Commencement and Senior Events 2017

Commencement week is fast approaching. We thought you would appreciate an overview of the commencement activities—senior dinner dance, student rehearsal times, the special meeting for worship on Saturday, and the commencement ceremony itself on Sunday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m.

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Monday, May 22, 2017
Recognition Assembly
Commencement Rental Attire Distribution
Robotics Open House
George School Film Festival

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Rehearsal for Senior Assembly
Dining Room Decoration Prep
Prep for Senior MFW
Picnic Dinner in the Garden
Yearbook Distribution for Seniors

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Seniors Decorate the Dining Room
Class Photo Rehearsal
Spring Varsity Sports Banquet
Dress Rehearsal for Senior Assembly

Friday, May 26, 2017
Senior Assembly
College Gear Photo Shoot
Senior Dinner Dance
Senior Parent Reception at Sunnybanke

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Rehearsal for Commencement Daisy Chain, Performers,
   and Speakers

Senior Boarders Room Check
Senior Lunch
Commencement Rehearsal
Commencement Meeting for Worship
Dinner
Evening Entertainment Sponsored by the Class of 2018
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Class Photograph
Generational Photograph
Commencement
Post-Commencement Reception
Senior Boys Return Rental Attire

Bookstore Items
Class of 2017 Keepsake Blanket
   and Pillow

Commencement Announcements
   and Invitations

Commencement DVD and Photos
School Rings

Local Accommodations and Dining
Miscellaneous Information
Reply Form

Monday, May 22, 2017

Recognition Assembly
Time: 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.
Place: Walton Center

Commencement Rental Attire Distribution
Time: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Place: Marshall Center, Coffeehouse

Robotics Open House
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Place: Spruance Alden Science Center

George School Film Festival
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Place: Walton Auditorium

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rehearsal for Senior Assembly
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Place: Walton Center Auditorium

Dining Room Decoration Prep
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Place: Secret

Prep for Senior MFW
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Place: TBD

Picnic Dinner in the Garden
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Place: Organic Garden (Rain location: Dining Room)

Yearbook Distribution for Seniors
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Place: Sunnybanke

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Seniors Decorate the Dining Room
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Class Photo Rehearsal
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Place: Main, South Porch

Spring Varsity Sports Banquet
Time: 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Place: Fitness and Athletics Center

Dress Rehearsal for Senior Assembly
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Place: Walton Auditorium

Friday, May 26, 2017

Senior Assembly
Time: 11:00 a.m. to noon
Place: Walton Auditorium

College Gear Photo Shoot
Time: Immediately following the end of assembly
Place: Hallowell Porch

Dismissal for seniors is at 1:30 p.m. All appointments should be made after 2:00 p.m.

Senior Dinner Dance
Time: 5:00 p.m. for photographs* on Red Square; buses leave George School at 6:00 p.m.
All students must travel by bus.
Place: Pen Ryn Estate, 1601 State Rd, Bensalem, PA
Note: Parents are welcome to drop by Red Square at 5:00 p.m. to take photos of the students who will be gathered there.

Cost: The ticket price for members of the Class of 2017 and their guests is not yet finalized. The seniors have been raising funds to reduce the price of each ticket and to provide a further discount to classmates who may need financial assistance in order to participate. Your support of their efforts is much appreciated.

Senior dinner dance tickets will be sold after spring break and can be charged to the student’s George School account until April 29. After that date only cash will be accepted for the purchase. Students may charge more than one ticket only with parental permission. Contact Shantel Hubert and Edna Valdepeñas to give permission by email.

Return: Departure from Pen Ryn Estate at 10:45 p.m. and buses should arrive back at George School between 11:00 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Please pick your child up promptly.

Attire: Richard Levin from Rochester Formal Wear will be available outside the dining room in Main Lobby later in March. The exact time and date is TBD. He will measure boys who would like to rent tuxedos. Rochester Formal Wear will also be available on another day (date to be determined) for those absent on the first date.

*Rain location for pictures: Fitness and Athletics Center, Beans Concourse

Senior Parent Reception
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Sunnybanke
There will be a reception at Sunnybanke for parents of seniors immediately following the departure of their children to the senior dinner dance.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Rehearsal for Commencement Speakers and Performers
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Place: William Penn Outdoor Auditorium (Rain location: FAC, North Gym)

Senior Boarders Room Check
Dorm teachers will check rooms from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Senior Lunch
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Main, Dining Room

Commencement Rehearsal
Time: noon to 3:30 p.m.
Place: Gather in Marshall Center to process to William Penn Outdoor Auditorium for rehearsal (FAC, North Gym).
Note: It is very important for every senior to attend the rehearsal for the entire time. If a senior does not attend the rehearsal for the entire time, his/her participation in the ceremony on Saturday will be jeopardized.
Attire: Casual and comfortable. Girls must wear their commencement shoes for rehearsal.

Commencement Meeting for Worship
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: George School Meetinghouse
Attire: Girls should wear skirts, dresses, or dress slacks. Boys should wear dress shirts with ties, jackets, and dress pants.
Note: Families are invited to join their children for meeting for worship. Seniors and juniors are expected to attend.

Dinner
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Place: Off campus or Main, Dining Room
Enjoy a family dinner at a local restaurant or have dinner in the dining room.

Evening Entertainment Sponsored by the Class of 2018
Time: 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Place: TBD

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Commencement
Seniors arrive: 8:45 a.m.
Seniors must be dressed and in Main Dining Room at 8:45 a.m. for the pinning of roses, photo on South Porch at 9:30 a.m., and then lining up in Marshall Center at 10:00 a.m. The inclement weather location is in the Fitness and Athletics Center, Movement Studio for the pinning of roses. The rain location for the photo and line-up would take place in the Fitness and Athletics Center, South Gym.

Ceremony Time: 10:30 a.m.

Place: Outdoor Auditorium directly west of the meetinghouse at the base of South Lawn. If you are unable to join us on campus, commencement will be available via livestream (http://livestream.com/GeorgeSchool) for 48 hours following commencement. The livestream will begin when commencement begins.

Inclement weather location: Fitness and Athletics Center, North Gym. Please check the George School website for updates if the weather is uncertain.

Attire: Seniors must be uniform in their attire. The girls must wear all-white, mid-calf or longer dresses (the elevation of the stage makes shorter dresses potentially embarrassing), a slip underneath the dress, and white shoes (white rubber flip-flops are not appropriate). It is important that the dresses be white, not ivory. (If you have doubt about whether your dress is in keeping with our expectations, hold it against a sheet of white printer paper.) Dresses should be at least four inches below the bottom of the knees. No off-white or colored trims, please. No bare midriffs or skin-tight clothing. Girls must have their actual dresses (not photos of them) approved by Barb Kibler or Maureen West by Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

The boys’ commencement attire includes white dinner jackets, black bow ties, white shirts, black trousers, black shoes, and black socks. All jackets and ties must match. To make this easier, all the clothing (except for black socks) is rented from Rochester Formal Wear. They will come to campus for fittings. The charge to rent the white dinner jacket, black bow tie, white shirt, and black trousers is TBD. For an additional amount TBD, black shoes may be rented. These charges will be on your spring bill under incidental expenses.

Richard Levin from Rochester Formal Wear will be available outside the dining room in Main Lobby later in March. The exact time and date is TBD. He will measure boys who would like to rent tuxedos. Rochester Formal Wear will also be available on another day (date to be determined) for those absent on the first date.

They will take orders for the senior dinner dance and commencement if any student is interested.

Senior boys should pick up commencement attire at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22 in Marshall, Coffeehouse. Returns should be made on May 28 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. in Marshall, Coffeehouse.

Seniors are asked not to wear any additional clothing not listed above. If students are not properly attired, they will not be permitted to participate in commencement. If anyone has a question or wants to discuss an alternative to the requirements, please contact Barbara Kibler (215.579.6667) or Maureen West (215.579.6665).

If you are making plans after commencement, please allow approximately one and a half to two hours for the ceremony.

Class Photograph: A class photograph will be taken at 9:30 a.m. on the South Porch of Main Building. The inclement weather location is the Fitness and Athletics Center, South Gym. This photograph, a DVD of the commencement ceremony, and a photo of your child receiving his or her diploma is available for purchase. Please click here if you wish to order these items.

Generations Photograph: In addition to the senior class photo any senior who had a parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent who attended George School will be photographed together. (Any of these alumni relatives are encouraged to join the students in this photograph. Plan to come to South Porch of Main Building, for the photo immediately after the 9:30 a.m. class photo.)

Guests: There is no limit to the number of people you may invite, but seating is limited if there is inclement weather. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. On a sunny day, it can get very hot sitting in the outdoor auditorium. Guests may want to wear a hat and sunscreen.

If you need information about handicapped parking, please call Heather Till in the Advancement Office at 215.579.6570 or send her an email at htill@georgeschool.org. There will be golf carts available to transport handicapped guests from their cars to the seating area. There are no designated seating areas.

Post-Commencement Reception
Time: Immediately following commencement
Place: Picnic grove. The inclement weather location is in the Fitness and Athletics Center, South Gym.
Guests: All of your guests are invited to this buffet luncheon at no charge.

Notes: Boys’ rented clothing should be returned on Sunday, May 28, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. to the Coffeehouse located on the upper level of Marshall Center. Boys should return their tuxes after changing into other clothing. Please do not change in the Coffeehouse.

Boarders: Seniors must move out of the dorms by 4:00 p.m. on the day of commencement.

Bookstore Items

Commencement Announcements and Invitations
Commencement announcements and/or invitations will be available from the bookstore in April. It is important to reserve them early. Click here to order. Questions? Contact Dan Zalenski at dzalenski@georgeschool.org or by phone at 215.579.6601.

Commencement DVD and Photos
To commemorate your child’s commencement, you may purchase the following DVD and photographs.

DVD (in DVD-R format) with the commencement ceremony, photos from the gathering on Red Square before the Senior Dinner Dance, and an overview of campus. $40.

Class of 2017 commencement photograph, a George School classic, 8×10 in black and white. $18.

Your child’s photograph, receiving his or her diploma from Head of School Sam Houser, 5×7 in color. $18.

To order your DVD and photos, click here.

Class of 2017 Keepsake Blanket and Pillow
Class of 2017 keepsake blanket and matching pillow features the George School tree. The bookstore will also have a George School Meetinghouse blanket that features the meetinghouse but no class year. Please order by May 1, 2017. Click here to order.

School Rings
Orders may be placed directly on the jostens.com website. A custom ring takes about six to eight weeks for delivery. Questions? Contact Dan Zalenski at dzalenski@georgeschool.org or by phone at 215.579.6601.

Local Accommodations and Dining

Please visit our website for further information about local accommodations and dining or contact the Advancement Office at 215.579.6570.

Miscellaneous Information

Student Banking

If your child has a TD Bank checking account through George School, please remind your child to report to the student bank to update the status of his or her account by Friday, April 21, 2017. Graduating seniors may keep their accounts active after commencement by completing a change of address form available at the student bank located in the Business Office. We encourage those who close their checking accounts to maintain a cash envelope at the Deans’ Office until the end of the school year.

Students with debit accounts need to stop by the Business Office before Friday, May 26, to close out the debit account. The bank will be closed on the day of commencement.

Cell Phones
During commencement rehearsal or commencement cell phones are not permitted.

Passports
International students’ passports are kept in the Deans’ Office. Students may pick up their passports on Sunday, May 28, before 10:00 p.m.

Post Office and Bookstore
For your convenience, the school post office will be open on Friday, May 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The post office will be closed on Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29. The bookstore will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 28.

Questions?

If you have any questions please see the list below. We look forward to seeing you during this special time.

Class sponsor Shantel Hubert 215.579.6840
Class sponsor Edna Valdepeñas 215.579.6590
Boys’ rental attire Pippa Rex 215.579.6588
General information Heather Till 215.579.6570
Handicapped parking Heather Till 215.579.6570
Hosting students, departures Deans’ Office 215.579.6589
Photos/DVDs Heather Till 215.579.6570
Questions on girls’ attire Barb Kibler
Maureen West
215.579.6667
215.579.6665
Invitations or announcements, George School Class of 2017 keepsake blanket and matching pillow, George School blanket featuring the meetinghouse Dan Zalenski 215.579.6601

Handicap Parking Instructions

Handicap parking will be in the P1 Parking Lot on the Pennswood Village property, adjacent to George School’s campus. From there, shuttles will take visitors directly to the William Penn Auditorium for the Commencement exercises. There are no designated or reserved handicap seating areas, so make sure to arrive early to secure desired seats.

Directions to the handicapped parking for George School Commencement 2017

If traveling south on Newtown Langhorne Road (Route 413):

  • Drive past George School (on right) and Newtown Friends School.
  • Turn right at the traffic light onto Pennswood Village Road.
  • Follow Pennswood Village Road to the end and take a right.
  •  Make the first right into the parking lot. It will be marked P1.

If traveling north on Newtown Langhorne Rd (Route 413):

  • Turn left at the traffic light onto Pennswood Village Road. Newtown Friends School will be on the far left corner of the intersection. If you see George School’s campus on your left, you have gone too far.
  • Once on Pennswood Village Road, proceed to the end and make a right.
  • Make the first right into the parking lot, it will be marked P1.

Please note: We encourage families to arrive between 9:00–10:00 a.m. to secure seating in the William Penn Auditorium.

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