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School Life

Graduation 2024

Baccalaureate

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
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.

Commencement

Thursday, May 23, 2024
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. Any seats not occupied in the accessible seating section will be released for general seating at 6:45 p.m.

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.  

2024 Commencement Speaker: Dr. Huda Zoghbi

Huda Zoghbi, M.D., is Distinguished Service Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, Neurology, and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and founding Director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Zoghbi’s expertise ranges from neurodevelopment to neurodegeneration. She and Dr. Harry Orr discovered that Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 1 is caused by expansion of a polyglutamine tract. Her subsequent studies demonstrating that such expansion leads to accumulation of the mutant protein in neurons has had profound ramifications since many late-onset neurodegenerative disorders involve similar accumulations of disease-driving proteins. She also discovered that mutations in MECP2 cause the postnatal neurological disorder Rett syndrome and revealed insight into mechanisms driving neuronal dysfunction. Her team highlighted the sensitivity of the brain to MeCP2 levels, and is currently pursuing therapeutic strategies to help people suffering from Rett and MECP2 duplication syndrome. 

Dr. Zoghbi has trained over 110 scientists and physician-scientists. She has been committed to educating the next generation of scientists and to creating collaborative opportunities. She is a member of multiple professional organizations and boards. She has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Zoghbi’s honors include the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize from Rockefeller University; the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences; the Canada Gairdner International Prize; and the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. 

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