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
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.
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.
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.
Friday, May 22, 2020
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 (email@example.com) 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
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.
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Main, Dining Room
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.
Evening Entertainment Sponsored by the Class of 2021
Time: 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 24, 2020
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Maureen West (email@example.com).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
You may pre-order Commencement photographs in the online School Store.
Local Accommodations and Dining
Please visit our website for further information about local accommodations and dining or contact Gayle Kowalewski at 215.579.6502.
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 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.
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