Commencement

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Required commencement rehearsal begins promptly at 10 a.m. in the Lewis Family Auditorium. All seniors must participate in this rehearsal. Tickets to the commencement ceremony are given to the students at this rehearsal. Please see Tickets for Commencement information on this page.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

7:45 - 9:25 a.m. Required commencement rehearsal begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. in the Lewis Family Auditorium. We ask each senior to please wear or bring a T-shirt or sweatshirt with his/her destination college so we can take a fun group photo. All seniors must participate in this rehearsal. It will be followed at 9:25 a.m. by the yearbook dedication assembly.

Friday, May 24, 2019

8 a.m. Seniors assemble for commencement in the Upper School Rehearsal Hall.

9:15 a.m. Doors to the auditorium open for ticketed guests only. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see Tickets for Commencement information on this page.

10 a.m. The ceremony starts promptly at 10 a.m. and concludes at approximately 12 p.m. 

12 p.m. Reception in the Quad

List of 8 items.

  • Invitations

    By late April, each senior receives a box containing four graduation invitations and 20 announcements. Additional announcements and invitations are available should there be a need for more.

  • Special-Needs Seating

    Should one of your guests need special assistance with seating such as wheelchair accessibility, contact Erika Valdes via email or at 305 460 8818.

  • Tickets for Commencement

    Due to limited seating available in the auditorium, the families of each senior receive four tickets to the commencement ceremony. These tickets are given to the students on the first day of rehearsal, Wednesday, May 22.

    Families may share unneeded tickets with others, or return them to the office of the Head of the Upper School. Returned tickets are used to accommodate those in need of additional tickets.

    Families desiring more than four tickets may place their names on a waiting list in the Head of the Upper School’s office. Those requests are honored, if possible, as unneeded tickets become available. Please contact Mrs. Gonzalez via email  or at 305 460 8855 to be placed on the waiting list for additional tickets.

    Ransom Everglades live streams the commencement so that those without tickets or who cannot attend may watch the celebration here.
  • Attire for Seniors

    Students must wear a dark-colored suit, white dress shirt, tie and dress shoes, or, in the tradition of the Everglades School for Girls, a white or off-white dress, suit or pant suit of a modest style, pattern and material, and dress shoes. Attire must cover the shoulders and extend at least to the knee.

    To ensure that all graduates are dressed in a manner that is consistent with the prescriptions above, all graduation attire must be approved by Ms. Danielson by Friday, May 10. Students must email Ms. Danielson photos showing front, back and sides of the attire to be worn at Commencement. Please contact Ms. Danielson via email or at 305 460 8803 with questions about commencement attire.

  • Commencement Rehearsals

    Commencement rehearsals take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 and from 8 to 9:25 a.m. on Thursday, May 23 in the Lewis Family Auditorium. All seniors must participate in these rehearsals.

  • Parking

    There is no parking available to seniors on campus. Seniors should make arrangements to be dropped off at school by 8 a.m., or they will miss the senior photo.

    We are able to offer only one parking spot to each senior's family on our Upper School campus because of the STEM Center construction. Please know that all faculty and staff are parking off campus in order to ensure priority for senior families. Because of the limited parking, we strongly urge friends and family to carpool or use ride-sharing services.

    A limited number of pre-paid parking spots will be available at these locations:

    • Cocowalk parking garage; 3015 Grand Avenue
    • Parking lot across from the post office; 3140 Grand Avenue
    • Ransom Everglades Middle School

    Shuttles will run from those locations beginning at 7 a.m. (the Middle School shuttle will operate beginning at 6 a.m.).

    Guests may also pay for their own street parking or garage parking in Coconut Grove.

  • Photographs

    The school has retained a photographer to take a class photo as well as individual photographs of each senior on stage with his/her diploma. Our hope is that our families will sit back and enjoy the ceremony. We will make all of the photographs available via the school photo galleries on the RE website.
  • Live Stream

    Ransom Everglades live streams the commencement so that those who cannot attend may watch the celebration here.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Do I need tickets to attend commencement?

    Yes, tickets are needed for the comencement ceremony in the Lewis Family Auditorium.

    Due to limited seating available in the auditorium, the families of each senior receive four tickets to the commencement ceremony. These tickets are given to the students on the first day of rehearsal, Wednesday, May 22. 

    Families may share unneeded tickets with others, or return them to the office of the Head of the Upper School. Returned tickets are used to accommodate those in need of additional tickets.

    Families desiring more than four tickets may place their names on a waiting list in the Head of the Upper School’s office. Those requests are honored, if possible, as unneeded tickets become available. Please contact Mrs. Gonzalez via email  or at 305 460 8855 to be placed on the waiting list for additional tickets.

    Ransom Everglades live streams the commencement so that those without tickets or who cannot attend may watch the celebration here.

  • Q. What options do we have if we do not have enough tickets for all guests to attend commencement?

    • Families may share unneeded tickets with others, or return them to the office of the Head of the Upper School. Returned tickets are used to accommodate those in need of additional tickets.

    • Families may place their names on a waiting list in the Head of the Upper School’s office. Those requests are honored, if possible, as unneeded tickets become available. Please contact Mrs. Gonzalez via email  or at 305 460 8855 to be placed on the waiting list for additional tickets.

    • Ransom Everglades live streams the commencement so that those without tickets or who cannot attend may watch the celebration here.
  • Q. Is there parking on campus for seniors the day of commencement?

    There is no parking available to seniors on campus. Seniors should make arrangements to be dropped off at school by 8 a.m., or they will miss the senior photo.
  • Q. Where do family and friends of the seniors park for commencement?

    We are able to offer only one parking spot to each senior's family on our Upper School campus because of the STEM Center construction. Please know that all faculty and staff are parking off campus in order to ensure priority for senior families. Because of the limited parking, we strongly urge friends and family to carpool or use ride-sharing services.

    A limited number of pre-paid parking spots will be available at these locations:

    • Cocowalk parking garage; 3015 Grand Avenue
    • Parking lot across from the post office; 3140 Grand Avenue
    • Ransom Everglades Middle School

    Shuttles will run from those locations beginning at 7 a.m. (the Middle School shuttle will operate beginning at 6 a.m.).

    Guests may also pay for their own street parking or garage parking in Coconut Grove.

  • Q. What if it rains?

    In the event of a downpour, we will open the Lewis Family Auditorium as early as 8 a.m. to ensure that our guests and families have shelter from the rain. If the weather is clear, doors will open as planned at 9:15 a.m. We will have rain ponchos on hand, but please bring rain gear and umbrellas.

Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.