Commencement Weekend May 19–21, 2017

Event Details for Parents and Other Guests

Please note: The Senior Banquet is the only event for which you will need a reservation. Seniors do not need tickets. Please contact Lizzie Duncan if you need assistance.

The most desirable area accommodations fill up fast. Our visitors' guide offers a list of hotels and motels in the area. We recommend making your reservations early.

Friday, May 19
5:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Service, Outdoor Altar
This year's Baccalaureate speaker will be Claire Reishman.
6:30 PM Senior Banquet, Robinson Dining Hall
7:30 PM Lead Out & Annie Presentations, McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts

The Senior Banquet is the only event for which you will need to make reservations. Seniors and up to two additional guests are complimentary. Additional guests are $20 each. All seating is reserved and you will be guided to your table by our special events team. (All reservations will be logged, but you will not receive a physical ticket.) The buffet will be open as soon as guests begin arriving from the Baccalaureate Service. Please contact Lizzie Duncan if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Senior Banquet.

Each senior will be celebrated during the Annie Presentations and Senior Lead Out but not in alphabetical order. They each will receive an Annie (short for Angel) medallion. The program will end at approximately 9 p.m. Seating in McCrory Hall is open and accessible.

Saturday, May 20
10 a.m. Honors Day, Outdoor Altar
Honors Day lasts about an hour. Seniors are required to attend. Upper School students are encouraged to be in attendance. Middle School students are welcome. A reception will be given in Simmonds Hall following the event. Students' creative work will be on exhibition in the SAS Gallery throughout the weekend.

Sunday, May 21
10 a.m. Commencement Eucharist and Commencement Exercises, Outdoor Altar
The graduation ceremony lasts about one and a half hours. Since the Commencement Exercises are part of a Eucharist, we ask that there be no applause, cheering, or any type of noise or demonstration when graduates' names are called as they receive their diplomas. We appreciate your respect for this tradition.

Following: Reception, Spencer Room in Langford Hall.
3 p.m. Residential Houses Close

General Information

Student Dress: The student attire for Commencement Weekend events is formal dress as defined in the Handbook. Students may choose one of the following formal dress traditions: 1) Dress or skirt/dress pants with blouse and dress shoes, or 2) Coat and tie, dress shirt, dress pants, belt, socks, and dress shoes.

Important Reminders for Boarders: All boarders must sleep in their own beds on Friday and Saturday nights, even if their parents are in town. All school rules apply until each student leaves the campus on Sunday. No students will be allowed to spend Sunday night in an on-campus residential house. Students should remove all belongings from the dormitories, since the residential houses will be closed and locked at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Reserving Seats for Events Under the Tent: We do not reserve blocks of seats, except in the case of a person in a wheelchair or someone who has special needs. Please make plans to have your group arrive early in order to find seats together.

For guests with special accessibility needs: Accessible parking is provided behind Langford Hall. You may park near the archway on the side of the Chapel while helping a passenger to the tent. We usually seat guests in wheelchairs in aisle seats in the center aisle or at the outer edge of a row. We will remove a folding chair to make room for the wheelchair. Ushers will be glad to assist you with this. It will be important to have other members of the family come early to reserve seats near an aisle so that the family can sit together. For more information, contact Lizzie Duncan.


Capturing the Moment

Photographs: Two school photographers will take photos during the weekend, and these will be posted on SmugMug, the school's online photo library. The photos can be accessed and downloaded or purchased at SmugMug. If you want to get a close-up photo of your senior receiving the diploma, you may come to the front right corner of the tent (nearest to where the seniors are sitting) and take pictures from that angle.

Video: There will not be a professional videographer. If you want to film your own video, we ask that you do so from your seat in order not to block the view of others.

News Releases: A news release about your son's or daughter's graduation will be sent (with a photograph) to your hometown newspaper. If you would like it sent to other papers, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing.


Information for Underclassmen

All students are encouraged to be on campus through Commencement Weekend. School rules remain in effect through the Sunday afternoon.

Formal dress is expected of students attending the Baccalaureate Service, Senior Banquet (with the exception of servers), Honors Day, and Commencement.

On Friday, freshmen will work as servers for the Senior Banquet. They are to report to the Robinson Dining Hall at 5 p.m. dressed in khaki or black pants (or skirts for females) and a white button down shirt. They will be done at 7 p.m. (Ninth grade students with siblings graduating will not have to serve and may sit with their families at the dinner.)

All Upper School students are strongly encouraged to attend Baccalaureate, the Annies, Honors Day, and Commencement. Middle School students are encouraged to attend. Other family, friends, and guests are welcome.

The Senior Banquet is open to seniors and their guests only. Sophomore and junior boarders, faculty, and staff will have dinner at the theater.

A SPECIAL NOTE TO BOARDING STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS

For Boarding Parents: Boarding students are required to spend Friday and Saturday nights in their own rooms. Residential houses will close Sunday afternoon following Commencement. Rooms must be cleared of all belongings and cleaned by 3 p.m. on Sunday in order to be approved for departure by house parents. We encourage students to begin packing and cleaning on Saturday afternoon. Students will not be allowed to spend Sunday night in a residential house, nor should they leave any of their belongings in a house after Commencement. To ensure that you will not be charged a cleaning fee, rooms must be left clean and undamaged. A limited amount of storage is available for use during summer vacation. You may coordinate this with your child's house parent or Dean Clay. The school cannot assume responsibility for stored goods.

Off-Campus Graduation Parties
Please be aware that the school does not sponsor any event following Commencement and is not holding any off campus events on Saturday evening. School officially ends with the conclusion of Commencement on Sunday, the residential houses close, and all students depart for the summer.

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