121st Commencement

Please watch this page for information about the 2020-21 Commencement.

Information for Parents


Note: This is a sample schedule from past years. This page will be updated as we approach the 2020-21 Commencement dates.


8:00pm Celebration of the Class of 2020, Pingree Auditorium
All graduates required to attend. Due to limited seating, parents of graduates are invited, but not required to attend.


11:30am-12:30pm Buffet Lunch, Dining Hall (optional)

5:00pm Awards Ceremony, Mebane Fieldhouse
Graduates, Students, Faculty, Families, and Guests

6:15-7:30pm Buffet Dinner, Dining Hall or Dinner in Asheville

10:00pm All Boarding Students Must Return To Campus


8:30-10:00am Coffee, Dining Hall (optional)

9:00-10:00am Baccalaureate, St. Joseph’s Chapel
We respectfully request that guests inside the chapel are limited to 6 per graduating family.

10:15-11:00am Commencement, Yard A (Student Attendance Required)
In case of rain, exercises will be held in the Mebane Fieldhouse.

11:00-12:00pm Reception, Dining Hall Patio
Graduates, Families, and Guests

Reserve Lodging & Make Dinner Reservations Early

Hotels offering discounts to Christ School guests.

The dining hall will be available for meals all weekend. However, many families prefer to make dinner plans following the Awards Ceremony and lunch following Commencement.

Christ School Class Ring

Through Herff Jones, a leading supplier of high school and college graduation products, Christ School offers both a traditional and signet class ring. The rings are on display in the bookstore and can be sized and purchased at the bookstore. Herff Jones offers a lifetime warranty, which includes resizing and repairing at no charge. There is no obligation to buy a ring.


Graduation Announcements

For Christ School Graduation Announcements visit http://csp.imagesmith.com

- Click on "Register" below the log in button
- Enter your contact information and username (we suggest your e-mail address)
- At "Choose Facility," click in the box and select ImageSmith (the only option available)

- Once logged in, you will see the Graduation Announcements product. Click on it and you'll be able to enter the quantity and student's full name, proof it for accuracy, and submit your order with credit card payment.
- Turnaround is 3-5 working days plus shipping. You can choose to pick up your order at the Arden facility, or have it shipped to you.

If you have any questions or issues in the ordering process, please contact Jessica Hunter at 828-684-4512 ext. 101 or jessica@imagesmith.com.

Moving Out of the Dorm

Graduates will be expected to move out of the dorm by 4pm on the 17th. Boarding students are given plenty of time and access to supplies during the preceding weeks to pack. Be aware that the circle on upper campus will be blocked off during the graduation exercises.

What to Wear

With the variety of activities scheduled, you may want to bring a selection of casual, and dressy casual attire. Weather permitting, commencement exercises will be held outside on Yard A lawn (south side of the chapel). Temperatures in May are unpredictable, so check the forecast and pack accordingly.

  • Parent & Guest – suggested attire
    • Senior Celebration: Casual attire
    • Awards: Dressy casual attire
    • Commencement: Men typically wear a coat/tie; women wear dresses or nice pants and top
  • Graduate attire
    • Awards night: Coat & tie
    • Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremony: Green CS blazer, white shirt, CS tie, khakis and dress shoes. Mr. Hyche will review with the students in the weeks ahead.


  • Parking: Follow signs to the parking lots. The chapel road and Wetmore circle will be closed beginning Saturday afternoon until Sunday at noon.
  • Handicapped Guests: Golf cart valets will be available to escort handicapped guests on Saturday evening and Sunday morning to the Awards Ceremony and to Yard A and St. Joseph’s Chapel.


There are no tickets for the graduation events. However, there will be sections reserved at all events for the families of graduates.

  • Awards Ceremony – The doors will open at 4:30pm. The front sections of the Field House will be reserved for families of graduating seniors.
  • Baccalaureate – Seating is limited in Saint Joseph’s Chapel so we respectfully request that families of graduates limit themselves to 6 seats.
  • Commencement Seating – Sections will be reserved on Yard A lawn for: 1) graduating seniors, 2) graduating senior families who are attending baccalaureate, 3) the faculty. Open seating is available for all other guests and undergraduates.


A professional photographer will be on hand to get a picture of your son as he receives his diploma. After the ceremony, the photographer will also be available to take group and family pictures. These photos will be available on the photographer’s website in the weeks following graduation. Christ School will email all parents the link to the website.

Underclassman Attendance

Our policy mandates that all boarding students remain on campus through Commencement on Sunday, May 17. Commencement is on Sunday from 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM, which is relatively short for graduation ceremonies. The reasons for having your sons here through the Graduation Ceremony are listed below.

  1. Many underclassmen are recognized and honored in the awards ceremonies at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, May 16.
  2. We believe it is important for the underclassmen to attend the Commencement of the Class of 2020. It is a foreshadowing of the passage that the younger boys will be making in the near future. It is also an opportunity to say goodbye and bring closure to the tight friendships your sons have developed with the graduating seniors.
  3. The underclassmen have a role in preparing the campus for the various graduation events.

We invite you and your family to join us for any of the events on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and May 17. Some events are reserved for the families of graduates as indicated on the schedule. I urge you to also make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Please contact Steve Stay should you need any assistance in preparation for your visit. We look forward to seeing you in May 2020.

See Photos from the 119th Commencement

Commencement 2019