Commencement - June 5, 2016
Thank you to all of the families and friends who sat out in the rain to celebrate the Class of 2016! We hope you’ll enjoy these photos, and videos from their special day.
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. Traditionally, students wear white dresses or jackets and ties and carry 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.