2018 Commencement

Several special events will mark the last week of school for
the Canterbury Class of 2018

Monday, May 21

9:55 AM - Spring Athletic Awards during School Meeting
10:15 AM - Sixth Form Commencement Rehearsal
6:30 PM - Sixth Form Dinner for graduates and faculty

Tuesday, May 22

9:30 AM - Senior Seminars

4:30 PM - Prom (send-off reception) at Athletic Center

Wednesday, May 23

1:30 PM - Sixth Form Project Presentations at Steele Lecture Room
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Spring Celebration

Thursday, May 24

10:00 AM - Senior Seminars
4:00 PM - Sixth Form Prize Assembly at Maguire Auditorium
5:30 PM - Reception & Dinner at Steele Dining Hall
8:00 PM - Sixth Form Outing

Friday, May 25 - Commencement Day

8:30 AM - All-Class Photo at Sheehan House (Students Only)*
9:30 AM - Academic Procession
9:45 AM - Baccalaureate Mass
11:00 AM - Commencement
12:00 PM - Commencement Luncheon


BOLD - events parents can RSVP for
[*] - when students will receive flowers and neckties


Frequently Asked Questions

What do students need to wear on Commencement Day?

Boys' Commencement Attire
All boys must wear a navy blue blazer with boutonnieres, khaki dress trousers, solid white shirt, appropriate footwear and the Canterbury necktie. Boys must be clean shaven.

Neckties ($40) | Boutonnieres ($12)

The charge for the boutonnieres and neckties will be deducted from student's debit accounts in March prior to Commencement. Boys will receive boutonnieres and neckties the morning of Commencement Day at Sheehan House.


Girls' Commencement Attire
All girls must wear a solid white or off-white dress with appropriate footwear. Please no flip flops.

Long Stemmed Roses ($26)

The charge for the flowers will be deducted from student's debit accounts in March prior to Commencement. Girls will receive the long stemmed roses the morning of the Commencement at Sheehan House.

Can seats at Commencement 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 I get extra tickets for Mass or Commencement?

Tickets are NOT necessary for the Commencement 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 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 do I park on Commencement Day?

Click here for a campus map that includes parking locations. On-campus transportation will be available from all parking lots for those who need assistance.

Where do students need to be the morning of Commencement Day?

All students should be at Sheehan House at 8:30 AM. Here, boys receive Canterbury neckties and boutonnieres, and girls receive long stemmed roses. An all-class photo is then taken on the Sheehan House Terrace. See complete schedule below:

All-Class Photo at Sheehan House - 8:30 AM
Academic Procession - 9:30 AM
Baccalaureate Mass in Chapel - 9:45 AM
Commencement on Duffy Lawn - 11 AM
Commencement Luncheon in Steele Dining Hall - Noon

Click here for a campus map with Commencement Day parking locations.


Will I have to purchase anything for Commencement?

All boys must wear a Canterbury necktie ($40) and boutonnieres ($12). The charge for the boutonnieres and neckties will be deducted from student's debit accounts in March prior to the Commencement. Boys will receive boutonnieres and neckties the morning of Commencement Day at Sheehan House.


All girls must carry long stemmed roses ($26). The charge for the flowers will be deducted from student's debit accounts in March prior to the Commencement. Girls will receive the long stemmed roses the morning of Commencement Day at Sheehan House.


Where can I order personalized announcements for Commencement Day?

Announcements can be ordered from Balfour at http://www.balfour.com


Where does my child get the flowers for Commencement?

Students must report to Sheehan House at 8:30 AM the morning of Commencement Day for an all-class photo, where girls receive long stemmed roses ($26) and boys receive Canterbury neckties ($40) and boutonnieres ($12). The charge for the items will be deducted from students’ debit accounts in March prior to Commencement.

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.

Major Commencement 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.

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.

If I have a question regarding Commencement, who can I contact?

On Commencement Day, our Honors Assembly Fifth Form Book Award recipients will be assisting 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 Commencement, please call

860-210-3854 or email Kim Krinsky.