Commencement 2019

Grad Ad 2019

Commencement for the Class of 2019 will be held on June 1, 2019, at 10:00am on Dalling Field. 

But until then, there are a number of activities and events all year round that celebrate our seniors and their accomplishments! We hope you can join us for any or all of these events! 


Travel Advisory: May 31-June 2

Dear Families & Friends: during the first weekend in June, a bridge over I-95 in Stamford will be replaced and all traffic will be diverted onto surface streets. The State Police are advising drivers avoid the area. We expect drivers will divert to the Merritt and Hutchinson River parkways, making those roads heavier than usual. Be sure to plan for extra travel time. 


CLASS DAY: May 30, 2019

Class Day will be held on May 30, 2019, beginning with a Senior Parent Breakfast at 7:30am. 

Senior Parents are invited to kick off graduation at a special breakfast in St Joe's Student Commons & Courtyard. Join us for a delicious breakfast - just for you - as we prepare to celebrate your graduate at the first of three graduation ceremonies!

The Class Day assembly will begin at 8:30am. (Seniors arrive no later than 7:55am for Homeroom)

Parents are encouraged to attend and join the graduates in the gymnasium. Class Day is a St Joe's tradition that gathers the entire school to celebrate our Seniors. Academic awards and scholarships are also announced!  

All seniors are required to attend in their academic gowns, but no caps. The entire faculty and student body will also attend the assembly. 



Baccalaureate Mass will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7:30pm at St Theresa Church (5301 Main Street, Trumbull). 

Family and friends are invited and strongly encouraged to attend the 2nd of three SJ Graduation Ceremonies!  St Joe's Baccalaureate Mass is offered in thanksgiving for the blessings God has bestowed upon our graduates and their families. Memorial Scholarships are also awarded. 

  • Seniors should report to the church hall (behind the church) no later than 6:45PM wearing their gowns but no caps. 
  • All seniors are required to attend. 
  • Parking in the rear of the church is encouraged.
  • All alumni parents and their seniors will be acknowledged by name at the end of the Mass. 



Commencement will be held on Saturday, June 1 at 10:00AM.

Seniors are required to attend and should arrive no later than 9:00am to homeroom in their academic gowns and caps.  No adornments of any kind are allowed on caps or gowns. 

Ample seating is available on St Joe's bleachers. Should you wish to sit on the field, you must provide your own seating on the field behind the graduates.

Weather permitting, Commencement will take place on St Joe's Dalling Field and seating is unlimited. For those in need of an indoor, air-conditioned venue, we will provide a live-stream of the event in our auditorium. 

In the event of inclement weather, you will be notified through our phone notification system. If held indoors, Commencement will take place in our gymnasium and each graduate will be limited to 4 guests. Overflow seating will be available in the auditorium and classrooms, where the event will be live-streamed. 


Additional Senior Activities

Friday, May 10

  • No Classes for Seniors. 
  • Senior Prom - 6:00pm - 11:00pm
    • The Waterview (215 Roosevelt Drive, Monroe, CT 06468) 
  • Post Prom - 11:30pm - 2:30am
    • Sports Center (784 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484)

Friday, May 17

  • Senior Outing - 12:30pm - 9:30pm
    • Six Flags Amusement Park

Wednesday, May 22

  • Last Bell Assembly, Alumni Induction, and Yearbook Distribution
    • Auditorium, 1:00pm
    • Parents: Join us as we stream Last Bell on facebook live! 

Thursday, May 23 - Friday, May 24

  • No Classes for Seniors

Tuesday, May 28 & Wednesday, May 29

  • Mandatory Graduation Practices - 7:55am-10:30am

Friday, May 31

  • Mandatory Graduation Practice - 10:00am
  • Barbecue on Campus - 10:45am-1:00pm

Important Information on Attendance, Dress Code, and Behavior


  • Attendance is required at all graduation practices, Class Day, Baccalaureate Mass, and Commencement.

Behavior / Decorum at all events: 

  • The St Joseph High School diploma is not exclusively an indication of the successful completion of academic requirements.  Since we educate the whole person, we expect and require each student to exhibit, by his or her own behavior, an appreciation for and acceptance of the values and ideals on which the school was founded and which we continue to teach, as a prerequisite for the awarding of a St Joseph High School diploma.  We expect our students to conduct themselves with characteristic poise and class.

Graduation Practices Are Mandatory

  •  Appropriate casual dress for practice is allowed. On May 28 and May 29, students report to the gym at 7:55am.  The final practice is on May 31, please report directly to the gym at 10:00am.  These days are considered days of school and all school attendance policies apply.

Dress Code

  • It is required that seniors adhere to the grooming and dress code regulations of St Joseph High School.  Even though the special events require that academic gowns to be worn, boys are to be clean-shaven and appropriately dressed: shirt and tie, slacks, dress shoes (no sandals/sneakers), no earrings.  Girls are expected to wear dresses, skirts (of modest length) or pants, and dress shoes, business attire.  No shorts are permitted. NO ADORNMENTS OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED ON CAPS OR GOWNS.



Video & Photography

During Homecoming, Class Day, and Baccalaureate Mass:

Parents are more than welcome to take photos during each of our events. 

In addition, St Joseph High School takes photos during each event and places them on our SmugMug page for your viewing. You are free to save images off of our SmugMug page. 

During Commencement: 

  • Photography at Commencement
    • For the safety of our graduates, families are not allowed to be up close to the stage to take photographs. 
    • We will have an in-house photographer taking photographs during the event of your student. Those photos will be available to view on SJ's SmugMug page. 
  • Live Stream of Commencement
    • St Joe's Commencement will be Live Streamed for those who are unable to attend the graduation ceremony. As the date nears, we will send a link via email.

Commencement DVDs: 

  • Commencement DVDs 2019

    You can now pre-order your commencement DVD! GoNation Pictures will offer a compilation DVD of all commencement activities for $45 -- this includes Baccalaureate Mass, Class Day, Graduation, and a 5-minute recap!

    You may pre-order the DVD at or purchase one during graduation.


Yearbook Distribution 

Yearbooks are included as part of students' graduation fee . They will be distributed on May 22 at the Last Bell Assembly. 


Cap & Gown Distribution 

Cap and Gown distribution takes place during Graduation practice.



Senior Mass & Homecoming Assembly: October, 2018

The 2018 Senior Mass & Homecoming Assembly took place on Friday, October 19 at 12:30pm.

Our first senior-focused event of the year!   

During the day,  Seniors gathered in the Auditorium for Mass, followed by a special lunch in the gym.

At 12:30pm, parents were welcome to join us as our seniors processed by Senior Homerooms.


  • Seniors are asked to wear business attire; a suit, or jacket and tie for the gentlemen and an appropriate outfit for the ladies, slacks, skirts, or dresses. Attire is not evening attire and must be modest in length for our young ladies.
  • This year, we encouraged all seniors to incorporate some "pink" into their attire.  This was in support of "GIT" your Pink on day at SJ on 10/19 to raise funds for breast health education.


Watch Dr Walsh's speech to our Seniors at the Homecoming Assembly! 


2018 Commencement