A Time for Great Celebration
This year’s graduation ceremony will be held on the lawn in front of Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium on Friday, June 10, at 9:30 a.m, rain or shine. Graduates should arrive at 8 a.m. A live stream of the event will be linked from Milton’s homepage on the morning of the ceremony.
The formal graduation procession begins at Straus Library. A bagpiper then leads the faculty and seniors in a march to their seats. Tradition also dictates that Milton seniors vote for two students to speak on behalf of the class at graduation. This year’s commencement speaker is Heather C. McGhee ‘97. She is an author and public policy advocate who designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. For nearly two decades, she helped build the policy organization Demos, serving four years as president. Her New York Times bestselling book, The Sum of Us, was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence.
Diplomas at Milton are given in random order, and the last student to graduate is given a sock of quarters—one from each classmate.
More Details About Graduation
Guests will not be permitted to leave their seats to take photos. A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduating senior. You will receive proofs over the summer, at which time you can decide whether or not to order copies. You are under no obligation to make a purchase.
Parking and traffic
We will make special arrangements for parking and traffic for graduation. All parking will take place on Upton Field and in the Junior Building parking lot. Our staff, with assistance from the Milton police, will direct you. There will be golf cart transport from Upton field for those who need assistance. Please do not park on Voses Lane, Randolph Avenue, or Centre Street.
Because of the number of people on campus, Academy Road, which runs in front of the Robert Saltonstall Gym and the main campus dormitories, will be closed from 9:30 p.m. on Thursday until about 1:45 p.m. on Friday. Parents who wish to load belongings from dorm rooms during these times should use the access road behind the dormitories.
Handicapped and elderly access
If a member of your party needs to be dropped off close to the ceremony site or requires handicapped access, please communicate with a campus safety officer upon your arrival to campus on the morning of graduation and he or she will make appropriate arrangements. Please remember that no cars will be allowed down past the ceremony site after 9:00 a.m.
We have entered the season of celebrations. Each year we ask families to stand firm in discouraging risky behaviors, including the use of alcohol and drugs, that jeopardize the well-being of those we celebrate. Please comply with all laws regarding substances and with all guidelines for social gatherings.