Commencement Information

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 will be held on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Seniors processing to commencement exercises

The 137th Commencement of Northfield Mount Hermon will take place on Sunday, May 24, 2020. Families and guests are welcome to attend the Baccalaureate service Sunday, May 19, as well as the Class Day exercises and Commencement eve dinner on Saturday, May 25. 

Questions? Email Julia Farmer, Director of Parent Resources.

Accommodations

Please plan ahead and make reservations as soon as possible. Spring is a busy time in the Pioneer Valley; most hotels south of NMH will be booked early. Also consider looking north to nearby Brattleboro, VT, or Keene, NH. For a list of hotels, check out the area lodging page.

Invitations

Families have been mailed a packet of information that includes an invitation to Commencement exercises. Additional invitations are available in the deans' office.

Caps and gowns

Commencement regalia belong to the school and are loaned to students for Baccalaureate and Commencement. We ask graduates to return their caps and gowns immediately after Commencement.

Parking

Campus safety officers will direct you to campus parking on Commencement morning. If you have special parking needs, please inform the officer. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic on campus will be heavy; please obey the campus speed limit (19 mph) and be sure to allow extra time for parking.

Accessibility for people with disabilities

Golf carts will be circulating throughout campus to assist anyone with special needs. Please take advantage of this complimentary service. Restrooms for people with disabilities are available in nearly all buildings except older dormitories.

Photography

Professional photographers from Commencement Photos, Inc. will take one candid shot of every student accepting their diploma and one posed shot at the bottom of the stage. We encourage you to use this service and to limit personal photography during the ceremony for the benefit of all Commencement guests.

An order form for Commencement Photos, Inc. was mailed to you in February. You also may order from the company's website just before and after Commencement.

In addition, general photos taken during Commencement weekend by NMH photographers will be available on our Flickr site within a few days of the event.

LIVE STREAM/video of Commencement ceremony

The Commencement ceremony will be live streamed. Video will be uploaded to the school's YouTube page within a day or two of Commencement. 

2019 Commencement exercises complete video.

Extreme weather plan

Commencement is held under a spacious tent on Thorndike Field. Please be prepared for variable weather.

Attire

Thorndike Field may prove difficult to walk on with high-heeled shoes. Given the rolling campus terrain, the paths, and the lawns, graduates, families, and guests are urged to wear flat-soled shoes on campus. Please check the forecast and dress for the weather.

Dormitory closing

Campus dormitories will close for graduates at 5 pm on Commencement Sunday. Please remove all personal items from your graduate's room. Anything left behind will be donated to charity or to the NMH Ecoleaders' fall tag sale.

Shipping and storage

Summer storage may be available at local facilities such as Bernardston Self Storage (413-648-5393). You also may obtain permission to ship directly to the college your graduate will attend in the fall. The campus UPS store will be open only during weekdays and closed Sunday, May 26, so encourage your graduate to pack and ship belongings before Commencement weekend. More information about the campus UPS store, including it's offerings and schedule, can be found here.

Graduation gift ideas

  • Lift Thine Eyes: The Landscape, the Buildings, the Heritage of Northfield Mount Hermon School (2010). Available in the NMH Bookstore on Sunday, May 26. Hardcover books, $50; soft cover, $37.50. To order online, click here or call 413-498-3411.
  • You may wish to purchase a congratulatory postcard and rose to honor your graduate. Cards and flowers will be received the morning of Commencement, before the ceremony. You can also purchase cards to thank faculty and staff who have played an important role during your student's time at NMH. Orders are due by May 11. Please follow this link for commencement rose and card details.