Year-End Festivities

Do we need reservations/tickets?

Each senior may have up to six tickets for family and friends for the events on Saturday and Sunday. Your reservation allows us to limit crowd size, provide spaced family seating, and provide appropriate seating for anyone with an accessibility issue. 

Need a place to stay?

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


Contact Director of Auxiliary Programs and Special Events Lizzie Duncan.

May 14-16, 2021

Can't be with us in person? Click here to join us by Zoom. Passcode: 344684.

Friday, May 14: Student Celebration - STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF ONLY

1:00 PM All-School Honors, All-School Photo, and Year-End Celebration
Following our last exams, a brief reception for students will be held in the SAS Gallery to honor our student artists. Lunch will be served on campus and the student body will gather at the Outdoor Altar for an End-of-Year Celebration including awards for students in grades 8-12, the All-School Photo, and music and games. 

3:00 PM Commencement Rehearsal for Seniors

3:30 PM Middle School Party, DuBose Conference Center
Cost is $11/student to defray the expenses for food (dinner and dessert will be served) and decorations. It will be billed to the student's account. Students should bring extra face mask, towel, swimsuit, optional change of clothes. Transportation will be provided from SAS to DuBose. Please plan to pick up your child at DuBose no later than 6:30 p.m. RSVP by May 7

Saturday, May 15: Art Exhibition, Major Awards, & Annies - SENIOR FAMILIES

3:00 PM Upper School Student Art Exhibition, SAS Gallery
An exhibition of work by our student artists will take place in the SAS Gallery. All are welcome.

4:30 PM Major Awards and Annie Presentations, Outdoor Altar - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, Can't be with us in person? Click here to join us by Zoom. Passcode: 344684.
The senior class and their guests will gather under the tent at our Outdoor Altar for the presentation of major awards and recognition of senior leadership. All seniors are expected to attend. Following the Honors Ceremony, each senior will be celebrated during the Annie Presentations. The program will end at approximately 6:00 p.m. 

Sunday, May 16: Commencement Service - SENIOR FAMILIES

10 AM Commencement Service and Exercises, Outdoor Altar - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, Can't be with us in person? Click here to join us by Zoom. Passcode: 344684.
The graduation ceremony will last about 70 minutes. Since the Commencement Exercises are part of a religious service, 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.

3 PM Residential Houses Close

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 when the residential houses close, and all students depart for the summer.

It was an amazing weekend! I could go on for days about how much I appreciated so many touches. The ceremonies, music, student speeches, advisors' presentations, flowers, services, and on and on. I cried and laughed and felt a deep gratitude for the awesome village of SAS that rallied to help we humble parents in guiding all those beautiful souls on their journey called high school. Thank you!!

Taylor Mead Albright

Information for Underclassmen

Because of COVID restrictions, this year we are not encouraging underclassmen to be on campus through Commencement Weekend. Seating for underclassmen may be limited.

Underclassmen who do choose to attend the Senior Honors and Annies and the Commencement Service and Exercises are expected to be in formal dress (as defined by the Student Handbook) for these events.

General Information

Student Dress: Student attire for Saturday and Sunday 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.

Reserving Seats for Events: We will be reserving seats for family blocks for the events on Saturday and Sunday.

For guests with special accessibility needs: All parking will be at the gym parking lot. We will have transportation to the Outdoor Altar area for those who need it. For more information, contact Lizzie Duncan.

Capturing the Moment

Photographs: A school photographer will take photos throughout the weekend. These photos will be posted to the school's online photo library where the photos can be accessed and downloaded or purchased. 

News Releases: A news release about your child's graduation will be sent to your hometown newspaper. If you would like it sent to other papers, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing.

For Boarding Students & Parents: All senior boarders must sleep in their own beds on Friday and Saturday nights, even if their parents are in town. Boarders in grades 7-11 may leave campus following our Friday afternoon events. School rules apply until each student leaves the campus on Sunday. No students will be allowed to spend Sunday night on campus. Students should remove all belongings from the dormitories by 3 p.m. on Sunday when the residential houses will be closed and locked.

We encourage students to begin packing and cleaning early. 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. The school cannot assume responsibility for stored goods.