Dear parents and guardians of the class of 2023,
Congratulations on the momentous occasion of your child’s upcoming graduation from Brooks School! Commencement weekend is shaping up to be a busy, exciting time. Below are resources that will hopefully help make your visit to campus a great one.
This year, we will kick off the weekend with the Sixth-Form Parent Dinner and Slideshow on Thursday, May 25.
Graduation is a two-event celebration, beginning on Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. and ending after Graduation Luncheon on Monday, May 29.
Thursday, May 25
- 6 p.m. SIXTH-FORM PARENT DINNER AND SLIDESHOW
This dinner is for sixth-form parents and guardians only. RSVPs are required. Please note that graduates will be off campus during the day for their "senior trip." Students are expected back on campus around 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 28
- 2 p.m. LAWN CEREMONY
This ceremony is held in the tent overlooking Lake Cochichewick behind the new admission building. Prizes are awarded for academic, artistic and athletic achievements to students in all grades/forms. Student speakers will share remarks. Seating is open, and there is no RSVP required. This event will be livestreamed.
Immediately following Lawn Ceremony
STUDENT FAREWELL "BOO-HOO" SERVICE
The "Boo-Hoo" Service is a student-led service held in Frank D. Ashburn Chapel. The service is for students only. Parents and guardians are welcome to take pictures during the receiving line following the service in the Chapel Quad.
SIXTH-FORM PARENT, GUARDIAN & GUEST RECEPTION
This reception is for the parents and guests of the graduating class to enjoy as the students are participating in the "Boo-Hoo" Service.
6 p.m. SIXTH-FORM COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND DINNER
This dinner, held in Wilder Dining Hall, is for the sixth form and their parents, guardians and guests. RSVPs are required. Students may also go out to dinner with parents and guardians.
Monday, May 29
- 8:15 a.m. SIXTH-FORM PINNING BREAKFAST
Graduates will each be pinned with a rosette during this graduates-only breakfast. Since 1932, sixth-formers have worn a Brooks rosette as an emblem of their accomplishments. A self-adhesive Brooks patch will be given to students wearing a blazer.
- 9:15 a.m. SIXTH-FORM CHAPEL SERVICE
The service will be held in Frank D. Ashburn Chapel for the sixth form and their parents or guardians. No RSVP is required.
- 10:15 a.m. PRIZE DAY CEREMONY (Awarding of Diplomas)
This final graduation ceremony is held in the tent overlooking Lake Cochichewick behind the new admission building. Sixth-form students are awarded prizes and diplomas. One student speaker will share remarks. Seating is open, and no RSVP is required. This event will be livestreamed.
- 12:30 p.m. GRADUATION LUNCHEON
Lunch will be held in Wilder Dining Hall. Seating is open, and there is no RSVP required. Students may also go out to lunch with parents and guardians.
Please note: The Commencement Weekend schedule is subject to change at any time. This page will reflect updates as they are made.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How Many Guests Can Come to Prize Day?
- Will Events be Livestreamed?
- What is the attire for graduates at each event?
- Will seating be handicapped accessible?
- What is the move-out process for boarders?
- What are Some Recommended hotels?
How Many Guests Can Come to Prize Day?
Will Events be Livestreamed?
What is the attire for graduates at each event?
Will seating be handicapped accessible?
What is the move-out process for boarders?
What are Some Recommended hotels?
Feel free to contact Assistant to the Head of School, Special Projects Director Mary Ellen Yates at (978) 725-6329.