Commencement Schedule of Events 2016

Diplomas will be conferred upon 72 seniors on Sunday May 29 in Cate School's 103rd Commencement.

The seventy-two seniors who comprise Cate's Class of 2016 will receive their diplomas during the School's traditional Commencement exercises scheduled for Sunday, May 29 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will take place on Commencement Lawn, in the center of the School's campus. Headmaster Ben Williams will confer diplomas on the graduates in the presence of the School's board of trustees, faculty, students, families, and friends.

The senior class has chosen teacher Brooks Hansen, a member of the Humanities and English Departments, to deliver the faculty Commencement address. Joel Serugo of North Hills, CA will deliver the senior address.

For those unable to attend in person, the event will be live streamed here.

The Sunday ceremony will cap a weekend of festivities and graduation-related gatherings. Parking will be available in the parking lot by Sprague Gym with additional parking on the upper field.  Please arrive early for events in order allow at least 10 minutes to walk to the campus from the upper field and consider wearing comfortable walking shoes. Attendees should be prepared for all types of weather, including hot sun, or fog, rain, and chilly air.

Saturday's Baccalaureate speaker is Ryan Bradley '02, a Los Angeles-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and Popular Science, among other publications. The student Baccalaureate speakers are Mikaela Li of Shenzhen, China and Oliver Welch of Santa Barbara, CA.

On Monday, May 16, sixteen members of the Class of 2016 were inducted into Cate's chapter of the Cum Laude Society. Dr. Roberta Rudnick, professor of earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara gave the address at this year's ceremony.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 27 6:00 p.m. Senior-Faculty Dinner

Saturday, May 28

4:00 p.m.

5:45 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

Awards Ceremony, Kirby Quadrangle

Buffet Dinner, Raymond Commons

Baccalaureate Ceremony, Katharine Thayer Cate Memorial Chapel

Sunday, May 29

10:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

Commencement, Commencement Lawn

Lunch, Senior Lawn