Graduation Week 2017

Several special events will mark the last week of school for the Canterbury Class of 2017:

Monday, May 22

Spring Athletic Awards @ School Meeting 9:50 AM
Sixth Form Graduation Rehearsal 10:15 AM
Sixth Form Retreat
Sixth Form Dinner for graduates and faculty 6 PM

Tuesday, May 23

Senior Seminar 10 AM
PROM - send-off reception 4:30 pm - Athletic Center

Wednesday, May 24

Sixth Form Project Presentations 1 pm – Steele Lecture Room
Spring Celebration – 2 pm - 7 pm

Thursday, May 25

Senior Seminar 10 AM
Sixth Form Prize Assembly 4 PM - Maguire Auditorium (Parents are invited) Reception & Dinner following - for the Class of 2017 & Parents 5:30 PM
Sixth Form outing at the Maxx - 7 PM

Friday, May 26, 2017 Graduation Day

Academic Procession 9:45 AM
Baccalaureate Mass 10:00 AM
Graduation Ceremony 11:00 AM
Graduation Luncheon 12:00 PM

PARENTS of the Canterbury CLASS OF 2017: Please Click Here to RSVP by May 17

We look forward to the graduation ceremony at the school on Friday, May 26, 2017. As a reminder, flowers and neckties are given out in Sheehan House the morning of graduation. All graduates must arrive by 8:30 AM for the all-class photo. The academic procession to the Chapel begins at 9:45 a.m. followed by the Baccalaureate Mass at 10:00 a.m. The seating is very limited in the Chapel; therefore, each graduate will only be allowed two (2) guests in the Chapel. Tickets are not necessary for commencement as ample seating will be available for the graduation exercises after Mass on Duffy Lawn. A luncheon will follow in the Steele Hall Dining Room.

Graduation Attire Boys

Neckties $40.00*

Boutonnieres $15.50*
Navy blue blazers and gray or khaki dress trousers, solid white shirts with Canterbury neckties* and appropriate footwear. Boys must be clean shaven.

Graduation Attire Girls

Long stemmed roses $27.50*
Solid white or off-white dresses and appropriate footwear (no flip flops).

Class Photo
Sixth Formers should meet on the Sheehan House Terrace at 8:45 a.m. the morning of graduation for the official Sixth Form class photo.

*Canterbury neckties and flowers will be ordered by the school and deducted from your child’s debit account. The flowers and neckties are given out in Sheehan House the morning of graduation. The charge for flowers and ties will be deducted from students’ debit accounts in March prior to graduation.

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Watch Graduation Live!

If you will be unable to attend graduation or would like a family member to view graduation as it happens, CLICK HERE to watch the ceremony live on May 26:

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I order personalized announcements for graduation?

Announcements can be ordered from Balfour at

Can I get extra tickets for the Mass or graduation?

Tickets are NOT necessary for the graduation exercises or the Baccalaureate Mass. However, the Chapel has limited seating and can only accommodate two guests per graduating student. We ask all guests to be considerate and honor the two seat limit in the Chapel so all graduates can be represented during the Mass.

Can seats at graduation be reserved?

Reserved seating is not necessary as there will be ample seating for all guests. Seats are available on a first-come/first-served basis.

Can anyone go to the Baccalaureate Mass?

Our Chapel has limited seating. We ask that each graduating student be represented by two guests only. Other family members may sit in the chairs on Duffy Lawn until commencement begins at 11:00 a.m.

Where does my child get the flowers for graduation?

The School orders the flowers and they are given out in Sheehan House the morning of graduation. The charge for flowers will be deducted from students’ debit accounts in March prior to graduation.

Some students have blue ribbons on their flowers. What do the blue ribbons represent?

Blue ribbons on students’ flowers indicate the student is a member of the Canterbury Honor Society.

What time do Sixth Form students need to be at school the morning of graduation?

Students should arrive at 8:30 a.m. at Sheehan House to receive their flowers and line up for the Sixth Form group photo at 8:45 a.m.

If I have a question graduation day whom should I ask?

On graduation day, our Honors Assembly Fifth Form Book Award recipients will be assisting at graduation as Marshals. They will be wearing special name tags and blue ribbons. Please ask one of the Marshals to help if you have questions.

If you have a question before graduation, please call 860-210-3852 or email Jane Curley.

Major Graduation Awards

Robert M. Steele '72 Scholar-Athlete Award, Boys
In memory of Robert M. Steele, a model scholar-athlete.
For academic and athletic achievement.

The Charles R. Huntington Scholar-Athlete Award, Girls
In memory of Charles R. Huntington - teacher, coach and Athletic Director from 1969-1999. For academic and athletic achievement.

The Elizabeth (Betty) Burke Award

In memory of Mrs. Burke who served the School from 1964 to 1995 in the roles of faculty spouse, parent, hostess, and school nurse. Given to a Sixth Former whose time at Canterbury has been marked by a cheerful determination to serve God and others.

The Richard L. and Mary Catharine Farrelly Award
Presented to that Sixth Form student who serves Canterbury quietly, but thoroughly.

The Class of 1987 Citizenship Award
Awarded by this class to a Sixth Former who in the judgment of classmates has best fulfilled obligations to school, to fellow students, and to self.

Sixth Form Awards in Courses
For excellent achievement in individual academic departments.

The Philip H. Brodie Award
For exceptional achievement and all-around service to the school.

The Dr. Nelson Hume Award
Awarded to the Sixth Former whose leadership, character, and achievements have been of the highest order, and whose performance embodies the ideals of the founding Headmaster.

Parking Information

Parking is available in the lot on Elkington Farm Road, in front of Sheehan House, by the tennis courts on the lower campus, or, for those that need handicapped parking, in the lot near the Higgins Aquatic Center. On campus transportation will be available from all parking lots for those who need assistance. Underformers should park by the tennis courts on the lower campus. Click here for a campus map that includes the location of these parking lots.

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