Thursday, May 28 – Friday, May 29
If you have any questions please call or email Lisa Brown, director of events and special projects, at (860) 435-3188.
- Schedule of Events
- Prior to Graduation
- Senior Dance Information
- What to Expect on Graduation Day
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.
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.
The UPS Store can store students' items over the summer, then ship them to college. (Exact timing and further details will be available in March.) 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!
Formal Wear Rentals
Do you need formal wear for the Senior Dance?
Barrington Outfitters will be on campus to properly fit anyone interested in renting formal wear in May.
Call for Parent Volunteers
Parent volunteers are needed to help set up decorations on the day of the Senior Dance. Volunteers will meet at Fairfield Farm on Sunday, May 24, at noon and will be putting out linens, silverware and glassware, and possibly arranging centerpieces and hanging lights.
At least a dozen volunteers are needed, though the more, the merrier! The tasks should take no longer than two hours, and parents will be back on campus in time to take pictures of the students before the dance. If you would like to help, contact Lisa Brown. Thank you for your consideration and support!
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.
This service is required for Seniors; it's their last Chapel as the Class of 2020. Families may or may not attend, as you choose - extra seating and a live feed will be available in Walker Auditorium for overflow. 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.
Commencement Seating Map
Please find below a quick visual aid highlighting the seating arrangements for Commencement. Weather permitting, it is a Hotchkiss tradition that the entire student body participates in the procession at Commencement. Underclassmen will form a path through which the Class of 2020 will process at 10:30a.m. The seats will be set up on Friday, May 29, so families can arrive in advance to secure seats independently if they would like to do so. Multiple water stations will be available throughout Harris House Lawn to help keep everyone cool and hydrated.
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.
We will post photos of the day's festivities on our Flickr site. George Chambers will also take photos of all the graduates as they receive their diplomas on stage. A link to these images will be sent one week after Graduation for you to view and order if desired. Please contact photographer George Chambers at (781) 834-9954 with any questions.