Commencement

Visit the Graduation 2020 site to watch the ceremony, read tributes to the seniors and more. 

June 7, 2020
Exeter students wearing wreaths at graduation.

In a year that featured many firsts at the Academy, the 2020 graduation ceremony will be unlike any other in the school’s 239-year history. The class of 2020 will be celebrated in a virtual ceremony on June 7. Graduating seniors, families, friends, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to watch the hourlong celebration beginning at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will feature many time-honored traditions: prelude music performed by Dacha Thurber ‘20, violin, Max Tan ‘21, cello, and Nathan Sun ‘20, piano; a welcome from Senior Class President Audrey Vanderslice; recognition of retiring faculty members; announcement of awards by Dean of Faculty Ellen Wolff; graduation remarks by Principal Bill Rawson '71; P'08; and the awarding of diplomas.

How do I watch?

The ceremony will be broadcast on the Graduation 2020 website at 10 a.m. on June 7. Check the site today for tributes to the class of 2020 and more. 

How can I join in?

Be sure to post your congratulations for the class of 2020 on social media using #PEAgrad2020.

Can I send congratulations?

Yes. Before the ceremony, you can share your congratulations or message of support for the graduating class through this online form.  

We will post these messages on the Graduation 2020 website in the days running up to June 7.

Can I say goodbye to my teachers and Principal Rawson?

Please join the faculty and Principal Rawson after the graduation ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon by dropping in to visit in their Zoom rooms. You can find a directory with Zoom links on Exeter Connect for students and on the Parent Portal for parents and guardians.

What if I can’t watch at 10 a.m.?

We hope that as many people as possible will join us at 10 to share the joy of watching the class of 2020 graduate. If you cannot watch at that time, a recording of the ceremony will be available at the Graduation 2020 site.

Will there be an exhibition of student artwork?

Yes. The Lamont Gallery’s annual student art exhibition is set to open online on June 1. “PRESENT3” will showcase the work of Exeter students in the ART 500 and ART 999 advanced studio courses.

Are other events happening?

Virtual gatherings the week of graduation include the Cum Laude Society induction ceremony and the faculty send-off of the class of 2020, with featured speaker Reverend Heidi Heath. Both events are scheduled for the morning of Saturday, June 6.

Can I order a keepsake?

Yes. Check the Academy bookstore website for details.

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