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Commencement Class of 2023

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Class of 2023 Commencement Weekend Schedule

Thursday, May 25, 2023

7:30 p.m. Spring Festival of the Arts, Werner Centennial Center
Required school appointment for all students (exam dress). Parents are invited to attend.

Friday, May 26, 2023

2 p.m. Spring Awards Ceremony, Commencement Lawn
Required school appointment for all students (classroom dress). Families are invited. Visit Westminster Live to view the livestream.
7 p.m. Baccalaureate Service, Andrews Memorial Chapel
Required school appointment for all Sixth Form students. Sixth Form parents are invited. Visit Westminster Live to view the livestream.
7:45 p.m. Lawn Ceremony, Sixth Form Lawn
Required school appointment for all Sixth Form and Fifth Form students (classroom dress). Fifth and Sixth Form families are invited. Visit Westminster Live to view the livestream.
8:30 p.m.
Sixth Form Receiving Line, Sixth Form Lawn
All students are invited to attend.
Refreshments for Fifth and Sixth Form Parents, Armstrong Atrium, Armour Academic Center
10 p.m. Boarding Students Check In on Corridor, Day Students Depart Campus

Saturday, May 27, 2023

8 a.m.
Presentation of Sixth Form Flowers, Commencement Rehearsal and Family Photos, Keyes Porch
Required school appointment for all Sixth Form students (commencement dress). Families and graduates are invited to take photos with a professional photographer before or after Commencement rehearsal.
9:30 a.m.
Sixth Form Class Photo, Cushing Hall
Required school appointment for all Sixth Form students.
10 a.m.
Commencement, Commencement Lawn
Required school appointment for all students. Visit Westminster Live to view the livestream. Photographers will be available for family photos after Commencement.
Buffet Lunch Available, Armstrong Dining Hall
1 p.m. End-of-year departure for Sixth Formers

Commencement Speakers

Departing faculty members Kathleen Devaney P’19, ’22 and Mark de Kanter ’91, P’19, ’22 will co-deliver the commencement address for the Class of 2023.

Together they will share reflections from their 51 years of collective service to the Westminster community. They are the parents of Emmett ’19, a junior at Harvard University, and Samantha ’22, a freshman at Boston College. 

Kathleen is currently the Executive Director, Hartford Partnerships & Horizons at Westminster, and has been appointed Head of School at the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. Kathleen's service at the Hill School will begin on July 1, 2023. Kathleen joined the Westminster faculty in 1998. During her tenure, she has served as a dean of students, history teacher, coach, corridor supervisor and advisor. She served as a dean for the Classes of 2002, 2006, 2011 and 2015. Kathleen also worked as the director of student life for five years and served as assistant head of school for seven years. In 2002, she won the O’Brien Award and also became an honorary member of the Class of 2002 and 2018. Kathleen has served as the founding Executive Director of Horizons at Westminster since 2018. Through it all, Kathleen has been a committed teacher and coach, having taught various core and elective courses in the history department and serving as the head coach of the varsity lacrosse team for 12 years. 

Mark, who is currently the Associate Head of School, was appointed to the faculty at Westminster in 1997. Beginning with his years as a Westminster student, Mark has always deeply respected Westminster’s strong sense of community and the manner in which the school strikes a healthy balance of academics, athletics and service. At Williams College, he continued to combine athletics and academics into his daily schedule, double majoring in English and biology, while competing on the varsity swim and crew teams. He began his teaching career at Eaglebrook School, and during his tenure at Westminster, he has served as dean of faculty, a dorm head, a department head, director of the Westminster Teaching Initiative, director of academic technology, and head coach of three varsity sports. Mark taught AP® Biology for nearly two decades as well as other courses within the science curriculum. True to his character and Westminster education, Mark is grit and grace personified, always willing to step in wherever and whenever help is needed.

Certainly no couple has held as many leadership positions as Kathleen and Mark have during their tenure, and they have been community role models in balancing those leadership positions and raising a family. Both have been remarkable mentors for so many at Westminster; they have listened thoughtfully, dispensed advice, offered help and provided solutions. They have cared deeply and fully for every single person on the Hill and we are such a better place for having had them in our midst for these many years.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Who may attend Commencement?

    Immediate family members, approximately 10-12 people, are welcome to attend.
  • Where should guests park?

    Guests will be directed to park behind Armour Academic Center. Please do not park around the Sixth Form Lawn during Commencement Weekend. 
  • Are there reserved seats for Commencement?

    Graduates and special guests will have seats reserved at the front of the tent. Seating for families and other guests is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Families or students who wish to hold seats may place a placard on individual seats beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday. Any placards placed before 7 a.m. will be removed.
  • Where can we stay? Where can we have dinner on Friday evening?

    Please click here to see a list of area hotels and restaurants. Make dinner reservations early and plan to be back to campus before 7 p.m. for the Lawn Ceremony.
  • Where can we have lunch on Saturday?

    Following the Commencement Ceremony, everyone is welcome to enjoy a buffet lunch in Armstrong Dining Hall.
  • Will photographs be taken of each student?

    Highpoint Pictures will be taking candid and formal photos throughout Saturday morning. A professional photographer will take a photo as the diploma is handed to the student and after the student leaves the stage. Guests are encouraged to request a family photo from a photographer before or after the Commencement Ceremony. An email from Highpoint Pictures will be sent to Sixth Form parents about two weeks after Commencement, when the photos are ready to be reviewed and purchased.
  • Will the events be livestreamed? 

    The Awards Ceremony, Baccalaureate Service and Lawn Ceremony on Friday will be livestreamed. Commencement Exercises are scheduled to be livestreamed on Saturday morning. All livestreams can be accessed at on the day of the event. 
  • When do Sixth Form students depart?

    Sixth Form students depart campus at 1 p.m. following Commencement. Families can pack up before Commencement, or immediately following the event.
  • Can the school accommodate guests with mobility issues?

    Guests with mobility issues should be dropped off at the entrance to Armour Academic Center. Golf carts will be available for guests who need assistance getting to the Lawn Ceremony on Friday evening or the tent on Commencement Lawn. Please contact Kerry Masiero, Executive Assistant to the Head of School, at or 860-408-3012 to address any additional issues. We will make every effort to accommodate your request.

Downloads for At-Home Celebrations

Celebrate the Class of 2023 in style. Below is a selection of logos, graphics and printer-friendly signs so families can decorate their homes with pride. Click the graphic you want to download. Each graphic will open in a new window and allow you to download a pdf of that graphic.

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