Commencement 2019

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events for Thursday, May 23, through Sunday, May 26.

Pre-Commencement Activities

  • Prom — Thursday, May 23 at Riverview, Simsbury, CT
    • 6:15–7 p.m. Prom photo session (parents invited) for Prom attendees, Grubbs Quadrangle
    • 7:15 p.m. Buses depart for Prom (Prom begins at 7:30 p.m.)
    • 7:15 p.m. Reception for parents sponsored by the LC Parents Association, Head of School’s House
  • Senior Class Trip — Friday, May 24
  • Senior Lunch — Saturday, May 25, 12 noon—1 p.m.
  • Commencement Rehearsal — Saturday, May 25, 1—2:15 p.m.

Class Night

Saturday, May 25, Olcott Center (parents invited)
7:30 p.m. Dessert Reception
8:30 p.m. Class Night Celebration

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, and will be held on the lawns of Loomis Homestead and the Head's House, in the area directly in front of Founders Hall. The ceremony will last approximately two hours and will be followed by a buffet luncheon. 

Tickets are not required for Commencement and there is no limit on the number of guests per graduate.

Rain location for Commencement is under the tent in the Grubbs Quadrangle. In the case of inclement weather, covered seating during the ceremony is limited. Under these circumstances, guests are encouraged to provide preferred seating to parents and grandparents of graduates and others to bring appropriate rain gear.

Commencement Announcements

Commencement announcements were available for seniors to pick up prior to March break. Boarders received them in their mailboxes, and day students were asked to pick them up at the Deans Office. Each senior received five announcements, which may be used to invite or announce the graduation to family and friends.

An announcement has been mailed to each senior parent as well.

Important Information

Guidelines for Attire/Dress

Graduates generally wear white or off-white dresses, or navy blazers, ties and light slacks. While Class Night ceremonies are less formal, appropriate dress is also encouraged for this event.

Area Accommodations for Commencement

Several area hotels offer special rates for guests attending Loomis Chaffee Commencement. Check the Commencement accommodations page for details and links to make reservations through Loomis Chaffee room blocks. Please note the cut-off dates for reserving rooms at discounted rates.

Professional Photography Opportunities

During the ceremony, photographs will be taken of each graduate receiving his or her diploma from the Head of School. Review information from Island Photo. A panoramic shot of the class will be taken as well by Panfoto.

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


We look forward to seeing you here on the Island. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Alumni & Parent Relations Lisa Salinetti Ross at or 860.687.6277