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Commencement 2024

Commencement 2023

Student walking down from the stage after getting her diploma

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2024 and their families! Loomis Chaffee is excited to celebrate our graduates at the school’s 108th Commencement.

Sunday, May 26 at 10 a.m.

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Sheila Culbert sitting in her office at her laptop
commencement speaker

Sheila Culbert

Sheila Culbert, whose 16-year tenure as head of school has transformed the school in multiple ways, will give the Commencement address to the Class of 2024 in May.

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Schedule of Events

Families will receive comprehensive information about events directly.

Thursday, May 23

Final day of classes for seniors
6:30–7:30 p.m. Prom Photo Session
Grubbs Quadrangle
7:30–11 p.m.

Under the tent in Grubbs Quadrangle

11–11:45 p.m. After-Prom Breakfast
Dining Hall
11:45 p.m.–12 a.m. Check-in and day student pick-up

Reception for Parents
7:30 p.m.

Reception for Parents
Head’s House

Reception sponsored by the LC Parents Association


Friday, May 24

Senior Class Activities
11 a.m. Commencement Seating Meeting for seniors
Olcott Center
12:30 p.m.

Springfest/Community Celebration for Sheila Culbert
Sellers Field

Afternoon “Up” Time for seniors (Pack Up, Clean Up, Upcycle)
3 p.m. Boarding seniors check in at dormitories
4–6 p.m. Hartsprings Resource Collection truck on campus to collect donations
8–11 p.m. Senior Trip to Spare Time
Windsor Locks, CT


Saturday, May 25

Senior Class Activities
12 p.m. Senior Lunch
Under the tent in Grubbs Quadrangle
1 p.m.

Commencement Rehearsal
Founders Circle

  • Seniors assemble in front of Founders, taking assigned seats.
  • Announcements and a run-through of the Commencement program.
2:30 p.m. Class Night Rehearsal for designated participants
Olcott Center
PRISM Reception
4:30 p.m. PRISM Reception
Rogan Atrium, Clark Center for Science & Mathematics
Class Night
7:30 p.m.

Class Night Dessert Reception
Grubbs Quadrangle

For graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff

8:30 p.m.

Class Night Celebration
Olcott Center

For graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff

After Class Night–11:30 p.m. Silent Disco for seniors


Sunday, May 26

8 a.m. Breakfast for seniors
Dining Hall
8:45 a.m. All seniors to Founders Chapel for flowers
9:10 a.m.

Grubbs Quadrangle

  • 9:10 a.m. Senior Class photo (in front of Warham Hall)
  • 9:15 a.m. Alumni with legacy seniors (near Huntington Wall)
  • 9:25 a.m. Faculty photo (in front of Warham Hall)
9:45 a.m. All seniors line up on the Senior Path
All faculty line up in front of Loomis Hall/Scanlan Campus Center
10 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony
Lawns between Head’s House and Homestead

The Ceremony will be livestreamed. Rain location for Commencement is under the tent in Grubbs Quadrangle.

11:30 a.m.

Buffet Luncheon
Grubbs Quadrangle

For graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff

Download a printable schedule of Commencement Week events.

Important Information

We ask that parents refrain from bringing celebratory cigars, champagne, or other alcoholic beverages. Please note that Loomis Chaffee is a smoke-free campus.

Recent Communications

Commencement Schedule for Seniors
Sent May 17, 2024

Commencement Details and Information
Sent April 19, 2024




For further information about Commencement please contact:

Lisa Ross

Director of Alumni & Parent Relations