School Life

Graduation 2019

*Please check this page for up-to-date details regarding these events.*

Wednesday, May 22, 2019: Baccalaureate

The Church of St. John the Divine
Students should report to Sumners Hall at St. John the Divine dressed in their robes by 4:00 p.m.
Seating will open at 4:00 p.m. (there will be no access to the sanctuary before 4:00 p.m.)
Ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m.
The ceremony will end by 5:30 p.m. with the Senior Class picture and reception following in The Quad. In the event of rain, the reception will be held in Flores Hall.

Due to seating limitations at the Church of St. John the Divine, we ask that only the parents and siblings of graduates attend Baccalaureate.

Thursday, May 23, 2019: Commencement

The Great Lawn
Seating will open at 5:45 p.m.
Students should report to the Science Building hallway dressed in their robes and caps at 6:15 p.m. 
The formal bagpipe procession of candidates will begin at 6:45 p.m.; all guests must be seated at this time. The ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. 
(Livestream of the ceremony will be available on monitors inside of Flores Hall.)
The ceremony will end by 8:30 p.m. with a reception following in Flores Hall.
You do not need a ticket to attend Commencement. Tickets are no longer used for Commencement. We want to emphasize that the purpose of holding Commencement outdoors is to increase the opportunity for all families and their guests to attend this most significant ceremony.  

Senior Lot parking will be reserved for our graduates and Gate 1 will be open only for those in need of accessible parking (there will be no general parking available in the Chute, Circle, or underground). All other parking lots on campus will be open. In the event of rain, the Lower School parking lot (via Gate 4 on Westheimer) will be reserved for accessible parking only.
Shuttles will be circulating through the various parking lots to transport guests who prefer not to walk. The shuttles will run from approximately 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Accessible Seating and Parking for Commencement

If you have any guests with special accommodations attending Commencement, please enter Gate 1 on Claremont Lane and you will be directed to the appropriate parking location.

In the event of rain, accessible parking will be available in the Lower School parking lot through Gate 4 on Westheimer. 

Please email with the name(s) of the person(s) needing accessible parking and/or seating, as well as the number of people in your party, so that we can ensure appropriate accommodations. 

Inclement Weather

If there is inclement weather, Commencement will be held in the gym. Chairs will be set up in addition to use of the bleachers. There will be additional seating in the Lowe Theater of the VST where the livestream of the event will be shown. More detailed information about inclement weather plans will be communicated closer to the date of Commencement if in fact the weather forecast is not favorable.

Link to access the livestream of both events:
This link will be available in the Quicklinks on the front page of the website. Please note that the livestream filming itself will begin approximately 15 minutes before either ceremony begins. 

Please email with any questions.

SJS Commencement Speaker: Zachary Heinzerling '02

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Zachary Heinzerling '02 began his career at HBO as a production assistant. He quickly worked his way up the ranks on four consecutive Emmy Award-winning documentaries and the Emmy Award-winning series 24/7, working as a field producer and cinematographer. In 2012, he left HBO to complete his feature debut, the multi-award-winning film, Cutie and the Boxer, which he both directed and shot.

Cutie and the Boxer was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and also received a field-leading three Cinema Eye Awards for Outstanding Debut Feature, Outstanding Visual Effects, and Outstanding Original Score by acclaimed composer Yasuaki Shimizu. That same year, Zachary won the Sundance Film Festival Directing Award, the Charles Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, as well as the International Documentary Association's Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award. The film won the 2015 Emmy Award for Best Feature Documentary.

Over the last 3 years, he has directed award-winning commercials for clients including Google, Nike, Coca-Cola, Facebook, ESPN, and Uber. He was also enlisted by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter to direct the five-part web series Self-Titled for her album Beyoncé. He’s currently in development on two new features, a documentary and a fiction film.

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