Several special events will mark the last week of school for
the Canterbury Class of 2019.
Monday, May 20
9:55 AM - Spring Athletic Awards during School Meeting
10:15 AM - Sixth Form Commencement Rehearsal
6:00 PM - Sixth Form Dinner for graduates and faculty
Tuesday, May 21
Time TBD - Sixth Form Seminars
Time TBD - Prom (send-off reception) at Athletic Center
Wednesday, May 22
Time TBD - Sixth Form Project Presentations at Steele Lecture Room
Time TBD - Spring Celebration
Thursday, May 23
5:00 PM - Sixth Form Prize Assembly at Maguire Auditorium
6:15 PM - Reception & Dinner at Steele Dining Hall
Friday, May 24 - 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
- What do students need to wear on Commencement Day?
- Can seats at Commencement be reserved?
- Can I get extra tickets for Mass or Commencement?
- Can anyone go to the Baccalaureate Mass?
- Where do I park on Commencement Day?
- Where do students need to be the morning of Commencement Day?
- Will I have to purchase anything for Commencement?
- Where can I order personalized announcements for Commencement Day?
- Where does my child get the flowers for Commencement?
- Some students have blue ribbons on their flowers. What do the blue ribbons represent?
- Major Commencement Awards
- If I have a question regarding Commencement, who can I contact?
- How should I plan for the weather of the day?
Boys' Commencement Attire
All boys must wear a navy blue blazer with boutonnieres, dress trousers in light khaki color, 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.
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.
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 Sheehan Lawn - 11 AM
Commencement Luncheon in Steele Dining Hall - Noon
Click here for a campus map with Commencement Day parking locations.
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.
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.
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.
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 you have a question before Commencement, please call
860-210-3854 or email Kim Krinsky.
New England weather in May provides the potential for sun, heat, and humidity. Please dress accordingly with light layers. Water will be available to those attending the event throughout the morning; however, it may also be prudent to bring an umbrella to shade from direct sunlight.
There will be areas in the back and side of the audience for those who would like to take a rest from direct sunlight and sit in the shade or use an umbrella.
Watch Commencement Live!
If you or a family member are unable to attend, you can view the Commencement Exercises as they happen.
Live streaming will be available on Friday, May 24.
Robert H. Castellini P '85, '91, GP '19 is the principal owner and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds. He is also chairman of the Castellini Group of Companies, a distributor and processor of fresh produce. Established in 1896, the firm supplies the fresh produce needs of the food-service and retail industries in the Midwest and Southeast through a broad range of distribution services and value-added products.
Bob earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University, DA and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He served two years in the US Army, achieving the rank of first lieutenant, and received an Army Commendation Medal. He is very active in his community and has served as the chairman of several Cincinnati civic and philanthropic organizations. Mr. Castellini previously served on the board of trustees for Denison University, OH Xavier University, OH and Babson College, MA.
Bob and his wife Susie have four children and twelve grandchildren. Their two daughters, Elizabeth Castellini Robinson and Patricia Castellini Headley, are Canterbury graduates. Their grandson, Trey Fesperman, is a member of the Canterbury Class of 2019.