Commencement and Senior Events 2020

Commencement week activities are outlined below including the senior dinner dance, student rehearsal times, the special meeting for worship on Saturday, and the commencement ceremony itself on Sunday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m.

Watch Commencement 2020 via live stream. This link will be active on May 24, 2020.

Monday, May 18, 2020

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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: 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 20, 2020

Seniors Decorate the Dining Room

Time: 9:00 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

Thursday, May 21, 2020

All School Meeting for Worship

Time: 10:10 to 10:50 a.m.
Location: Meetinghouse

Friday, May 22, 2020

Senior Assembly

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

College Gear Photo Shoot and Party with College Counseling

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: 4:15 p.m. for photographs* on Red Square; boarding of buses begins at 4:45 p.m. and buses leave George School at 5:00 p.m.
All students must travel by bus.
Place: Pen Ryn Manor (6:00 to 10:30 p.m.)

Note: Parents are welcome to drop by Red Square at 4:15 p.m. to take photos of the students who will be gathered there.

Cost: Tickets for the senior dinner dance will go on sale Wednesday, April 1 to Thursday, April 30 in the school store. Tickets are $70.00 per person.

Payment can be made in cash, George School debit account, or the George School student account. Those students on the debit system must have sufficient funds available to complete the transaction. Credit cards will not be accepted for this purchase. Non-seniors are not permitted to purchase senior dinner dance tickets unless they are attending with a senior and have permission from Marion Wells or Peggy Karaffa.

The parents of seniors wishing to purchase more than one ticket need to email Marion Wells (mwells@georgeschool.org) with permission prior to purchasing tickets. Students attending with a non-GS guest must fill out the George School Dance Guest Form at least one week before the event. The form is available in the Deans’ Office

Feel free to contact the class sponsors, Marion Wells (mwells@georgeschool.org) or Peggy Karaffa (pkaraffa@georgeschool.org), if you have any questions.

Return: Departure from Pen Ryn Manor will be at 10:30 p.m. and buses should arrive back at George School between 11:00 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 on Wednesday, February 26. He will measure anyone who would like to rent tuxedos. Rochester Formal Wear will also be available on Wednesday, March 4 for those who missed the February 26 fitting.

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

Senior Parent Reception

Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Mollie Dodd Anderson Library
There will be a reception in the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library for parents of seniors immediately following the departure of their children to the senior dinner dance. Please fill out the RSVP form below.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Rehearsal for Commencement Speakers and Performers

Time: 9:45 a.m.
Place: William Penn Outdoor Auditorium (Rain location: FAC, Geissinger 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, Geissinger 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 Sunday will be jeopardized.

Commencement Meeting for Worship

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: George School Meetinghouse
Attire: Please select clothing that you would wear if you were going to a celebratory dinner with your family at a fancy restaurant.
Note: Families are invited to join their children for meeting for worship. Seniors and juniors are expected to attend.


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.  If attending dinner in the dining room please RSVP here.

Evening Entertainment Sponsored by the Class of 2021

Time: 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Place: TBD

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Commencement Attire

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. (Alternatives may be palazzo pants, pantsuits, trousers, skirts, all with accompanying white shirts and shoes.) All graduation attire must be approved by Barbara Kibler or Maureen West by April 17, 2020.

Jackets and Ties: White dinner jacket, black bow tie, 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.

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 (bkibler@georgeschool.org) or Maureen West (mwest@georgeschool.org).

Richard Levin from Rochester Formal Wear will be available outside the dining room in Main Lobby on Wednesday, February 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. He will measure those who would like to rent tuxedos. Rochester Formal Wear will also be available on Wednesday, March 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for anyone that missed the February 26 fitting. 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 18 in Marshall, Coffeehouse. Returns should be made on May 25 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. in Marshall, Coffeehouse.

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 and a photo of your child receiving his or her diploma are available for purchase at the School Store.


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, Garrett Family 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.

Seniors should give their cell phones to a family member before the class photo is taken. Phones should not be returned to seniors until the conclusion of the commencement ceremony.

Ceremony Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Outdoor Auditorium directly west of the meetinghouse at the base of South Lawn.

Livestreaming: The ceremony will be available on George School Livestream. Find the link at www.georgeschool.org.

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

Guests: There is no limit to the number of people you may invite. Please fill out the RSVP form.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. When arriving early, you may reserve no more than four seats per graduate. 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 Gayle Kowalewski in the Advancement Office at 215.579.6502 or send her an email at gkowalewski@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 Buffet Lunch

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 lunch at no charge.  Please fill out the RSVP form.

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

Senior Boys Return Rental Attire

Boys’ rented clothing should be returned on Sunday, May 24, 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.

School Store Items

Commencement Announcements and Invitations

Commencement announcements and/or invitations will be available from the school store in April. It is important to reserve them early. Click here to order. Questions? Contact Maddy Roepcke at mroepcke@georgeschool.org or by phone at 215.579.6621.

Commencement Photos

You may pre-order Commencement photographs in the online School Store.

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 Maddy Roepcke at mroepcke@georgeschool.org or by phone at 215.579.6601.

Additional Information

Local Accommodations and Dining

Please visit our website for further information about local accommodations and dining or contact Gayle Kowalewski at 215.579.6502.

Student Banking

Students with George School debit accounts need to stop by the Business Office before Friday, May 22, to close out their account. The bank will be closed on the day of commencement.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are not permitted during commencement rehearsal or commencement.


International students’ passports are kept in the Deans’ Office. Students may pick up their passports on Sunday, May 24, before 10:00 p.m.

Post Office and School Store

For your convenience, the school store and the school post office will be open on Friday, May 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The school store and the school post office will be closed on Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25.

Assisted and Handicap Parking Instructions

Assisted and handicap parking will be in the P1 Parking Lot on the Pennswood Village property, adjacent to George School’s campus. From there, golf carts 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 commencement parking 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 the access road to Pennswood Village and Newtown Friends School. 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.

Senior Portrait Day

Senior Portrait Day will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2020 between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. More information and scheduling are available online.


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

Class sponsor, Peggy Karaffa – 215.579.6654
Class sponsor, Marion Wells – 215.579.6653
Boys’ rental attire, Pippa Porter Rex – 215.579.6588
General information, Gayle Kowalewski – 215.579.6502
Handicapped parking, Gayle Kowalewski – 215.579.6502
Hosting students and departures, Deans’ Office – 215.579.6589
Questions on attire, Barb Kibler – 215.579.6667 and Maureen West – 215.579.6665
Invitations or announcements, Maddy Roepcke – 215.579.6601