February, 2017

Dear Parents of the Class of 2017,

In advance of the Headmaster's formal invitation in April, I wanted to give you some information about the 2017 Commencement celebrations that include parents and families.

On Saturday, May 27, at 5:30 PM, the Arts Department will host a celebratory concert with Collegium Musicum, Jazz Band and Chamber Ensemble in Bingham Auditorium. Following the performance, there will be a reception and dinner dance in the Donald F. McCullough '42 Field House. There are no tickets or reserved tables for this event. Typically, guests dress in cocktail attire.

On Sunday, May 28, Commencement Exercises will begin at 11:00 AM in Centennial Courtyard. The ceremony will last approximately two hours and will be followed by a luncheon on the soccer field adjacent to the courtyard. There are no tickets for this event, but seniors tend to reserve seats for their families on Sunday morning.

The formal invitation package will include announcement cards, which you may send to friends and family with details about the 2017 Commencement at Taft. There will also be information regarding Highpoint Pictures, the photographers who will be taking family photos on campus, both on Saturday evening and Sunday. They also take the formal diploma photos of each graduate.

For your convenience, we have a room block at The Heritage Hotel, in Southbury. We also have a Taft School rate at Wyndham Southbury, located in Southbury. You can book your rooms online through the Heritage Link, but to get the Taft rate at the Wyndham, you will need to call them at 203-598-7600.

If you have other questions prior to the April invitation, please feel free to contact me.

Best regards,

Bonnie Welch P'17 | Associate Director of Development