Prize Day

Helpful Hints about Prize Day Weekend

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  • Reserve Lodging Early

    You’ll find many Groton area lodging and dining options here
  • Send Invitations and Announcements

    You will receive invitations in the mail in mid-April. For guests unable to attend Prize Day, we will livestream the ceremony. The link will be available at
  • Photography

    A photographer will capture students receiving their diplomas and other photos throughout the day. A few days after Prize Day, you may download high-resolution photos from Groton School’s Flickr account
    The formal Prize Day form photograph will be available for purchase directly through Panfoto.
  • Prize Day Dress

    Traditional Prize Day dress includes white dresses, white pantsuits, or white shirts worn with white dress pants, navy blue blazers, and graduate ties. Sixth Formers who choose to wear the traditional boater hat may purchase one through the school store.

    The Friday before Prize Day, Sixth Formers will receive a gold Groton charm or a graduate tie.
  • Livestreaming

    A link to the Prize Day livestream will be available at The video also will be available afterward.
  • Packing to Move Out

    The Deans’ Office sends a detailed schedule to Sixth Formers for the week leading up to Prize Day. It specifically outlines all packing procedures and the time frame for that week. By Saturday at 1:00 p.m., all Sixth Form dorm rooms should be packed and will be checked by faculty.
  • Seating

    All guests are welcome for all Prize Day events. The Chapel service on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. is limited to 3 guests for each graduate (during this time, all other guests may take their seats under the tent).
  • Handicapped Seating

    Handicapped seating is available, and the campus is handicapped accessible. However, if you have specific concerns or would like more information, please contact Rita Lalli in the Headmaster’s Office.
  • Parking

    Building and Grounds staffers will help guide visitors to parking. If you have handicapped guests or specific concerns, please contact Rita Lalli in the Headmaster’s Office.


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  • Friday (optional)

    8:45 a.m. Sixth Formers pack and clean rooms  
    3:15 p.m. Senior recital, Schoolhouse, Gammons Concert Hall
    Parents are welcome to attend.

    6:30–10:00 p.m. 
    Unscheduled time, free for graduates and their families
  • Saturday

    5:30 p.m. Reception for the Sixth Form, their families, and faculty—Headmaster’s House
    This reception kicks off the Prize Day festivities.

    6:30 p.m. Form singing, awards, and announcement of form officers—Prize Day tent on the Circle 
    This event includes all Upper and Lower School students and faculty, as well as Sixth Formers and their families. Various awards will be announced, and Fifth Formers will serenade Sixth Formers in Groton’s traditional Form Singing.

    7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Dinner for the Sixth Form, their families, and faculty—Athletic Center 
  • Sunday

    7:00–10:00 a.m. Breakfast available in the Dining Hall for all guests

    8:30 a.m. Sixth Formers pick up rosettes—in front of the Chapel 

    8:50 a.m. Sixth Form photo (in Prize Day dress)—Chapel Garth
    A form photo will be taken by Panfoto. To purchase this photo, visit Panfoto’s website.

    10:00 a.m. Prize Day Chapel service for Sixth Formers and their immediate families (each graduate may invite three guests)—Chapel
    Other guests should find seating under the tent in preparation for Prize Day Exercises.

    10:30 a.m. Prize Day Exercises—Prize Day tent on the Circle (unlimited seating for families and guests)

    12:30 p.m. Lunch for Sixth Formers and their families—Athletic Center

    1:30 p.m. Handshaking on the Circle
    A Groton tradition! Faculty line up along the path in front of the Chapel to shake hands with Sixth Formers, who then line up to receive handshakes and congratulations from the Second through Fifth Forms. In years past, handshaking has lasted up to several hours. Although this may seem long, it is a very special, unique, and memorable part of Prize Day.
Questions? Please contact Kimberly A. Gerighty, Director of Parent Programs, at or 978-448-7622.