The Gunnery, a private school in Washington, recently held commencement exercises at the meetinghouse of the First Congregational Church on the Green.

Seventy students graduated, including three from the Greater New Milford area.

Local graduates are Christopher Phillip Schwan of New Milford; Karen Layman of Warren, who received the Elizabeth Kempton Award in Art and the Jerome F. McCarthy Arts Award; and William Houldin III of Washington, who received the Red & Gray Tourguides Award and the Thomas Alexander Langford Award for "Always a Gentleman."

The ceremony featured opening words by Head of School Susan G. Graham and the awarding of diplomas and the school's top three awards.

Patrick Baker of the Class of 1989, now a screen writer and film producer, was the guest speaker.

Adam DeSanctis, head prefect, offered his classmates words of encouragement, followed by remarks by Sam Aguirre-Kelly of Washington, head prefect for 2011-12.

Adam was presented the Gunnery Cup, the school's highest honor, given to the student whose character and achievement has contributed most largely to the success of the school year.

Other top award winners included Taylor Rogerson of Soutbbury, who won the Brinsmade Prize, and Andy Powers of Ithaca, N.Y., who won the Head of School Award.