On Sunday, August 2, members of the Class of 2020 graduated during Fairfield Prep's 78th Commencement. For the first time in Prep's history, the commencement ceremony was held in the Pelletier Quad with students spaced out with six feet of distance to keep with proper health guidelines.
The 170 graduates were divided in two groups of approximately 85, with complete, carefully orchestrated ceremonies conducted for each session at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Following featured speakers, each graduate was called to a stage near Loyola Drive at the outer edge of the Quad where outgoing Prep President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., awarded each graduate his diploma in front of both his classmates and his family who drove by to witness the conferral. Each full ceremony was livestreamed so that family members — stationed in their cars in the Alumni Hall parking lot — could watch remotely.
This year's graduates will matriculate to a number of prestigious colleges and universities, among them University of Notre Dame, Tufts University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Boston College.
Class of 2020 Photos
Here's how to access photos from graduation
- View and purchase photos of students receiving their diplomas, as well as additional candids on the Robert Taylor Photography website.
- Additional photos are available on the Fairfield Prep website.
- You can also visit our Flickr page to download high resolution versions of the photos.
View a video of the conferral of diplomas and speech highlights on our YouTube page.
Here are some cinematic highlights from the graduation, courtesy of production company Harbor Oak Media.
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