Commencement Weekend 2019

Congratulations on the upcoming graduation of your Sixth Form student! Commencement Weekend is fast approaching, and below is the information you should need to make it a memorable experience.

If you have any questions about Commencement Weekend, please contact Diana Evans, Assistant to the Headmaster, at 860-408-3012 or

Thursday, May 23
SIXTH FORM TRIP AND PACKING DAY (No classes for Sixth Form)
5:30 - 6:45 pm Cafeteria-style dinner
7:30 - 9:00 pm Spring Festival of the Arts, WCC - required for Sixth Form (Classroom Dress)
10:00 pm Boarding students check in on corridors and day students return home
Friday, May 24
9:00 am - 3:00 pm UPS Store on campus
12:30 - 1:30 pm Sixth Form meeting, Sejong Lecture Hall - required for Sixth Form (Classroom Dress)
1:00 - 5:00 pm School Store open
2:00 - 3:15 pm Awards Ceremony, Commencement Lawn - required all-school appointment (Classroom Dress)
3:30 - 7:15 pm Sixth Form and guests free to go off campus for dinner
7:30 - 9:00 pm Lawn Ceremony, Chapel Service and Sixth Form Receiving Line
10:00 pm Boarding students check in on corridors and day students return home
*No permissions for boarding students to stay off campus
*No overnight permissions for day students
Saturday, May 25 NO CLASSES
7:00 am Breakfast
7:45 am Chamber Choir warm-up in chapel
8:00 am Sixth Form gathers on Keyes porch for flowers, rehearsal and photos
9:00 am - 1:00 pm School Store open
9:30 am Baccalaureate Service in Andrews Chapel
10:00 am Commencement exercises on Commencement Lawn
12:00 Noon Buffet Lunch in Armstrong Dining Hall
1:00 pm End-of-year departure for Sixth Formers

Frequently Asked Questions

May we have more invitations and/or announcements? Contact Diana Evans at 860-408-3012 or She will be happy to send them to you as supplies last.
Who may attend the weekend’s events?
Immediate families and limited numbers of your extended family are welcome to attend. 
When should we arrive? Commencement festivities begin with the Awards Ceremony on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Additionally, everyone is welcome to attend the Spring Festival of the Arts on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
What is the dress code for graduates?
Friday: Classroom Dress
Saturday: Girls – white summer dress, white footwear. Boys – suit, white shirt, tie, proper footwear (a formal navy blazer and dark dress slacks would also be appropriate).

Special Needs: Contact Diana Evans if a family member requires special assistance. We will make every effort to accommodate your request. Guests who have difficulty hearing may watch the livestream of events on a mobile device, or in the Armstrong Atrium in Armour Academic Center.

Photography Services

Westminster School has contracted with Highpoint Pictures to take photos during Commencement activities. Our hope is that this service will provide Westminster families with valuable, high quality memories and allow family members to avoid rushing around and jostling for position when trying to shoot their own photos.
The company is known for its professional, high quality work and service. The school does not: pay for, make money from, or guarantee this service. Westminster School is not involved in their work and does not take orders for photos. Families should contact the company directly for all services, orders, questions and concerns.

Parent & Family Information

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Westminster School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and Postgraduate, located in Simsbury, Connecticut. The suburban New England campus is midway between New York City and Boston. In keeping with our support for a diverse community, Westminster abides by all applicable federal and state laws and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected characteristic, including race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry and/or disability.

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