Weekend of Closing Festivities, SAS Class of 2019 Graduates May 19
Thursday, May 16, 2019
The student body of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School will celebrate the 2018-19 academic year and its 37 graduating seniors during weekend festivities May 17-19.
The weekend begins with the Baccalaureate Service on Friday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the school’s Outdoor Altar. This year’s Baccalaureate speakers will be longtime and beloved SAS Spanish teachers Steve and Claudia Rinck who will retire this year. The Baccalaureate Service is followed by a banquet for seniors, their families, and guests in Robinson Dining Hall. The final event of the evening is the senior Lead Out & Annie Presentations in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. The Annies, an SAS tradition, is an opportunity for each senior to be honored with an original poem written by a faculty member in celebration of that senior. Events will end on Friday night at approximately 9 p.m.
On Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. the school community will gather under the tent at the Outdoor Altar for Honors Day, a celebration of student achievements throughout the year and major awards recognizing outstanding leadership, service, and scholarship. Retiring and departing faculty members will also be honored during the ceremony. Honors Day lasts about an hour. Following the program guests are invited to a reception in Simmonds Hall. Student artwork will be on display in the SAS Gallery throughout the weekend.
The weekend, and school year, concludes on Sunday, May 19 with Commencement Eucharist and Commencement Exercises which begin at 10 a.m. under the tent at the Outdoor Altar. The graduation ceremony lasts about one and a half hours. Each senior will be awarded a diploma and receive a parting blessing. Following Commencement Exercises, there will be a reception in the Spencer Room in Langford Hall.