Lawrenceville Graduation

Year-End Events

Celebrating the Class of 2023

Pinning Ceremony

SUNDAY, May 14, 2023

5:15 p.m.
Kirby Arts Center

The Lawrenceville Alumni Association will welcome its newest members – the Class of 2023 – at the Induction and Pinning Ceremony. The Fifth Form will hear from the Alumni Association Executive Leadership. Fifth Formers will be pinned with a black and red rosette by either an alum or a member of the faculty or staff who was formative in their Lawrenceville experience. The ceremony will be followed by the Fifth Form Dinner. This event symbolizes the transition for Lawrentians from students to alumni.

Pinning Ceremony


Fifth Form Dinner

Fifth Form Dinner

Sunday, May 14, 2023

6 p.m.
Abbott Dining Hall

The Fifth Form will come together as a class to enjoy dinner as they celebrate their welcome into the Lawrenceville Alumni Association.




Thursday, May 25, 2023

An evening of dinner and dancing for our Fifth Form students.

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Kirby Arts Center

Parents are invited to photograph their students as they arrive for Prom and to attend a small reception as they depart campus. The reception will be hosted from 6:45 - 8 p.m. on the Abbott Dining Hall patio.

A live stream of pre-prom will be available.

6:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Hoboken, NJ

Fifth Form students and their guests only.




Fifth Form Prize Ceremony and Baccalaureate

Saturday, May 27, 2023
All-School Prize Ceremony

Fifth Form Prize Ceremony
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
The Bowl

The School honors select Fifth Formers for distinguished excellence in academics, athletics, leadership, service, and other areas of School life. A reception in the Kirby Art Center lobby will follow from 3:30-4:40 p.m.

Fifth Form students and their guests are welcome. A live stream will be available in KAC. 



5 - 6 p.m.
Edith Memorial Chapel

At Baccalaureate ("crowns with laurels"), Lawrenceville celebrates Fifth Formers for the many ways they have shaped the School community. Traditionally a religious service, there are readings and prayers from various faith traditions. The Head of School addresses the graduating class and The Lawrentians (Lawrenceville's select choir) sing "Omnia Sol" to complete the ceremony.

Fifth Form students only. Families can view a live stream in Kirby Arts Center or online. 

Buffet Dinner
6 - 7 p.m.
Abbott Dining Hall

Fifth Form students, their guests, and faculty are welcome.

Graduation Rose

Rose Ceremony
9 - 9:30 a.m.
Kirby Math and Science Center Patio

Immediately prior to Commencement, each member of the graduating class receives a rose from their Fifth Form, Circle, or Crescent Head of House. This is a special moment for faculty and students to show their appreciation for each other before beginning Commencement ceremonies.

Fifth Form students only. Professional photos will be shared.


Commencement Procession

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The Bowl

The Lawrenceville School will celebrate the Class of 2023 during its 213th Commencement. Lawrentians return to the area on campus where most began their Lawrenceville careers - the Bowl - to receive their diplomas from Head of School Steve Murray and congratulations from Jonathan G. Weiss '75, president of the School's Board of Trustees. Two of Lawrenceville's highest honors are awarded: The Edward Sutliffe Brainard Prize (is given annually by the faculty to the Fifth Form student whom the faculty holds in the highest esteem) and The Trustees' Cup (awarded annually by the Head of School on behalf of the Board of Trustees to that student who has most influenced the School for good). Commencement is also the time when students hear from their Class Valedictorian, who addresses the graduates, their families, and friends.

Fifth Form students, their guests (up to 12 guests per student), faculty, staff, and Underformers are welcome. A live stream will also be available in the Kirby Arts Center and online. 

Commencement Lunch
12 p.m.
The Grove

Fifth Form students, their guests, and faculty are welcome.