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Graduation 2018

Upper Division (Grade 12)

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 need to create a username and password or connect via Facebook in order to access the website, so we suggest that you set up your connection early so you don't miss the beginning of the ceremony. You will be able to click here to view the live stream shortly before the event.

Commencement Speaker 2018

To be announced.

Graduation Week Events

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.

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

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. Information about individual photographs of each graduate, panoramic class photo, and video of graduation will be posted on our website prior to graduation at

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.

Middle Division (Grade 8)

On Friday, June 1, 2018, our Grade 8 class will graduate from the Middle Division and progress to the next phase of their education. The ceremony through which we celebrate this ascension is a significant rite of passage that prompts students to reflect on their journey thus far and look ahead at the opportunities to come.

The graduation ceremony will be held in Erdman Memorial Chapel on the Pebble Beach Campus at 10:00 a.m., followed by a reception on the chapel deck for graduates, families, guests, and faculty.

The Commencement Speaker for 2018 will be announced prior to the date.

Grade 8 Graduation Week Events

Monday, May 28, 2018

Carmel Campus Closed

No classes (Grades PK-8)

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29-30
Grade 8 Camping Trip

Departs May 30 8:30 a.m.
Returns May 31 at 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3
Grade 8 Dinner

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Pebble Beach Campus, Rosen Family Student Center Stage

Graduation Rehearsal

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Pebble Beach Campus, Erdman Memorial Chapel

Thursday, June 1
All School Olympics

8:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Pebble Beach Campus, Alumni Field (baseball field)

Grade 8 Goodbye Celebration/Assembly

1:00 p.m.
Carmel Campus
(Parents are welcome to attend)

Graduation Dance

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Pebble Beach Campus, Rosen Family Student Center Stage

Friday, June 2
Graduates Arrive

9:15 a.m.
Pebble Beach Campus, Douglas Hall

Graduation Ceremony

10:00 a.m.
Pebble Beach Campus, Erdman Memorial Chapel

Announcements & Invitations

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.

Sample announcement & invitation
Invitation order form
Announcement order form

Orders should be placed as soon as possible for delivery in advance of graduation.

Questions can be directed to:
"The Quill"
Julie Ostarello

Commencement 2018 Photos & Videos

As a gift from Stevenson to your family, we will be sending you copies of your graduate's commencement photo.

The Class of 2018 panoramic photo can be ordered by clicking here.

To view photos from last year's commencement ceremony please click here.

Important Information

Reserving Seats

Families may reserve seats after 11:00 a.m. on the morning of the graduation ceremony.

Each family may reserve a maximum of 6 seats in the main seating area.

Overflow seating is available in the chairs on the lawn to the left of the amphitheater.

Parking and Shuttle Service

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

Handicap Access and Parking

If you require any special arrangements at the ceremony, such as wheelchair access or handicap parking, please contact Michelle Boatman at or 831-625-8397.


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)

Food and Refreshments

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.

Campus Store Special Hours

The Campus Store in the Rosen Family Student Center will be open special hours before graduation for last minute gifts for your graduate or for Stevenson logo mementos.

Sunday, May 20, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


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


Saturday, May 26, 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.

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