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School Life

Graduation 2023


Wednesday, May 17, 2023
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. Photography will be provided by Marc Nathan Photography.

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 18, 2023
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 6:30 p.m. 

The ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. with the formal bagpipe procession; all guests must be seated at this time. The ceremony will end by 8:30 p.m. with a reception following in Flores Hall.  (Livestream of the ceremony will be available on monitors inside of 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

Click here to secure accessible seating and/or parking for Commencement. It is important to complete this form in advance so that the School can ensure appropriate accommodations.

Guests who will be using accessible parking should enter through Gate 1 on Claremont Lane and then 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. 

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.

Livestreaming & Photography 
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. 

Photography will be handled by Marc Nathan Photography.

Please email graduation@sjs.org with any questions.  
Caps and gowns will be distributed to Class 12 students at Senior Tea on Monday, April 24.

2023 Commencement Speaker: Scott McClelland

Scott McClelland is the former President of H-E-B Food/Drug Stores. HEB is a $38B grocery retailer that operates stores in Texas and Mexico. In his capacity Scott oversaw the operations of all HEB banners across the state of Texas. He retired from the company in January 2023.

Named America’s top Grocery Retailer in 2019, H-E-B is known for operating stores with low prices, unique products tailored to Texans’ tastes and friendly Partners.

McClelland has worked at H-E-B since 1990 after a ten-year career at Pepsico’s Frito Lay division. He had never worked in a grocery store before joining H-E-B. Eventually, he oversaw 315 stores.

McClelland led H-E-B’s expansion into Houston, Lubbock and Dallas/Fort Worth. Known as the “HEB Guy”, Scott was the local face for H-E-B starring in TV commercials along with JJ Watt, Jose Altuve and other local sports notables.

McClelland received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and graduated from Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.

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