Graduation 2018

Thursday, May 31 – Friday, June 1

If you have any questions please call or email Lisa Brown, senior events manager, at (860) 435-3188.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 31, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Senior book buyback
Campus Store

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Celebration of Senior parent project (Unlimited number of guests)
Main Building - Lower Level

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Cum Laude ceremony and tea (By invitation only)
Chapel and Tremaine Patio

4:00 p.m.

Senior music recital (Unlimited number of guests)
Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome dinner for Class of 2018 and their guests (Limit four guests, plus graduate)
Main Building

Jazz reception (Limit four guests, plus graduate)
Main Building

7:30 p.m.

Senior awards ceremony (Limit four guests, plus graduate)
Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center
Extra seating and live feed in Walker Auditorium

10:00 p.m.

Dorm check in for all students

Friday, June 1, 2018

9:30 a.m.

Baccalaureate (Mandatory for Seniors: limited seating for immediate family only)

10:30 a.m.

Commencement ceremony (Unlimited number of guests)
Harris House Lawn or MAC Field House

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Luncheon (Unlimited number of guests)
Main Building

All graduates are required to be off campus by 4 p.m.

Prior to Graduation


A list of area lodging can be found here. Remember, Hotchkiss is located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, so lodging in both New York and Massachusetts are options and should be considered for the busy Graduation weekend.


It is a long-standing Graduation tradition at Hotchkiss that seniors wear white dresses or blue blazers, white pants, a blue or white dress shirt, and a tie. Since very few shops near the School carry these items, we strongly urge you to purchase these clothes well in advance and before you arrive on campus for Graduation.


The family of the graduating Senior will receive an invitation with registration details in early April. Each graduate can receive five more invitations, if they would like. The Senior may pick these invitations up in the Head of School’s Office starting April 15th.


For dinner and the awards ceremony on Thursday evening, there is a limit of four (4) guests for each graduating senior. This is a fixed number per family, regardless of whether every family brings its full complement. Extra seating and a live feed will be available in Walker Auditorium for additional guests. There is no limit to guests attending the commencement ceremony….we just ask that you let us know how many to expect!


We will have parking available at all the lots on the perimeter of campus starting on Thursday afternoon and then again on Friday morning. Convenient shuttles will be provided. Handicapped parking will be available to those who have a designated license plate. And as always, the option to drop off those with limited mobility will be available.

Pet Policy

In order to provide a safer and more positive experience for all attendees, please refrain from bringing your pets to this important, celebratory event. Service animals, however, are always welcome to accompany their owners.

Moving Out

The UPS Store can store students' items over the summer, then ship them to college. More information about shipping, packaging, and summer storage will be available in the spring. Seniors are required to be off campus by 4:00 p.m. on Friday. After the commencement ceremony, cars will be allowed to drive and park on campus close to the Senior dorms to help facilitate the moving out process. We will remind Seniors to pack in the week leading up to Graduation but a timely reminder from parents always helps too!

What to Expect on Graduation Day

Continental Breakfast

A continental breakfast will be available from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Student Center only. The Dining Room will be closed in preparation for lunch.

Baccalaureate Service

This service is required for Seniors; it's their last Chapel as the Class of 2018. Families may or may not attend, as you choose. The Chapel has very limited seating, so if you do choose to attend, we ask that only immediate families join us for this service. Seniors will need to line up for Commencement ceremony immediately after the service, so please say a quick goodbye and make your way to the Commencement ceremony seating outside.

Photos and Video

The Commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. EDT will be live-streamed. Each graduating Senior will also receive a digital copy of the ceremony after the event. In addition, there will be professional photographers on hand to get that special picture of your children walking up to the stage and receiving their diplomas. We will post many of them on our Flickr site. In the days following Graduation, photographer George Chambers ((781) 834-9954) will contact you with information about how to purchase the pictures. If you decide you want more photos than those the photographer takes, please feel free to shoot from your seat or politely scoot to the front for a shot or two and return back to your seat so others can do the same.


A buffet luncheon is available to everyone in the Dining Room, the Student Center and a few other places in the Main Building immediately following the ceremony. We are anticipating many visitors, so if you could please clear your table and plates once you are finished it would be very much appreciated. Finally, please plan your lunch accordingly and remember that Seniors need to be off campus by 4:00 p.m.

Livestream Information

We will be livestreaming the Senior Music Recital, Senior Awards Ceremony, and Commencement Service.


Senior Induction Dinner

Class of 2017 Senior Induction

Senior Dance

Senior Dance 2017


Graduation 2017


Registration is currently closed. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Brown at 860-435-3188 or