Class of 2017 will say good-bye June 24

Approximately 338 seniors are expected to receive high school diplomas on Saturday, June 24, during the 59th annual Wilton High School Graduation Exercises.

Before the graduation ceremony commences at 5 p.m., seniors are expected to report to the Clune Center auditorium at 4:15.

Students are welcome to bring an unlimited number of guests to the outdoor ceremony, which will face the north end of the Fujitani Field at Memorial Stadium.

Seating will be available on both the west and east bleachers and handicapped access will be provided via golf carts, south of Memorial Stadium. There will also be “easy access” seating behind the graduating seniors on the field, as well as wheelchair access on the track.

In a May 31 letter to seniors and families, Principal Robert O’Donnell noted that this will be the first year graduation takes place on the new synthetic turf field, which means students and attendees on the field may not wear high-heeled shoes. Flat-soled shoes and wedge heels, however, are fine.

From the high school, the graduating seniors will proceed into the stadium in pairings of their choice. Photographers will be available to take pictures of students as they receive their diplomas and walk through a gateway designed for photographs.

There will be a recessional of faculty and students to the Whitten Field at the end of the ceremony. Guests are asked to remain in the bleachers until all faculty and students have left the stadium. Families and guests can join students in the reception area once the recessional is done.

The use of things like beach balls, silly string and bubbles will not be allowed at any point during the ceremony.

Weather and rehearsal

In the event of inclement weather, the graduation ceremony will be moved to the Zeoli Field House with the reception following in the cafeteria. Under these circumstances, there will be an eight-ticket seating limit per family.

A final decision on movement to the Field House will be made by 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 24. Inclement weather announcements will be posted on the high school’s website,

Students can pick up graduation tickets from Sue Mangan in the guidance office through Friday, June 23.

Mandatory graduation rehearsal for students will take place Friday, June 23, at 1 p.m. in the Clune Center auditorium. The rehearsal is expected to last until 2:30, and caps and gowns will be distributed afterward.

To receive caps and gowns, students must meet all outstanding obligations, such as textbook replacement costs, rebinds, library and parking fines.

“I am extremely proud of the Class of 2017 and look forward to a dignified and respectful ceremony that honors the accomplishments of our outstanding seniors,” said O’Donnell, who thanked the following members of this year’s graduation committee:

  • Seniors Brooke Amodei, Emma Braten, Isabelle Ellenthal, Pippa Gosden, Lynn Huffard, Perry Seelert, Jackson Walker and Stephanie Xie.

  • Donald Schels, associate principal.

  • Nicholas Loafman, band director.

  • Jose Figueroa and Rudy Angel, custodial coordinators.

  • Jean Brey and Kristina Harvey, senior class advisers.

  • Kathleen Kessler, executive secretary.

  • Savet Constantine, PTSA president.