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Class of 2024 Graduation Update - May 6, 2024

Posted Date: 5/06/24 (11:51 AM)

May 6, 2024

Dear seniors and families,

I am pleased to share additional details for this year’s graduation.  As you know, the 66th annual Wilton High School Graduation ceremony for the Class of 2024 is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 1:00 pm at Memorial Stadium (in the Field House at 1:00 pm if there is inclement weather).  

I am grateful to the following individuals who joined me in serving on the Class of 2024 Graduation Committee over the course of the last three months:

Quin Silva - Student Body President; Sayuki Layne - Student Body Vice President; Shawn Gregory - Class of 2024 President; Illeas Paschalidis - Class of 2024 Vice President; Tyler Tang - Class of 2024 Secretary; Aadi Vohra - Class of 2024 Treasurer; Caroline Luce - Appointed Officer of the Executive Board; Dr. Amy Korn - Assistant Principal and Senior Class Principal; Mrs. Kristina Soderholm - Senior Class Advisor; Mrs. Jean Brey and Dr. Kristina Harvey - Student Government Advisors; Mr. Jose Figueroa - District Facilities Coordinator; Mr. Michael Criscuolo - WHS Plant Manager; Ms. Anjelica Jara, Mr. Malcolm Karlan, Mr. Will Mandelbaum, Mr. Niall Reynolds, and Mr. Troy Williams - Music; Ms. Kathleen Kessler  - Executive Secretary; Ms. Sue Robins - PTSA President; Ms. Kim Dexter, Ms. Lara Paschalidis, and Ms. Olga Zargos - PTSA Graduation Volunteer Team.

Important Details for the Class of 2024’s Graduation Ceremony:

  • Students are expected to report to the Clune Auditorium 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.  

  • The ceremony will be live-streamed online for those who are unable to attend in person.  A link will be shared prior to June 15 and will also be posted on the WHS website.

  • Please be aware that the graduation ceremony will face the north end of Fujitani Field at Memorial Stadium (click here to view a map).  Ample seating will be available on both the west and east bleachers.  As a reminder, reservation of seats in advance by placing towels, blankets or other items on seats will not be allowed and seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.  

  • Handicapped access onto Fujitani Field will be provided via golf carts in the south lot of Memorial Stadium (between Whitten Field and the softball field) and at the end of the Cider Mill parking lot next to the concession stand (click here for a map). Disabled guests can be driven in a golf cart directly onto the field and will be able to sit in the easy access seating area behind the graduating students. The golf carts will run continuously from 12-1 pm to and from the field, and will run again after the ceremony.  There are also paved paths for wheelchair access onto the track.  If you have a special request for a disabled family member please complete this google form.  

  • As a committee, we have decided that it is important to maintain an atmosphere of dignity and respect during the ceremony.  Students are asked to dress appropriately for the ceremony. We have agreed that it is inappropriate for students to engage in any distracting behaviors during all aspects of the ceremony.  As audience members, we appreciate your support in helping to bring this spirit of decorum to the ceremony, while maintaining a celebratory atmosphere.  Students will process from the high school and proceed into Memorial Stadium in pairings of their choice.  Administration and student leadership will ensure that all students will have somebody with whom they will process.

  • Photographers will take pictures of students as they receive their diploma and as they walk through a gateway designed for photographs.  Parents will not be allowed to walk on the field during the ceremony in an effort to take their own photographs.  

  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, we have a clear expectation that ALL attendees remain in the bleachers until all faculty and students have left the stadium.  Once the recessional is completed, families and guests can join students in the reception area.  Graduates should pick up their diploma at this time at the designated pick-up area on the field. 

  • In the event that the ceremony has to be held in the field house, each student will be able to have up to five guests attend, as per fire department capacity restrictions.  Each guest will need to show a ticket upon entry.  Tickets will be available for pickup in Mrs. Palmer’s office in the School Counseling hallway starting the week of May 27.  The number of guests in the stadium will be unlimited.  

  • Mandatory graduation rehearsal for students will take place on Friday, June 14 at 1:00 pm beginning in the Clune Auditorium.  We anticipate that rehearsal will be completed by 2:30 pm.  Caps and gowns will be distributed in the cafeteria immediately following the rehearsal.  Please know that all outstanding senior obligations (returning textbooks, library books, and chromebooks, and paying all owed fees/fines) must be met in order for students to receive their caps and gowns.  Letters notifying students and parents of outstanding obligations will be emailed later in the month.

Here is information on other end of year events for seniors:

  • Senior Interest Project: begins Monday, May 20.  Seniors should be on the lookout for emails from project advisor Mr. Durkee.

  • Academic & Community Awards Ceremony: Monday, May 20 at 9:20 am in the Field House.  Parents/guardians of award recipients will receive an invitation to the ceremony.

  • Fine and Performing Arts Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 pm in the Little Theater.  More information will come directly from the FAPA department.

  • Senior Prom: Saturday, June 1 from 7-10 pm at Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk.  

  • Athletic Awards Ceremony: Monday, June 10.  More information will come directly from the Athletics department.

  • Senior Picnic and Yearbook Distribution: Thursday, June 13 at 12:30 pm in the senior lot.  A student-organized Field Day will take place that morning on Lilly Field beginning at approximately 10:30 am.

It is important to extend my appreciation to all of the many staff, students, and parents who are contributing to these end of year events for our seniors.  This has truly been a collective team effort as we ensure that our seniors will be able to cherish these experiences. We are all extremely proud of the Class of 2024 and wish them an outstanding culmination of their Wilton High School careers. 


Robert William O’Donnell, Ed.D