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School Life

Graduation 2020

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2020: 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 21, 2020: 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 graduation@sjs.org 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: http://new.livestream.com/sjs
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 graduation@sjs.org with any questions.

Commencement Speaker

Dr. Katherine Y. King '92

Dr. Katherine Y. King ’92 is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Baylor College of Medicine. She studied biochemical sciences at Harvard University and then completed a dual-degree program at Washington University in St. Louis where she earned both her M.D. and Ph.D. over the course of seven years. While studying the causes of strep throat during her Ph.D., she decided she wanted to work on a widespread health problem, which eventually led her to microbiology and infectious diseases. Because Houston has one of the top pediatric training programs in the nation, King returned home to complete her residency training in pediatrics at Baylor. She stayed for an additional year as chief resident and then completed her pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training at Baylor. It was during her fellowship that she began studying how the bone marrow responds to infections – research she continues today.

King’s work to understand how the body regulates blood production to fight infections is especially relevant to patients fighting prolonged or severe infections, and those with cancer. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. King’s work has been published in numerous scientific publications and garnered millions of dollars of research funding from the National Institutes of Health and other research foundations. In 2019 she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

In addition to her research, she is also a co-founder and serves on the advisory board of Doctors For Change (https://doctorsforchange.org/), a nonprofit that seeks “to increase access to care and improve the health of all Houstonians and all Texans through research, education, collaboration, and advocacy.”

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