gift and by encouraging alumni support through classmates and friends
    • Attend meetings and alumni phonathons
    • Help plan reunions
    • Collect and submit news for the Navigator class notes
    • Assist Advancement office with maintaining current contact information for class
    • Manage a class Facebook group page and other social media
  • Serve as a member of the Alumni Council

    • Attend three to four meetings a year
    • Support the Annual Fund through a personal gift and by encouraging alumni support through classmates and friends
    • Assist with Homecoming events and all-alumni reunions
    • Organize the alumni soccer game
    • Organize the alumni basketball game
    • Assist with school events (see below)
  • Volunteer at school events

    • Volunteer for a fundraising event (golf tournament, gala, etc.)
    • Volunteer in a classroom
    • Speak to students about your career
    • Offer an HRA student a summer internship
    • Serve as a Trustee of the school (appointed position)
    • Present awards at the Memorial Awards Assembly
    • Attend the Senior transition breakfast to help welcome the newest alumni to the group

Hampton Roads Academy

HRA is accredited through the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is a National Blue Ribbon School.