Commencement

Schedule

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018

• 6:30 p.m. Alumni Association Senior Dinner (students only) at the President’s house and Fleck Hall

MONDAY, MAY 21 - THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

• Final Examinations

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

• 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Graduation Rehearsal (attendance required).

• 6:30 p.m. Formal dinner and Junior/Senior Prom

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018

• 4:30 p.m. Graduates gather at the Bell Tower for Baccalaureate. In case of rain, graduates will convene in Fellowship Hall of the Church of Christ Uniting.

• 5:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Service, Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston (at the corner of Market Street and Sprague Avenue).

• 6:15 p.m. (approximately) The Board of Trustees' Smorgasbord Dinner on Back Campus (or in the Carpenter Athletic Center if raining). Note: a photo of alumni with graduating sons and daughters will be taken on the Bell Tower steps immediately after the Baccalaureate service (or at the Church of Christ Uniting altar, if raining).

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018

• 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Presidential Brunch for boarding seniors and their families in Fleck Hall.

• 12:15 p.m. Class photo on Bell Tower steps. Following the photo: graduates remain assembled at the Bell Tower for Commencement. In case of rain, graduates will gather in the multi-purpose room of the Pettebone-Dickson Student Center.

• 1:00 p.m. Commencement, Back Campus (the field across from the Carpenter Athletic Center on North Maple Avenue). In case of rain, Commencement will be held in the Carpenter Athletic Center.

• Immediately following Commencement: Farewell Punch Bowl under the tent. Photographs of all Commencement Award winners will be taken at the Commencement stage.

Information for Parents

The Commencement Weekend schedule begins on Saturday, May 26, with the Baccalaureate, a dignified service of worship for the graduates, faculty, trustees, and families associated with this year's class. The service begins with a stately processional at 5:00 p.m. into the Church of Christ Uniting, just across the street from Wyoming Seminary on Market Street. Following the recessional you are invited to our annual smorgasbord, sponsored by the Board of Trustees, held on Back Campus.

Since 1999 Wyoming Seminary has held its Commencement ceremony outside on the Back Campus lawn. This affords us maximum seating and adds to the beauty of the event. When the weather doesn't cooperate, Commencement is held in the Carpenter Athletic Center on campus. Whether indoors or out, Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 27, and will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. and will conclude by 3:00 p.m.

A more detailed list of events will be coming from the President's Office in mid-April. Included in that information will be a link to order Baccalaureate, Commencement, and Smorgasbord tickets. Please begin to give some thought to how many tickets you will require for each event. Preliminarily, I foresee the following restrictions: 4 tickets for Baccalaureate, the same for Smorgasbord, and 12 tickets for Commencement. These numbers will be finalized before the April communication.

To commemorate this special occasion, Wyoming Seminary offers graduation announcements for purchase. For more information about this service please view our order form found below on this page.

Your graduate is required to adhere to the following Baccalaureate and Commencement dress code guidelines:

GENTLEMEN: Baccalaureate – Jacket and tie, dress shirt, dress slacks, dress socks and dress shoes. (no sandals, docksides or boots)

Commencement – Navy blue blazer, white dress shirt, school tie (sold in the campus store), grey dress slacks, dress socks and dress shoes. (no sandals, docksides or boots)

LADIES: Baccalaureate – Spring dress or dressy skirt and blouse (knee length or longer preferred), and dress shoes. Bare backs, spaghetti straps, or skirts with excessive slits are not acceptable.

Commencement – Traditional knee length or longer, all white dress (no accent colors), dress white shoes. Ensembles are acceptable. Bare backs, spaghetti straps, or skirts with excessive slits are not acceptable.

Dress code guidelines are given so that the traditional spirit and decorum of the occasion can be maintained. Please help us ensure that your graduate is permitted to march in the processions by seeing that they come dressed properly. I hope you will ask for clarification well in advance of Commencement weekend.

I look forward to seeing you and sharing in this very important weekend in the life of your family and our school. Please feel free to contact me at the school with any questions you have about our 2018 Commencement weekend.

For those of you traveling, I would suggest you explore lodging soon to ensure availability.

Sincerely,

Mary G. Swaback
Commencement Coordinator
mswaback@wyomingseminary.org

Dress Code

Graduates are required to adhere to the Baccalaureate and Commencement dress code guidelines below. Guidelines are given so that the traditional spirit and decorum of the occasion can be maintained. Please help us ensure that your student is permitted to march in the processions by seeing that they come dressed properly. Contact Dean of Upper School Jay Harvey at jharvey@wyomingseminary.org if you have any questions about dress requirements.

Boys

Baccalaureate

Jacket and tie, dress shirt, dress slacks, dress socks and dress shoes (no sandals, docksides or boots).

Commencement

Navy blue blazer, white dress shirt, school tie (may be purchased in campus store), grey dress slacks, dress socks and dress shoes (no sandals, docksides or boots).

Girls

Baccalaureate

Spring dress or dressy skirt and blouse (knee length or longer preferred) and dress shoes. Bare backs, spaghetti straps or skirts with excessive slits are not acceptable.

Commencement

Traditional long (knee-length preferred) all white dress (no accent colors) and dress white shoes. Ensembles are acceptable. Bare backs, spaghetti straps or skirts with excessive slits are not acceptable.

Photography

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018

Alumni photo
Directly after the Baccalaureate ceremony, a group photo of all Sem alumni parents and grandparents will be taken with their graduating senior on the Bell Tower steps. A separate letter will be sent with instructions.

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018

Class photo
There will be a class photo taken at the Bell Tower promptly at 12:15 p.m. Please make sure your graduate is at the Bell Tower at this time and that he or she is dressed in the proper attire.

Diploma photos
During the Commencement ceremony, our official event photographer will take individual photos of each student receiving a diploma. After Commencement, you'll receive an email with a link to the photographer's website and ordering information.

Directions and Parking

UPPER SCHOOL INFORMATION

Address: 201 N. Sprague Avenue, Kingston, PA 18704

Campus map and parking Local lodging


DIRECTIONS

Wyoming Seminary is easily accessible from any direction by car, bus or plane. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport at Avoca is the nearest airport. Martz Trailways provides express coach service from Philadelphia and New York. Taxi service is available between the Wilkes-Barre terminal and the campus.

From Interstate 80

Take Exit 284. Follow 115 North approximately 24 miles. Near Wilkes-Barre, 115 North becomes 309 North. Take Exit 4 off 309.

From Interstate 81

Take Exit 170B. Follow 115 North which will become 309 North. Take Exit 4 off 309.

From Route 476

Take Exit 105. Follow 115 North until it becomes 309 North. Take Exit 4 off 309.

From Exit 4 off 309

Having taken Exit 4 marked "Kingston/Forty Fort," stay in the left lane of the ramp and at the traffic light turn left onto Rutter Avenue. Continue on Rutter to the second traffic light (Pierce Street). Turn right onto Pierce and drive two blocks to the intersection of Pierce Street with Route 11 (also known as Wyoming Avenue). Turn left (south) on Route11. Make the third right turn onto Market Street and then immediately turn left onto South Sprague Avenue. There are two parking lots on the left side of South Sprague Avenue.

Graduation Announcements

Congratulations on your student's academic achievement! For your convenience, Wyoming Seminary can provide graduation announcements to commemorate this event.

Orders must be placed online by completing the form below before March 29. Announcements will arrive in late April. If you have questions, please e-mail Mrs. Gail Smallwood at gsmallwood@wyomingseminary.org.


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Pricing (includes envelopes)

20 announcements: $35.00
40 announcements: $55.00
100 announcements: $85.00

ORDER FORM

You and your student will be notified via email when your announcements have been delivered. Students should pick up orders from Mrs. Smallwood in the Communications Office on the first floor of Sprague Hall. We do not currently offer shipping for announcements.