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Commencement Weekend

Commencement Weekend
May 24-25, 2024

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2024 will take place on May 24-25, 2024. We look forward to celebrating our seniors with friends and family together on The Holy Hill this spring. Commencement will be live streamed and Episcopal will have professional photographers on both Friday and Saturday, with downloadable albums posted soon after the weekend.

Commencement Weekend Schedule

Memorial Day weekend is a community weekend as we celebrate the graduating Class of 2024 as a full community on Friday and Saturday, and our 9th, 10th and 11th graders prepare for their final assessments the following week.
 
Friday, May 24, 2024 
5:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Service in Callaway Chapel
  • Required for 11th and 12th graders; Vespers attire
  • Family members and guests of seniors are welcome to attend.
5:45 p.m. Buffet Dinner in Laird Dining Hall & Hummel Learning Center Lawn
  • Given the limited time between Baccalaureate and the Awards Ceremony, everyone is asked to enjoy a special celebratory dinner here on campus in Laird Dining Hall with other members of the senior class and their families.
7:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony in Hershey Athletics Center
  • Required for all students; Vespers attire
  • Family members and guests of seniors are welcome to attend.
Saturday May 25, 2024
8:00 a.m. Roses on the Chapel Quad

9:00 a.m. Commencement on Hoxton Circle
  • Required for all students
  • Family members and guests of seniors are welcome to attend.
  • Vespers attire; historically, senior girls wear white dresses and senior boys wear coat and tie.
11:00 a.m. Commencement Luncheon for everyone in Laird Dining Hall & Hummel Learning Center Lawn


Commencement FAQs

List of 12 items.

  • Commencement Streaming Links

    Friday, May 24

    Saturday, May 25

    Streaming links will be available prior to Commencement weekend.
  • A Reminder about Pets on Campus

    Please remember that pets, including hypoallergenic breeds, are not allowed in any buildings and must be leashed at all times. We do have individuals on campus with severe allergies and some that are very frightened of dogs in particular. We appreciate your support of this important campus protocol.
  • Where can I park?

    Baccalaureate 5/24 @ 5:00 p.m. - Callaway Chapel
    Awards Ceremony 5/24 @ 7:30 p.m. - Hershey Athletics Center
    • Guests should arrive via the gate located at 1200 N Quaker Lane.
    • Parking attendants will be ready to direct guests to parking along the front drive.
    • Shuttles to Callaway Chapel will be available for those with mobility issues.  Flag down any parking/shuttle attendant.
    Accessible Parking
    • There will be reserved parking in front of Penick Hall (the admissions building), Evans Dormitory and in front of Hershey Athletics Center.
    • Parking attendants will monitor these spaces and guide drivers to the appropriate parking spots. 
    • Additional parking spaces are directly behind the chapel and may be used for dropping off guests or parking on a first-come, first-served basis
     
    Commencement 5/25 @ 9:00 a.m. - Hoxton Circle
    • Guests should arrive via the gate located at 1200 N. Quaker Lane.
    • The gate will be open at 6:00 a.m. and our parking attendants will be ready to direct guests to parking along the front drive.
    • Shuttles to Hoxton Circle will be available for those with mobility issues. Flag down any parking/shuttle attendant.
    • It is recommended to arrive on site no later than 8:00 a.m. to alleviate parking lines and to ensure you are parked and seated before the Commencement ceremony begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.
    Accessible Parking
    • There will be reserved parking in front of Penick Hall (the admissions building), Evans Dormitory and in front of Hershey Athletics Center.
    • Parking attendants will monitor these spaces and guide drivers to the appropriate parking spots.
    • Additional parking spaces are directly behind the chapel and may be used for dropping off guests or parking on a first-come, first-served basis
    Oversized Vehicles: Any families that may have an oversized vehicle exceeding the size of a large SUV (Suburban/Yukon) or any vehicle towing a trailer to assist with Senior move out should plan to arrive via the gate located at 3900 W. Braddock Road and park in the Gravel Lot.  Parking attendants will be available for assistance in the Gravel Lot.
  • Accessibility During Commencement Weekend

    Accessible Parking: There will be reserved parking in front of Penick Hall (the admissions building), Evans Dormitory and in front of Hershey Athletics Center. Parking attendants will monitor these spaces and guide drivers to the appropriate parking spots. 

    Accessible Seating: All Friday events are hosted in accessible buildings with flexible seating options. For Saturday’s Commencement Ceremony on Hoxton Circle (weather permitting), there will be a section of seating reserved for those with mobility issues. The most accessible seats will be reserved for guests in wheelchairs.  Questions? Contact Director of Events Jane Forsythe.
     
    Access to Golf Cart Shuttles: Our hope is that the reserved parking will provide you the direct access to the buildings you and your guests require. However, if you need additional support, staff members will be available to escort your guest(s) via golf cart to the destination. Check in with the parking attendants, who can call for support on site.
  • Inclement Weather Plan

    While we always hope for sun, in the event of inclement weather, we will move the Commencement Exercises to Hershey Athletics Center.
    • Any change of venue will be announced by 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning via text, email, and posting on the Commencement Weekend webpage.
    • Parking attendants will be available to direct you on Friday and Saturday and shuttles to Hershey Athletics Center will be available.
    • There will be designated accessible seating available in Hershey Athletics Center.
  • Professional Photography

    The School will have two professional photographers staffing events on Friday and Saturday, with albums posted soon after the weekend. 
  • What is the Commencement ceremony attire for graduates?

    Graduates are expected to be in Vespers attire. Girls historically have worn white dresses and boys have worn coat and tie. There is no cap and gown for EHS graduates.
  • Do I need a ticket to attend graduation?

    No, EHS does not require tickets for the Commencement ceremony. We are happy for all extended family members and friends to join us here on The Holy Hill as we celebrate our Class of 2024. All are also invited to join us on campus for dinner Friday night and for the Senior Luncheon on Saturday after Commencement.
  • Senior Dorm Move Out

    Seniors should plan to be moved out of dorm by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. Many families choose to begin the move-out process on Friday afternoon, but all seniors must be checked out of their dorm by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Class of 2024 Gear

    Episcopal’s School Store is pleased to offer a few fun customized options for families to consider as Commencement gifts for their upcoming graduates!
    • Personalized Recognition Chair from Standard Chair of Gardner 
      • Order online and the chair will ship directly to your home within 6-8 weeks
    • Personalized blanket from Custom Made Comfort with your student’s name woven into the blanket! 
      • Several designs are available. The order deadline is April 14 to ensure timely delivery to your home. 
    The School Store also has a limited number of diploma frames available in the store or through our website, or you may order another style directly from framingsuccess.com.
  • Where can I order a class ring or graduation announcements?

    Class Rings: Jostens is standing by to take orders from any senior interested in an EHS class ring. Order your ring here. Rings are mailed directly to your home. If you have questions, Jostens sales representative William Orme is available at william.orme@jostens.com.

    Announcements: Print announcements are available through our vendor Herff Jones. If you are interested in purchasing, select the “Announcements & Accessories” tab. View sample of announcement here.
  • Diploma Tubes will be available

    Protective diploma tubes will be available at a table by Laird Dining Hall after the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday.


Commencement Accommodations

Hilton Alexandria - Old Town

Phone
703-647-2040
Address
1767 King Street
Alexandria,  VA 22314
Webpage

Hilton Garden Inn Shirlington (Arlington)

Phone
703-820-0440
Address
4271 Campbell Ave.
Arlington,  VA 22206
Webpage

Hilton Mark Center

Phone
703-845-1010
Address
5000 Seminary Rd.
Alexandria,  VA 22311
Webpage

Hotel AKA Alexandria

Phone
703-650-0200
Address
625 First Street
Alexandria,  VA 22314
Webpage

Hyatt Centric Old Town Alexandria

Phone
703-548-1050
Address
1625 King Street
Alexandria,  VA 22314
Webpage

Lorien

Phone
855-212-6783
Address
1600 King Street
Alexandria,  VA 22314
Webpage
Description
Booking Link: Episcopal High School Booking Link Lorien Hotel & Spa
Group Code: EHS
Discount: Up to 20% off our Best Available Rate

Morrison House

Phone
703-838-8000
Address
116 South Alfred St.
Alexandria,  VA 22314
Webpage

The Alexandrian

Phone
703-549-6080
Address
480 King St.
Alexandria,  VA 22314
Webpage