Commencement 2021

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 27–Saturday, May 29  
  Senior Program
Saturday, May 29  
11 a.m. NLI Signing Celebration—Brown Auditorium
12:30 p.m. Commencement Rehearsal—Required for Seniors
2–2:45 p.m. Final Art Exhibit and Reception—Ordway Art Gallery
3 p.m.

Senior Awards Ceremony—Field House

followed by:
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for parents (seniors are welcome to attend)—Commons Room and Atrium

Students depart campus with their families but must return by 9 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday, May 30  
9 a.m. All seniors must be on campus, dressed for commencement.
9:30 a.m. Class Photo—canceled due to inclement weather
10 a.m.

Commencement Exercises on the Village Green*
Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

*Please note: In the event of inclement weather, graduation will be held in the Field House with a limit of four guests per graduate. We request you exercise caution attending this event if you are not vaccinated. It is not necessary to have an invitation to attend the ceremony. 

An important commencement rehearsal will take place on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., and it is imperative that students attend this event. You and your family, and guests are invited to attend our outdoor Senior Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m. All seniors must attend the awards program. Following the ceremony parents are invited to a reception. Students will be treated to lite bites on the Village Green. Following the reception, seniors are required to spend Saturday night with their parents at home or at a hotel. Please be sure students return to campus on Sunday morning by 9 a.m. to gather for a senior photo and commencement preparations.

We shared some exciting news regarding our plans for commencement based on new outdoor event guidelines and lifted restrictions starting on May 19 from the State of Connecticut. All family members are now welcome to attend our 87th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 30, at 10 a.m. The ceremonies will conclude by 11:30 a.m. Seniors should already be packed and ready to leave with their families that afternoon.

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