Commencement

Welcome to the Deerfield Academy Commencement Page!

This is where you find information about all things Commencement.

2021 Commencement Weekend:

Friday, May 28, 2021 – Sunday, May 30, 2021

More information coming soon!

Commencement 2020:

Deerfield Academy celebrated the Commencement of the Class of 2020 on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 10 am EDT through a special virtual event on Vimeo and YouTube. Our virtual celebration provided an opportunity to mark this important milestone in the lives of the graduating class with their families, friends and the entire school community.

Please enjoy the replay via Vimeo; Chinese, French, Korean, or Spanish subtitles or English Closed Captions are available.

Click on the links for the Commencement Program and Awards Program* PDFs.


*All awards listed except the Deerfield Cup and the Robert B. Crow Award which was announced during Commencement.


Processional
Mr. Eric Goodchild, Bagpiper

Invocation
Dr. Daniel Houston, Interim Dean of Spiritual and Ethical Life

Welcome from President of the Board of Trustees
Mr. Brian Simmons P’12, ’14

Welcome and Remarks from Head of School
Dr. John P.N. Austin

Senior Addresses
Kareena Bhakta and Nicholas James Fluty

Presentation of Commencement Prizes
The Deerfield Cup
The Robert Crow Award

Introduction of the Keynote Speaker
Ms. Amie Creagh, Assistant Head of School for Student Life

Keynote Address
Hannah Pittard ’97
Novelist and Professor, University of Kentucky

Remarks from President of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association
Vanessa Lavely ’00

Presentation of the Class of 2020
Dr. Ivory Hills, Academic Dean

Deerfield Evensong
Words by Richard Warren Hatch, Music by Ralph Herrick Oatley

Benediction
Dr. Daniel Houston, Interim Dean of Spiritual and Ethical Life

Please find transcripts of the speeches below:

Welcome from President of the Board of Trustees
Mr. Brian Simmons P’12, ’14
Welcome and Remarks from Head of School
Dr. John P.N. Austin
Senior Addresses
Kareena Bhakta and Nicholas James Fluty
Keynote Address: Hannah Pittard ’97
Novelist and Professor, University of Kentucky
  • I didn’t get my diploma (or my diploma arrived damaged). Who do I contact?
    If your diploma did not arrive or you need a replacement, please contact the Manager of Student Information Systems, Erin Donnally Drake (edonnallydrake@deerfield.edu). 
  • How can family and friends watch the ceremony?
    The ceremony is available on Vimeo.
  • Will the ceremony be accessible or simulcast in other languages?
    Closed captions and subtitled translations of the ceremony are available on Vimeo. Viewers can select their language preference on that page: Chinese, French, Korean, or Spanish subtitles or English Closed Captions.
  • How will seniors learn about Latin honors, academic awards and other distinctions?
    The 2020 Commencement Program and Awards Program lists this information excluding the Deerfield Cup and Robert B. Crow Award which was announced during the Commencement broadcast. An electronic version of these programs can be found above.
  • Will the ceremony be available for later viewing?
    Yes, it is be available on both Vimeo and YouTube.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Deerfield Parents Network does not have a formal office. The network of parents, staff, and volunteers spans the globe.

Sending an email to dpn@deerfield.edu is a good first point of contact for general inquiries. We’ll help you get in touch with members to answer your questions or help you to get involved.

Important student dates can be found on the students bulletin calendar.

Contact the Deerfield Parents Network

Julia Flannery
Director of Parent Engagement
jflannery@deerfield.edu
413-774-1593