Commencement Weekend 2018


Saturday, May 26

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 27

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

What time does Commencement 2018 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.

What time can I arrive on Commencement morning to reserve seats?

No one will be permitted to reserve seats or enter the seating area for Commencement until 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Is parking available?

There are no reserved parking spots 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-mid-April.

What events are underclass students required to attend?

On Saturday, May 26, all underclass students are expected to be at the Morse Flag ceremony at 5:00 p.m. and the Senior Awards Ceremony immediately following.

On Sunday, May 27, all students participate in Commencement and underclass students 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 early.

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 front of the Phillips building.

Morse Flag Ceremony - At the flagpole outside of the Frost Library.

Senior Awards Ceremony - In Alumni Gymnasium.


Commencement - On the Mansion House lawn (Middle Street side).

Are there photographers hired by the school?

Yes. Official school photographers will capture award winners during the Senior Awards Ceremony, as well as graduating students receiving their diplomas. The Academy has an additional photographer who will capture 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 be notified when the diploma photographs are ready for order and candids are available in an online gallery. We will also post many of the candids to social media.

Is Commencement live streamed?

At this time there are no plans to live 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.

Underclass students have review sessions Commencement day afternoon and evening. Seniors should stay off campus until the end of the underclass student exam period.

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