Class of 2021

King School Commencement 2021

Commencement 2021 Livestream

Senior Parent Gift

This year’s Grade 12 parents have raised more than $450,000 in gifts and pledges in support of King School -- from the King Fund, to financial access, to college counseling, and so much more. As of June 8, we’ve reached 74% towards a class goal of 100% participation. The Senior Parent Gift is an important tradition here at King, and we hope our class will continue to make an impact, as other senior parents have done before us.

This year, there are three main components to choose from for our Senior Parent Gift:

  • Support the operations of the college counseling office via a designated King Fund Gift. NOTE: we have a $50,000 matching opportunity if you donate to this area! We’ve reached $45,285 towards reaching this full $50,000 commitment. Only $4,716 left to go!
  • Support the unrestricted King Fund with a generous gift (the pressure on the operating budget is BIG this year due to all the COVID-19 accommodations.)
  • Support the Legacy Fund (temporarily endowed to support financial access and faculty development.)

Please consider joining these efforts and honor your senior's success with a Senior Parent Gift. Click here to make your gift or pledge today. For more details, contact Christy Burkart at cburkart@kingschoolct.org. Thank you!

KEY EVENTS AND INFORMATION

APRIL

TUESday, APRIL 20
Senior Stress Buster hosted by Parents' Association 
| PAC Courtyard
THURSday, APRIL 22
Senior Stress Buster hosted by Development Office | PAC Courtyard
THURSday, APRIL 29
Art Colloquium 
| PAC Lobby and Courtyard
FRIDAY, APRIL 30
Senior Spring Breakfast | PAC Courtyard

MAY

THURSday, MAY 27
Julie Lythcott-Haims Event for Seniors | 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. PAC
Senior attendance is required.
Cap and Gown Distribution | 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. PAC
Senior Outdoor Movie Night* | 7:30 p.m. Segalas Family Athletic Field
Join your classmates for food trucks, lawn games, and your official Alumni gift! We're screening the senior class video and Ferris Bueller's Day Off on the big screen.
*Rain date is June 3

JUNE

Tuesday, June 1
Senior Excursion
| 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. RPM Raceway
In order to attend this event, a parent needs to have completed the Senior Excursion Travel Form. Seniors who are under 18 also need to have a parent sign a waiver from RPM. Seniors who are over 18 will sign the waiver upon arrival to the venue.
Wednesday, June 2
Prize Day
| 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. North Field Tent
Senior attendance and formal dress (senior shirts) is required. Parents of seniors receiving recognition will be invited to attend. Seniors should meet in the PAC Courtyard at 8:45 a.m.
Senior Prom | 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Burning Tree Country Club
Formal party for seniors plus one.

Thursday, June 3
Graduation Rehearsal
| 3:00 p.m. North Field Tent
Senior attendance is required.
Yearbook Dedication and Distribution | 4:00 p.m. PAC
Senior attendance is required.
College Sweatshirt Photos | 4:30 p.m. PAC Courtyard
Food Truck for Seniors | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. PAC Courtyard
Senior Project Presentations | Online
Each Senior will submit online a photo with text or a video explaining their Senior Project and a link to the page will be released to the King Community on this day so we can all celebrate the ways in which the Seniors used their "gift of time".

Friday, June 4
Flowers
| 2:15 p.m. Lower School Grade 5 Wing
Graduation Portraits | 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Simon House
Commencement Line-Up | 4:30 p.m. PAC Courtyard
Class of 2021 Commencement | 5:00 p.m. North Field Tent

Class of 2021 Commencement Invitation

COMMENCEMENT DETAILS

Seating for Guests
There are four seats reserved for each family; location of the seating assignments is done by lottery. Tickets are not required for graduation. 

Commencement Attire

  • Dress code: This is a formal event so no flip flops, sneakers or shorts allowed. Formal attire includes a white button-down collared shirt with tie and trousers, formal pants and a blouse, or a dress. 
  • Gown: Keep your gown on a hanger so that the wrinkles fall out, or put into a dryer for 5-10 minutes on fluff before arriving to campus. 
  • Caps: Use hairpins, if necessary, to attach cap (supplies and assistance will be provided on campus prior to commencement). The tassel attaches to the button in the middle of the cap. Graduates should wear the tassel on the right side at the beginning of the ceremony and move the tassel to the left, as a group, when given the signal. Students must return their gowns immediately following the ceremony to the PAC lobby. Students may keep the cap and tassel.

Family Graduation portraits

Highpoint Pictures will be taking photos of all seniors on Friday, June 4 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. prior to the commencement ceremony at the Simon House. Individual portraits and family photos will be taken for each graduate!

There is no fee to have pictures taken and no forms are due in advance. All photos will be posted to a private online gallery on Highpoint’s website 2-3 weeks after Commencement. You can browse all photos online and order prints and/or image files of any photos – no obligation. 

All slots have been reserved. If you were not able to sign up, please contact Director of Marketing Lakeya Graves at lgraves@kingschoolct.org.

Graduation yard signs

Let your neighbors know a King School Class of 2021 graduate lives here! Each senior will receive custom yard signs and window clings to show your Viking pride. Signage may be picked up by students from the College Counseling Office during regular school hours or on May 27 at the Julie Lythcott-Haims event.

senior Celebration video

SENIOR CLASS STUDENT GIFT 2021!

The Senior Class Gift is a tradition that has transcended King Seniors for decades. Calling all Class of 2021 students: please consider joining us today with your gift to be a part of the tradition. We are hoping for 100% participation from our grade, a goal that has been achieved for many years. We encourage you to make your donation of $20.21 (or any amount) to this student-led initiative.

MAKE YOUR SENIOR CLASS GIFT

This year, the Class of 2021 would like to raise money to provide an outdoor hangout for all Upper School students: a space where students can come together to collaborate on academics, unwind from any stresses or anxieties, foster relationships with their peers that will last a lifetime, and enjoy some fresh air!

Welcome to the Alumni Association!

Save the date to return to campus for your first Homecoming as alumni! Please join us Friday, October 22 - Sunday, October 24, 2021. More details will be shared in Fall 2021.

Do we have your best contact information on file? Please contact Stephen Sheehan '07, Director of Alumni Engagement, to update your preferred e-mail, mailing address, and phone number to stay up-to-date on all the happenings for King alumni! 

Prize Day