Sunday, May 28 - Commencement Ceremony
8:00–9:30 a.m. | Continental Breakfast for Seniors (Dining Room; Rain Location: Movement Studio, FAC)
8:45 a.m. | Pinning of Roses (Main Dining Room; Rain Location: Movement Studio, FAC)
9:30 a.m. | Senior Class Photo (South Porch Steps, Main Building; Rain Location: South Gym, FAC)
10:00 a.m. | Seniors line up in walking order for the ceremony. (Marshall Center; Rain Location: South Gym, FAC)
10:20 a.m. | The processional begins at 10:20 a.m. preceded by the traditional daisy chain. (Rain Location: South Gym, FAC)
10:30 a.m. | The ceremony is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (William Penn Outdoor Auditorium; Rain Location: North Gym, FAC) No tickets required
12:00 p.m. | Lunch (South Gym, FAC) *Families are invited to attend.
1:00–3:00 p.m. | Tuxedo rental returns (Marshall Center Coffeehouse)
1:00–4:00 p.m. | Seniors must move out of the dorms by 4:00 p.m. on the day of Commencement.
All traffic will enter campus via Farm Drive. Main Drive will be closed. Here is a campus map. Seniors must arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. and report to the Dining Room. Guests arriving separately from students can arrive between 8:00-9:15 a.m. and proceed to the William Penn Auditorium.
Assisted and Handicap Parking Instructions
Directions to the assisted and handicap Commencement parking
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. Make a right onto Meetinghouse Lane (past Newtown Friends School), then make a left onto Tenant Drive. Staff members will be there to guide families and assist with golf carts.
Traveling north on Newtown Langhorne Road (Route 413):
Turn left at the traffic light onto to Pennswood Village Road. If you see George School’s campus on your left, you have gone too far. Once on Pennswood Village Road, make a right onto Meetinghouse Lane (past Newtown Friends School), then make a left onto Tenant Drive. Staff members will be there to guide families and assist with golf carts.
From the handicap and assisted parking section, golf carts will take visitors directly to the William Penn Outdoor Auditorium for the Commencement exercises. There are no designated or reserved handicap seating areas, so make sure you arrive early to secure desired seats.
The George School graduation ceremony tradition is for seniors to be uniform in their attire.
Dresses: Dresses are all-white (not ivory), mid-calf or longer, worn with slips and white shoes.
Jackets and Ties: White dinner jackets, black bow ties, white shirt, black trousers, black shoes and black socks. All jackets and ties should match and therefore all of this type of clothing (except for the black socks) is rented during a campus visit from Rochester Formal Wear and charged under incidental expenses.
All graduation attire must be approved by Barbara Kibler or Maureen West by Monday, April 17.
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 or Maureen West.
Richard Levin from Rochester Formal Wear will be available outside the Dining Room in Main Lobby on Thursday, February 23 during lunch from 11:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. He will measure those who would like to rent tuxedos. They will take orders for the Senior Dinner Dance and Commencement if any student is interested.
Seniors that rented tuxedos should pick up Commencement attire at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22 in Marshall, Coffeehouse. Returns should be made on Sunday, May 28 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. in Marshall, Coffeehouse.
Local Accommodations and Dining
Read about local accommodations and dining here or contact Gayle Kowalewski at 215.579.6502.
Parents/Guardians are invited to the below events celebrating the Class of 2023:
- Friday, May 26: Senior Dinner Dance photos on Red Square (5:00 p.m., Red Square; Rain Location: FAC)
- Friday, May 26: Senior Parent/Guardian Reception (6:00 p.m., MDA Library) RSVP HERE.
- Saturday, May 27: Commencement Meeting for Worship (4:00 p.m., Meetinghouse)
- Sunday, May 28: Commencement (10:30 a.m., William Penn Outdoor Auditorium; Rain Location: FAC, North Gym)
- Sunday, May 28: Commencement Lunch (12:00 p.m., Picnic Grove; Rain Location: South Gym, FAC)
- All guests are invited to lunch following Commencement
International students’ passports are kept in the Deans’ Office. Senior students should pick up their passports on Sunday, May 28, before 4:00 p.m.
Post Office and School Store
For your convenience, the George School Store and the George School Post Office will be open on Friday, May 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The store and the post office will be closed on Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29.
Senior Portrait Day
Senior Portrait Day will take place on Friday, March 30, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Students with George School debit accounts need to stop by the Business Office before Friday, May 26 to close out their account. The bank will be closed on the day of Commencement.
If you have any questions please see the list below. We look forward to seeing you during this special time.
Class Sponsors: Shari Rossmann and Brittany Mokshefsky
General Information: Gayle Kowalewski – 215.579.6502
Handicapped Parking: Gayle Kowalewski – 215.579.6502
Rental Attire: Deans’ Office – 215.579.6589
Questions on Attire: Barb Kibler – 215.579.6667 and Maureen West – 215.579.6665
School Store: Maddy Roepcke – 215.579.6601