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Commencement - June 5, 2016

Commencement ProcessionWe hope you will join us for a variety of events throughout Commencement Weekend.  Beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, families are welcome to come to campus and watch the Senior class stroll in their prom attire from George Washington Hall, around the circle and to the buses, as they head in to Boston to celebrate prom.   Friday evening, June 3, 2016 the Senior class is invited to 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 4, 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 5, starting at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live over the Web.

Check out the Schedule of Weekend Activities and Frequently Asked Questions!

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.

Live Stream of Baccalaureate & Commencement!

Phillips Academy will webcast a live video stream of the Baccalaureate Service at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night, June 4, as well as a live stream of Commencement at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 5. Please check back for more information. 

Important Notice

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.

Senior DVD Available for Purchase

The PSPA captures on video many of the special events of senior year, such as the Vista Walk, Andover-Exeter athletic contests, Prom, Senior-Faculty Convocation, and more. This two-hour keepsake is available for purchase in DVD or digital download format at www.pspaandover.orgImportant: Parents purchasing the Senior DVD can submit one childhood photo and one recent photo of their child for inclusion in the video.  Please save photos in JPEG format and create a file name that includes your child’s first and last name followed by the numeral 1 or 2.  Example: JOHNSMITH1.JPG and JOHNSMITH2.JPG.
·       E-mail photos as attachments (along with any questions) to Kim McCullom at
·       Photo Submission Deadline is May 31, 2016.

Looking for that special gift for your graduate?  Shop the PSPA online store for graduation gifts and personalized commemorative items, at  PSPA donates profits to Phillips Academy to support scholarships, student activities and clubs.