Commencement Weekend 2017


Saturday, May 27

Baccalaureate, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

High Tea for Seniors, Faculty, and their families, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Morse Flag Ceremony, 5:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Senior Awards Ceremony, 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 28

Commencement, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

What time does Commencement 2017 begin?

Commencement will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on the front lawn of Mansion House.

Do I need tickets for any events during Commencement weekend?

No, no tickets are required for any events during the weekend, including the Commencement ceremony.

Is parking available?

There are no reserved parking sports for any events throughout the weekend. Members of the The Governor's Academy Security and Building & Grounds teams will be on-hand to direct traffic.

Does the school print Commencement invitations?

Yes. Each student receives 10 printed invitations which are available for pick-up in the Main Office in early April.

What events are underclassmen required to attend?

On Saturday, May 27, all underclassmen are expected to be at the Morse Flag ceremony at 5:00 p.m. and the Awards Ceremony immediately following.

On Sunday, May 28, all students participate in Commencement and should plan to be on campus at 9:00 a.m. Commencement exercises will end at approximately 11:30 a.m. There will be extra help sessions for the next day's exam in the afternoon.

Wait, isn't that Memorial Day weekend?

It is! If you plan to go out for dinner or need hotel rooms during that weekend we recommend making reservations accordingly.

So, where are the events of the weekend held?


Baccalaureate - The Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts, Bergmann Theater 

High Tea for Seniors, Faculty, and their families - under the tent in the center of campus

Morse Flag Ceremony - at the Flagpole (adjacent to High Tea)

Senior Awards Ceremony - Alumni Gymnasium 


Commencement - on the Mansion House lawn (can't miss it!)

Are there photographers hired by the school?

Yes. Official school photographers will capture award winners during the Awards Ceremony, as well as graduating students receiving their diplomas. The Academy has additional photographer (s) capturing candids throughout the weekend.

Is the Jumping of the Wall photographed?

Yes. The school's photographer typically captures as many of the wall jumps as possible. 

Please note: the area directly in front of the Wall remains clear to keep both seniors and spectators safe.

Where can we access the photos taken? When will they be ready?

Parents of graduates will receive a notification when the photgraphs are ready for order. We will also post many of the candids to Facebook and will post photos throughout the weekend to Instagram and Twitter.

Is Commencement live streamed?

At this time there are no plans to stream Commencement.

Will the ceremony be videotaped?

At this time the school does not have plans to record the ceremony.

When does my senior need to be moved out of their dorm room?

Seniors need to have their rooms cleared out and be off campus by 5:00 p.m. on Commencement day. (Underclassmen have review sessions Commencement day afternoon and evening). Seniors should stay off campus until the end of the exam period for the underclassmen.

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