The threat of rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm Tuesday at Canterbury School in New Milford.

On a fickle weather day, officials feared inclement weather might drench the traditional, open-lawn setting beyond the chapel, so the Class of 2010 celebrated its commencement inside the school's fieldhouse.

The New Milford school's 93rd annual graduation started with an academic procession to the chapel, followed by a celebration of the Eucharist. Graduates then processed into the fieldhouse to "Pomp and Circumstance.''

This year's guest speaker, 1984 Canterbury graduate and accomplished art curator Jay A. Clarke, informed the Class of 2010 graduates she wanted to bestow upon them two "nuggets of wisdom.''

Though they may seem incongruous, Ms. Clarke said she believes the two character attributes that are the keys to true success are perseverance and gratitude.

"You can have one without the other, but without both you will have an unbalanced life,'' said Ms. Clarke, who today is a curator at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Ma.

She is also a lecturer for the Williams College graduate program in art history.

To succeed, one has to have a "gritty determination'' but to appreciate life one needs to practice gratitude, said Ms. Clarke of what she has learned from her own life experiences.

"Life can be scary," she recounted. "And sometimes your goals seem impossible.''

That is when she heeds the advice of Eleanor Roosevelt to go ahead and do what you fear you cannot.

And at all times, she said, disappointments notwithstanding, she practices gratitude.

"The difficult years help us never take our blessings for granted,'' Ms. Clarke said.

The following Canterbury graduates and undergraduates from the Greater New Milford area recently received awards at award ceremonies.

For graduates, the college they will attend in the fall is indicated before the awards. Seniors who did not receive awards but will go on to college are listed below:

-Hillary Buzaid of Bridgewater: Loyola University. The Edward F. Mack Award for Outstanding Contributions as an Admission Ambassador, the Terence F. Carmody '56 Award for Excellence in the Study of Spanish and the Philip H. Brodie Award.

-John Briscoe of Gaylordsville: Lehigh University. Member of Canterbury Honor Society, the Edward F. Mack Award for Outstanding Contributions to Theater (Male Performance), the Frederick L. Gilson '50 Award for Excellence in Instrumental Music Performance, the Captain Thomas J. Sartor Award for Excellence in the Study of Science and the Philip H. Brodie Award.

-Charles McAndrew of Kent: Merrimack College.

-Alyssa Najm of New Milford: University of Connecticut. The Edward F. Mack Award for Outstanding Contributions to The Cantuarian and the Philip H. Brodie Award. The William Stephanak '78 Boys' Tennis Trophy.

-Eileen Bell of New Milford: St. Anselm College. Most Improved Female Athlete, the Edward F. Mack Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Life, the Weldon R. Knox Award for the greatest improvement in the study of Mathematics while at Canterbury and the Dr. Nelson Hume Award.

-Timothy O'Keeffe of New Milford: Ohio Wesleyan University. The Edward F. Mack Award for Outstanding Contributions to The Cantuarian, the Edward F. Mack Award for Outstanding Contributions to The Tabard, the Edward F. Mack Award for Outstanding Contributions to Peer Counseling Community Service Award, the Class of 1987 Citizenship Award and the Philip H. Brodie Award.

-Emma DiGiacomo of New Milford: Stonybrook University. Best Leadership in Sports, the Edward F. Mack Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Life, the Class of 1987 Citizenship Award and the Philip H. Brodie Award.

-Alexander Lord of Sherman: Salve Regina University, John Confort '70 Football Award and Best All-Around Male Athlete.

-Winston Curteza-Allen of Sherman: Manhattanville College. C.T. Fisher '72 Boys' Soccer Award.

UNDERCLASSMEN AWARDS

-Jake Sheehy of New Milford: Nicholas DiTullio Award.

-Stephanie Powdar of New Milford: A Better Chance Academic Achievement Award and the Roderick Clarke '46 Distinguished Academic Achievement Award (Fourth Form).

-Logan D. Pettinato of Sherman: The Canterbury Public Speak Award (Fourth Form) and the Canterbury History Research Paper Award (Fourth Form).