Class of 2018
The graduation ceremony for the class of 2018 will be held outdoors in the Wandke Amphitheater on the Pebble Beach Campus on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. A reception hosted by Stevenson School will follow the ceremony for graduates, families, guests, and faculty members.
Graduation Announcement and Invitation Ordering Information
Please view the column to the right for further details and ordering information.
Graduation Week Events
A complete printable schedule of events for Graduation Week is posted here.
Live Stream of Graduation Ceremony
We are excited to offer a live video stream over the Internet of the commencement ceremony for our Stevenson friends and family members who cannot attend the event in person. The event broadcast will start shortly before the ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
You will be able to click here to view the live stream shortly before the event.
Commencement Speaker 2018
We are pleased to announce that Catherine Stihler, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Scotland and formerly the Rector of the University of St. Andrews, will deliver the address at Stevenson School's 65th commencement exercises on May 27 in Wandke Amphitheater. Born in Bellshill, Ms. Stihler attended the University of St. Andrews, where she was awarded an MA (Honors) Geography and International Relations and an MLitt in International Security Studies. In 2013 she gained an MBA from the Open University. In 2014, she was named the 52nd Rector of the University of St. Andrews and was the first person in 116 years to hold the position while serving as an elected public official. Notably, she is still only the second woman to be named to this post.
In 1999, Ms. Stihler was elected as the youngest British MEP and has been recognized as an ambassador for accessibility, consumer rights, and citizen rights. Currently Vice Chair of the Internal Market Committee, she works on digital policy, leading on copyright reform, digital skills, data protection, and privacy. She led the campaign for bolder anti-smoking messages on cigarette packs, promoting Scotland's anti-smoking legislation as a role model for the EU. She was also instrumental in helping to place Braille on pharmaceutical products and securing new EU-wide rules that make construction products safer.
Upper Division Graduation Week Schedule – 2018
Thursday, May 24
Community Honors and Awards Day
This day celebrates a Stevenson tradition honoring outstanding students and faculty. Dress for the day is formal. Collared shirts with pants are appropriate, as are dresses, skirts or the equivalent. No denim, sweatshirts or athletic clothing, please.
8:50 a.m. Advisee Meetings (Grades 9-12)
9:00 a.m. Student Council Awards – Keck Auditorium
(Students and faculty)
9:30 a.m. Community Honors Assembly – Wandke Amphitheater
(Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.)
Assembly starts with Senior Class Procession. Students sit by class. Students and faculty will be seated in the front of the Amphitheater and attending parents should sit behind the students and faculty.
11:00 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Advisee Meetings (Grades 9-12)
12:00 p.m. Class Barbecues / Lunch (Grades 9-12)
- Grade 12 – Pirate Pool
- Grade 11 – Reid Hall Patio
- Grade 10 – Wilson Field near Barrows Hall
- Grade 9 – Wilson Field near Treasure Island
Parent volunteers are needed and welcome to attend. Yearbooks are distributed at the class barbecues. Day students will need to bring a change of clothes for the barbeques. The gym locker rooms will be open for changing and day students may also go to a resident student friend’s room to change.
1:00 p.m. Faculty available for extra help sessions
1:00 p.m. Senior Activity (required) – Gym
1:30 p.m. Senior Meeting/Graduation (required) – Gym
2:00 p.m. Six Flags Magic Mountain – Seniors meet in Douglas Hall
The Grad Nite trip is another Stevenson senior tradition. The class travels by bus for an all-night amusement park celebration. The park is closed to the public but open to graduating seniors from high schools from all over the state. USA Student Travel’s requirements state, “Seniors should wear clean, untorn clothing without writing on it that covers them appropriately and includes closed-toed shoes they'd be willing to walk a few miles in. Magic Mountain does not allow students to bring in hats, backpacks, briefcases, hip packs, camera bags, tote bags, oversized purses, shoes with skate wheels, laser pointers, pocket knives, matches, lighters, food and beverages, cameras, or cell phones or pagers that are in cases, and medications except inhalers (a chaperone can carry certain medicines through the pat-down line for the seniors).” Students should bring money for snacks and souvenirs. The class returns in the early afternoon on Friday. Contact person: Mr. Andrew Czerny, senior class sponsor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 25
11:00 a.m. Seniors Return from Magic Mountain (return time is approximate)
11:30 a.m. Graduation Rehearsal #1 – Wandke Amphitheater
Rehearsal is mandatory for all seniors.
Saturday, May 26
3:30 p.m. Senior Class Panoramic Photo – Meet in Wandke Amphitheater
Dress for Senior Dinner (see below). Please notify Mr. Olson if you are unable to attend.
4:00 p.m. Graduation Rehearsal #2 – Wandke Amphitheater
Rehearsal is mandatory for all seniors. Dress for Senior Dinner (see below). Seniors are encouraged to wear the shoes they plan to wear the day of graduation. It will give them practice with the difficult and varied walking terrain (grass, stairs, cement, and gravel).
5:30 p.m. Senior Dinner – Reid Hall
All seniors are expected to attend the Senior Dinner. The senior class and faculty are treated to a special dinner in Reid Hall, followed by a presentation that includes a faculty speaker chosen by the class. This is a senior and faculty event only. Dress for the evening is formal: coat, tie and collared shirts with pants are appropriate, as are dresses, skirts with blouses, or the equivalent. No denim, sweatshirts or athletic clothing, please. Contact Mr. Olson or Mr. Czerny if you have any questions.
7:30 p.m. Baccalaureate – Erdman Memorial Chapel
Baccalaureate is a non-denominational farewell sermon in honor of the Senior Class. All seniors are required to attend. Immediate family members are welcome to attend; please note, seating is limited.
Sunday, May 27
12:00 p.m. Seniors Assemble – Ricklefs Library
All members of the Senior Class will meet in the Library at noon for final instructions from Mr. Olson. Caps and gowns (forest green) for all graduates should be picked up in the Ricklefs Library by noon and returned to Mr. O’Hara in the Library following the graduation ceremony and reception. Dress for the day is formal: white collared shirts with pants, dresses, skirts with blouses, or the equivalent and appropriate shoes. Stevenson ties will be provided as gifts to those who requested them.
12:15 p.m. Faculty Assemble – Wilson Hall
1:00 p.m. Graduation Ceremony – Wandke Amphitheater
Seating for graduation is on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be available beginning at 11:00 a.m. (No seats may be saved prior to 11:00 a.m.) Six seats are allocated per family. Please be respectful of other families. Ample additional seating is provided adjacent to the amphitheater. In the case of rain, graduation will be held in the gymnasium and students will commence in the Common Room of Silverado Residence Hall. The event will also be live streamed. Click here to view the live stream shortly before the event.
3:00 p.m. Graduation Reception – Pirate Pool & Pedestrian Plaza
All faculty, parents, friends, alumni, and graduates are invited to attend the celebratory reception for the graduating class immediately following the ceremony.
Guests will be treated to a selection of hors d'oerves, beverages, music, and more. Everyone is encouraged to stay and enjoy the special festivities.
6:00 p.m. Residence Halls close for Seniors
All senior resident students must be moved out of their rooms by 6 p.m.
We are working to support local small businesses in our community and have selected "The Quill" in Pacific Grove as our printer. You can order graduation announcements only or add an optional invitation to attend the graduation ceremony or a private party.
- Reserving Seats
- Parking and Shuttle Service
- Handicap Access and Parking
- Food and Refreshments
- Campus Store Special Hours
Seating will be on a first come, first served basis starting at 11 a.m. Families may hold up to six (6) seats in the amphitheater seating area. Overflow seating is available in the upper lawn seating area. (In past years, families interested in specific seat locations have arrived 1-2 hours in advance to be well-positioned when seating opens at 11 a.m.)
All guests are encouraged to be in their seats by 12:45 p.m. as Commencement exercises begin at 1:00 p.m. Photos must be taken from your seats, as standing in the aisles is discouraged.
Parking is available at several locations on or near campus. Transportation shuttles (via golf cart, van, or bus) will be provided for transportation to the ceremony from the following locations:
- Wilson Field parking area (located to the left of the main entrance next to the softball field)
- The Jeff and Beth Young Athletic Fields parking areas (on Viscaino Road)
- Lisbon Lane, Viscaino Road, and the Bristol Curve area
Restrooms are available in several locations near the graduation ceremony.
- Reid Dining Hall (to the right of Rosen Amphitheater as you face the stage)
- Rosen Center (handicap-accessible restroom located in the left rear corner of the main floor level)
- Douglas Hall (up the stairs behind the upper row of seats in Wandke Amphitheater)
As a courtesy to families arriving early, coffee, tea, water, and assorted muffins and danish will be available in the foyer of Reid Dining Hall adjacent to Wandke Amphitheater before the commencement ceremony.
A celebratory reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will follow the ceremony at the Pirate Pool & Pedestrian Plaza from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. We welcome you, your family, and your friends to share in this celebration.
The spring weather in Pebble Beach is unpredictable. The outdoor Wandke Amphitheater can be very warm on a sunny day or cool if the weather is breezy or foggy.
You can check the weather forecast for Pebble Beach, California, on your smart phone or at weather.com.