Our Programs
Upper School

Class of 2020 Commencement




Please note: Printed programs will be mailed as keepsakes to each graduate.

Commencement Ceremony, Saturday, July 18
Commencement will begin Saturday 7/18 at 6:30 pm on Tattersall football field on our MS/US Campus. Each family has been randomly assigned a section of five seats on the lawn and an entrance time. Please look for a communication to go out with your seating and entrance time details soon. When you arrive in the evening, please remain in your car until your scheduled entrance time then proceed directly to the football field. Team members will be there to direct you to your section, which will be clearly marked with your assigned number and family name. You may want to bring a handheld umbrella for shade while waiting for the ceremony to begin. 

Commencement Rain Plan 
This year, we do not have an indoor rain plan alternative. In the case of inclement weather, our ceremony will be postponed until Sunday, July 19 or Monday, July 20. 

On-Campus Requirement
We are asking families to do a self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms prior to their arrival to campus (according to the CDC, symptoms include, but are not limited to: fever - temperature measures 100.4 °F [38 °C] or greater, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and/or headaches). Individuals who are not feeling well, have underlying health conditions, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19 must remain at home and isolated/ quarantined.
 
While on campus anyone over the age of 12 will be required to wear cloth face covering. A cloth face covering is recommended but not required for children ages 2-12.
 
Commencement Rehearsal
Seniors should meet on the front lawn on Friday 7/17 at 10:00 am to rehearse the ceremony. Seniors must wear a mask and are encouraged to bring water and wear sunscreen, as this will be an entirely outdoor event. 
 
Meeting for Worship
We will have two, separate events for the Class of 2020, as we are unable to hold Meeting for Worship in an indoor space that could accommodate seniors and invited guests.
 
Meeting for Worship for seniors only, will be held Friday 7/17 immediately following Commencement rehearsal. 
 
Meeting for Worship for seniors, families, and friends on Saturday 7/18 at 11:00 am EDT via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent to all senior families next week. 
 
Pre-Commencement Photos
Seniors will receive details about arrival for photos during rehearsal on Friday 7/17.
 
 
Commencement Live Video Stream
We are happy to offer a live stream of our Commencement ceremony for those who cannot attend. Please feel free to view or share using the following link: WFS Commencement Live Stream. The link will be live at approximately 6:25 pm on Saturday. The link will also be embedded on our website.
 
Commencement Rain Plan 
In the case of inclement weather, our ceremony will be postponed until Sunday, July 19 or Monday, July 20. We will keep an eye on the weather and communicate any postponement as soon as possible.  Any change in plans will be sent via our messaging system and posts on social media. We will make any final decision no later than 3:00 pm. 
 
Commencement Dress Code**
  • white dress and white dress shoes
  • khaki pants, blue blazer, white shirt, necktie, socks, dress shoes
  • mask will be provided by the School
 
**Commencement attire guidelines: You and your senior should be comfortable with how your senior looks and feels while walking and sitting. Please be mindful that Commencement is a multi-generational event and is held outside on the lawn. Additionally, this year’s walk will be longer and, mostly, on grass. Students should be mindful of this as they make decisions for shoes.
 
Accessibility Services
If you have guests for whom it would be difficult to walk to the seating area on the lawn, we can help. A staff member will use the school Gator to drive your guests from the Jones House circle to the seating area, starting at 6pm. After dropping your guest off in the Jones House circle, please park elsewhere so the drop-off area remains accessible to other guests who may need our services.
 
Photos During Commencement
As each graduate receives their diploma, a photographer will be there to capture this moment for each student, and we will provide you with the access to these photos later in the summer.
 
Wilmington Friends School Graduation Discs, plus Personalized Download Videos, Available for Pre-order
Wilmington Friends School's 2020 Graduation Video, to be recorded by O.K. Video, is available to order in DVD, Blu-ray disc, and MP4 (on Flash Drive) formats. All products will include the full graduation ceremony recorded with two camera angles.
 
DVDs are $25 each. Blu-ray Discs and MP4 files on Flash Drives are $35. All prices include first class postage and handling. Additionally, an optional Personalized Download Video (+$16) is available, perfect for sharing with family and friends on social media.
 
Orders received by Sunday, August 9 will be mailed to homes the week of August 10. Links to downloadable files will be emailed by mid-August. Orders placed August 10 and thereafter will incur a $7 handling charge and will mail within two weeks of receipt.
 
To order your DVD, Blu-ray Disc, or MP4, with or without a Personalized Download Video, click the link below to go directly to the WFS page on the O.K. Video website. An order form PDF is attached for those preferring to order by mail: