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Commencement Weekend

Commencement Weekend: May 28-29, 2021

With the cool rain expected to continue throughout the morning, we have made the difficult choice to move Commencement to Hershey Athletics Center. We are disappointed, and know that many of you are as well. It was our sincere hope to hold the ceremony in such a special place. But yesterday’s Baccalaureate in Hershey proved to be a success, and we believe today’s celebration of the Class of 2021 will be memorable as well.

Please see this note for details about parking, priority parking, health and safety measures, and more.

ARRIVAL AND PARKING

  • Seniors are welcome to invite as many as eight guests to both events.
  • If you would like to invite additional guests, we ask that you complete this form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Both campus entrances will be open — 3900 W. Braddock Rd. and 1200 N. Quaker Lane.
  • Parking for both events will be on the grass area on the Front Drive behind Penick.
  • This map details parking and the entrances to the event venues.
  • Priority parking will be arranged upon arrival as well as assistance for guests with mobility issues; you do not need to register.
  • We still will livestream both ceremonies via the EHS Live Youtube channel.

Friday, May 28

BACCALAUREATE AND AWARDS CEREMONY
Chapel Quad, 4:30 p.m.
Rain venue: Hershey Athletics Center. Seating opens at 3:30 p.m.
Any change of venue to be announced here and by email by 3:00 p.m.
  • Priority parking will be available behind the Chapel. See the Commencement map.
  • Our traditional worship service will include the presentation of awards. Expect a 90-minute program.
  • We will offer refreshments after the program. Families are welcome to linger, enjoy campus, and connect with others until the students leave to attend Senior Dinner. 
  • Seniors still are expected to remain on campus that evening for Senior Dinner at 7 p.m. and a slate of special activities during their last night on dorm.
  • Rain plan notes:
    • If the ceremony is moved to Hershey Athletics Center, we advise you to enter via the 3900 W. Braddock Road entrance; you will be directed to parking.
    • We will not be able to serve refreshments afterward if the ceremony is moved indoors.

Saturday, May 29

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Hoxton Circle, 9 a.m. ET
Rain venue: Hershey Athletics Center. Seating opens at 8 a.m.
Any change of venue to be announced here and by email by 7:00 a.m.
  • Priority parking will be available in front of Penick and the Alumni Guest Cottage. See the Commencement map.
  • Expect a 90-minute program.
  • We will serve lunch directly following the ceremony in the areas around Hoxton Circle.
  • Families can begin dorm move-out anytime after the ceremony; there is no signup or schedule. All students must leave campus by 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Rain plan notes:
    • If the ceremony is moved to Hershey Athletics Center, we advise you to enter through the 3900 W. Braddock Rd. campus.
    • We still will serve lunch following the ceremony in Laird Dining Hall and tented areas outside.

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  • Important Notes

    Health and safety: We will follow state health and safety guidelines. We will have fewer guests than in previous years, and though Virginia will lift social distancing requirements by May 28, we will add extra space between chairs. Also, we will set aside seats for guests who would like to attend events with increased social distance. 

    We ask that guests not to come to campus if, in the past 14 days, they or anyone in their household have: 
         —tested positive for Covid-19.
         —been asked to isolate or quarantine.
     
    Similarly, we ask that guests not come to campus if they or anyone in their household is:
         —awaiting Covid-19 test results.
         —experiencing symptoms consistent with Covid-19.
     
    Severe weather: Ceremonies will be held outside if at all possible, so please bring attire to protect against light rain. In the case of severe weather, we will move events to New Centennial Gym in the Hershey Athletics Center; students and guests will be notified and a notice will be posted on the Commencement webpage.

    Cicadas: As you may know, Brood X cicadas are emerging this spring on campus and in the surrounding region. The noise and disruptions could force us to move events indoors. Again, students and guests will be notified, and a notice will be posted on the Commencement webpage.

    Student guests: EHS students who are invited guests or siblings of seniors may attend Commencement events. They  are, however, expected to move out of dorm and leave campus by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28. Only seniors will spend Friday night on dorm.

    Dorm Move-out: Seniors will pack their rooms during the week before Commencement and be expected to move out following Commencement. All students must leave campus by 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 29; details on the move-out procedures will be forthcoming.


FAQs

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Hotel Information

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Miscellaneous

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  • Class Rings

    Class rings: The Jostens school memorabilia company is standing by to take orders from any senior interested in an EHS class ring. See this flier from the company about cost, design and metal options. Orders are mailed directly to your home. If you have questions, Jostens sales representative Thomas Orme is available at thomas.orme@jostens.com.
  • Graduation Announcements

    These are available from Herff Jones. If you are interested in purchasing, please contact Herff Jones soon and confirm you will receive the announcements in time.