Commencement - June 7, 2015
This year's Commencement Weekend begins on Friday evening, June 5, 2015 with the Senior-Faculty Convocation and Banquet. This celebration (which is for Seniors and Faculty only) begins in the Chapel and concludes in the Smith Center. Saturday, June 6, features a range of activities that guests can enjoy, including an afternoon concert featuring members of the Senior Class, a buffet dinner, and a Baccalaureate Service, which may be attended by Seniors and ticket-bearing guests. The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday morning, June 7, starting at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live over the Web.
The Commencement Ceremony
In a time-honored Andover tradition, the commencement ceremony, which takes place in front of Samuel Phillips Hall, begins with a procession of Seniors and Faculty that is led by the stirring sounds of the Clan MacPherson Pipes and Drums of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Boys wear suit coats and ties; girls wear white dresses and each carries a red rose in the tradition of Abbot Academy. Following the formal part of the ceremony, the Senior Class processes to the Lawn in front of the Addison Gallery of American Art where they stand in a giant circle for the distribution of diplomas. After that, the new graduates and their guests can celebrate and say their good-byes while enjoying light refreshment. In the event of inclement weather, the commencement ceremony would be moved indoors.
Although Phillips Academy understands the desire of some families to celebrate their child's graduation with a bottle of champagne or cigars, we must insist that you do not bring cigars, champagne, or any alcoholic beverage to campus. We are also a non-smoking campus and ask you to refrain from smoking on campus. Thank you.