George School Announces Plans for Spring Commencement

Photo by Tim Major.

Detailed Commencement information for parents and students. 

The George School Commencement Committee is pleased to announce that the Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony will include a virtual, pre-recorded ceremony with in-person experiences on campus on Saturday, May 29, 2021. All day, boarding, and distance learning seniors are invited, but not required, to participate in person. The virtual ceremony will be available to the entire George School community to view.

Due to space limitations and safety concerns, only two guests per graduate will be permitted to join on campus.

In-person activities will take place on May 29, rain or shine. That morning, seniors will take part in the traditional pinning of the roses and Commencement processional on campus. After the procession, seniors will gather as a class to watch our pre-recorded Commencement ceremony. In response to students’ requests, a chat room will be provided so that students can communicate in real time.

The Commencement ceremony will stream to George School’s global community on May 29, at 9:30 a.m. Indoor viewing locations will be available on campus for the families of graduates to watch the ceremony in socially-distant and safe spaces.

Following the online ceremony, Head of School Sam Houser will hand diplomas to students at a campus location to be determined and to offer remarks of goodwill and congratulations. Photo opportunities will be available on campus for students and their families, including in the outdoor auditorium and its surroundings. For those graduates unable to join on campus, diplomas will be mailed.

All guests coming to campus for the ceremony will need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival on campus. Proof of a negative test result will be required even for those individuals who have received the vaccination.

Commencement Meeting for Worship will take place virtually on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Similar to last year’s Commencement Meeting for Worship, this will include a combination of pre-recorded senior performances and live messages from parents and graduates shared via livestream.

George School continues to review safety guidelines and protocols. Plans are subject to change as necessary for the health and safety of our community.


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