2023 Commencement


Cheshire Academy’s 229th Commencement will take place on Saturday, June 3 at 9 a.m. on Slaughter Field. 


The ceremony will include the commencement address from a special guest, speeches given by the Class of 2023 Salutatorian and Valedictorian, the awarding of major honors prizes, and the awarding of diplomas. Afterwards, the students process out of the tent and onto the field to celebrate with the faculty and have family photos taken. There will also be a brunch following the ceremony.


We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2023!


End-of-year Events

May 17 Spring Concert 7 p.m.
May 18 PG Ceremony 10 a.m.
May 18 Color Run 3:30 p.m.
May 19 Spring Fling 3:30 p.m.
May 21 Prom 6:30-10:30 p.m. (pre-prom begins at 5:30 p.m.)

June 1

Senior Cookout

5:30 p.m

June 1

Senior Sunset

7:30 p.m.

June 2 Commencement Rehearsal 9 a.m.
June 2 Academic Awards 10:30 a.m.
June 3 Commencement (Register HERE for ceremony and/or brunch) 9 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get tickets for Commencement?

Senior students can have an unlimited number of guests (tickets not required).  Seating under the tent cannot be reserved and are on a first come basis. Guests who are unable to get seats under the tent can watch from the lawn. Chairs are welcome. Please note that the ceremony will only be moved indoors only in the case of very severe weather.




Where do I park for Commencement?

We will have personnel directing traffic to park on the field next to Arthur Sheriff Field House. The entrance of Route 68 will be blocked off. Please use the entrance off of Route 10 as the main entry point to campus. Additional parking will be directed to the Town Hall. 

What should graduating seniors wear to Commencement?

Students should wear a dress shirt/blouse with dress pants or skirt; students may also wear a dress. Students may choose to wear a tie with a dress shirt. Dress shoes or sandals that they can easily walk in are recommended.  

Where do graduating seniors get their cap and gown

Students will pick up their graduation cap and gowns from the academic office. Graduation gowns should be ironed prior to the ceremony. For those boarding students without access to an iron, assistance will be provided. Students can decorate their graduation caps with appropriate words and pictures, avoiding any references to drugs/alcohol, inappropriate language, or any language that could be perceived as derogatory. Faculty assisting with the commencement ceremony will review all caps to be sure that they are appropriate for an academic ceremony at Cheshire Academy.

When should seniors meet on the morning of Commencement?

Seniors should arrive outside of the Event Room at Hurley Hall by 8:15 am. fully dressed in cap and gown, ready to be lined up for the procession.

When do boarding students need to move out following Commencement?

Seniors must be packed and off campus by 2 p.m. on Saturday. Before leaving they must clear out and clean their rooms, turn in their keys, and get room and library clearance. Students who fail to do so will be charged a fee.

Can I attend the Academic Awards ceremony?

Yes, families can attend the Academic Awards ceremony on Friday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place under the commencement tent. Families will receive notification via e-mail if their child is receiving an award.

Will Commencement be livestreamed?

The ceremony will be recorded and posted within 24 hours after the event. 

If I have a question regarding Commencement, whom do I contact?

Please email Sharyn Iadarola with any questions.