Commencement and Senior Events 2021
Commencement week activities are outlined below including the senior dance, the special meeting for worship on Friday, and the commencement ceremony itself on Saturday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. These plans are preliminary and our Commencement Committee continues to develop additional details. As they are confirmed, those details will be outlined here. This year’s celebration will feature virtual and in-person events as we strive to include our day, boarding, and distance learning students and families.
To assist the Commencement Committee in its planning, please complete this survey to indicate if your graduate anticipates participating in the Commencement ceremony remotely or in-person.
Watch Commencement 2021 via live stream. This link will be active on May 29, 2021.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
The senior dance will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at the Pen Ryn Estate using a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. Distance learning students are welcome to participate in this event in person. More information will come from class sponsors Becky Hutchins and Scott Seraydarian ’90 in the coming weeks.
Friday, May 28, 2021
Commencement Meeting for Worship
Commencement Meeting for Worship will take place virtually on Friday, May 28, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. 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 live stream.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
In-person activities will take place on Saturday, May 29, 2021, rain or shine. That morning, seniors will gather for the traditional pinning of the roses and Commencement processional on campus at a time we will soon share. 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 on Saturday, May 29, at 9:30 a.m. EDT and be available to our George School community around the world. Indoor viewing locations will be available on campus for the families of our graduates to watch the ceremony in physically-distant and safe spaces.
Due to space limitations and safety concerns at this moment, only two guests per student will be permitted to join our graduates on campus. Information about how to secure your tickets will be shared in the coming days. Please note that these tickets are non-transferable. If conditions allow, we will let you know about the availability of additional tickets closer to the event.
Awarding of Diplomas
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 us on campus on May 29, their diplomas will be mailed prior to Commencement.
Students wishing to wear white dresses, jumpsuits, or pantsuits:
- Clothing should be pure white (like printer paper).
- Dresses should be at least mid-calf in length.
- No cut-outs or bare midriffs.
Students wishing to wear black pants and white collared, button-down shirts:
- Long black pants.
- Shirts should be long-sleeve and pure white.
- White jacket is allowed, but not required.
- Black bow ties will be provided and will be yours to keep.
All graduates will receive a red rose boutonniere on the day of Commencement in addition to a Commencement face mask that may be worn on its own or on top of another mask.
These details were shared with students prior to March Break. Students should email a picture of their outfits to Barb Kibler or Mo West for approval. If possible, please wear the clothing in the photo.
Distance Learning Students
Distance learning students from the Class of 2021 are welcomed to campus as if they were day students and may participate in on-campus Commencement activities. Students wishing to do so should reach out to the Deans’ Office to share their arrival date. Information about other traditional Commencement week activities, such as yearbook distribution, will be shared by class sponsors Becky Hutchins and Scott Seraydarian ’90.
Health & Safety Information
All guests of our graduates and distance learning students planning to come to campus on Saturday, May 29, 2021, are required 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 also will be required for those individuals who have received vaccinations. Day and boarding students participating in Commencement activities will not be required to present proof of a negative test result if they have taken part in the COVID testing at George School that week.
Those in attendance on May 29 are required to follow our health and safety guidelines. Masks will be required at all times while on campus and physical distancing guidelines will be in effect both indoors and outdoors.
George School continues to review our guidelines and protocols. Plans are subject to change as necessary for the health and safety of our community.
Local Accommodations & 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.
International students’ passports are kept in the Deans’ Office. Students may pick up their passports on Saturday, May 29, before 10:00 p.m.
Post Office & School Store
For your convenience, the George School Store and the George School Post Office will be open on Friday, May 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The store and the post office will be closed on Saturday, May 29 through Monday, May 31.
Senior Portrait Day
Senior Portrait Day will take place on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, from 10: 00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT. Sign-up here.
General information, Gayle Kowalewski – 215.579.6502
Handicapped parking, Gayle Kowalewski – 215.579.6502
Distance learning students, 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