Commencement Weekend

April 2017

Dear Parents of the Taft Class of 2017,

Congratulations! We look forward to hosting you and your family on Commencement Weekend, May 27–28, 2017.

On Saturday evening, May 27, at 5:30 p.m., the Arts Department will host a concert of celebration featuring Collegium Musicum, the Jazz Band, and Chamber Ensemble in Bingham Auditorium. Following the performance, there will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the McCullough Athletic Center. The annual Senior and Parent Dinner Dance will follow. We are pleased to accommodate family members other than parents, but there will be a charge of $25 per additional guest, which will be reflected in your final school bill. Please note that there will be photographers on hand to take family portraits. Typically, people attend this event in cocktail attire.

Commencement will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 28, in Centennial Quad. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Cruikshank Athletic Center. There is no limit on the number of guests who may be invited to the ceremony; no tickets or registration are required. (Parking information is available here.)

Following Commencement, there will be a luncheon for all guests and graduates in a tent on the soccer field adjacent to Centennial Quad. If someone in your party requires special assistance, please contact me at 800.959.8238 to discuss parking accommodations. For your planning purposes, the luncheon generally concludes by 2:00 p.m., and seniors must depart campus by 4:00 p.m.

The Taft School has preferred room rates with several hotels in the area: The Heritage Hotel in Southbury, 203.264.8200 ($145 per night plus tax); Wyndham Southbury, 203.598.7600 ($119 per night plus tax); and the Courtyard by Marriott in Waterbury ($115 per night plus tax). Other options include: Waterbury Hampton Inn, 203.753.1777; the Mayflower Grace in Washington, 860.868.9466; and Winvian in Morris, 860.567.9600. For a full listing, visit

We look forward to seeing you in May!

Best regards,

Bonnie Welch | Associate Director of Development