We look forward to welcoming you to Cushing's 144th Commencement, which culminates with the Graduation Exercises on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

Follow this link for information on our keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Huddleston, President Emeritus of the University of New Hampshire.
Friends and family members unable to join us on campus will have the opportunity to watch our live webcast of Friday's Awards Ceremony and Saturday's Graduation Exercises at

Graduation invitations have been mailed to parents, including each family's tickets for two reserved seats in the special parent seating in the front. Each senior will receive ten additional invitations for guests and may request more invitations if needed. There will be ample seating under the tent for all guests, and no tickets are required for general seating. 

Below is a summary of information about the weekend. We will post additional details as we get closer to the event. (To view the complete list of all Cushing events for the remainder of the academic year, please click here.)

Friday, May 24
  • 3:30 pm: Awards Ceremony. (Tent on Drew Common) Most department and academic awards—excluding valedictorian, salutatorian, and a few community and academic awards—will be presented at this afternoon ceremony. All parents and guests are welcome to attend. If your son or daughter will be receiving an award, you will be notified in advance by the Academic Office. If you are unable to attend, you may join us via live webcast:
  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm: Graduation Dinner for the Class of 2019 and Parents. Each student may bring two guests (parents or other guests). Limited tickets for additional guests will be available as space permits. You will receive an electronic invitation and reply form in early April to let us know your attendance plans and to note any additional ticket requests.
  • Friday night: Boarding seniors/PGs may leave with their families for dinner off-campus, following check-out procedures, but please note that they are required to stay on campus overnight for their final night at Cushing.  
Saturday, May 25
  • 10:15 am: Senior Class Exercises. This is a brief gathering, with remarks made by selected representatives of the Class of 2019. Parents and guests are welcome.
  • 11:00 am: Graduation Exercises. (Tent on Drew Common) Live webcast begins at
  • Senior Handshake: Following Graduation, the Class of 2019 will process from the tent to the Senior Walkway by the Main Building for the Senior Handshake with faculty. 
  • Luncheon
  • Departure from Campus. Seniors and their families depart campus following the luncheon (no later than 4 pm).
  • Underclassmen remain on campus for final exams.
Important Details
  • The Awards Ceremony (Friday afternoon) and Graduation Exercises (Saturday morning) are held under a tent on Drew Common. Please be prepared for variable weather.
  • Graduation invitations have been mailed to parents. Each senior will receive ten additional invitations for guests and may request more invitations if needed.
  • There is ample seating under the tent for all guests, and a reserved section at the front for two special guests of each senior. Tickets for these two reserved seats were mailed to parents with the graduation invitation. No tickets are needed for general seating.
  • Caps, tassels, gowns, and stoles are provided to our graduates. Graduates may keep their caps, tassels, and stoles. Gowns are to be returned immediately after the ceremony.
  • If you or your guests will require additional assistance on campus, please contact Mrs. Colleen Fay, Administrative Assistant to the Head of School, at 978-827-7102 or, for information about accessible parking, wheelchair seating, and shuttles on campus.
  • Please be aware that only service animals are permitted on campus.
  • Please note that Cushing Academy is a non-smoking campus.
* For the safety and comfort of all of our guests, please be aware that only service animals are permitted on campus.

* Please note that Cushing Academy is a non-smoking campus.

Parking and Campus Access

The streets of campus will be closed on Saturday, May 25, 2019, until the conclusion of the ceremony at approximately 1:00 pm. Parking will be available at Adams Field, which is located at the intersection of Rte. 101 and Pleasant Street. Continuous shuttles will transport guests to the graduation tent on Drew Common. 

If you or your guests have mobility concerns, please contact Colleen Fay at 978-827-7102 or for parking, shuttle, and seating accommodations.

We recommend that families who live within a reasonable driving distance come to campus on an earlier date to pick up the majority of their student's belongings to help avoid crowding and traffic jams. We hope that families living a great distance from the Academy will encourage their child to start shipping belongings home early. If you are packing your car with your child's belongings on Saturday, we ask that you please refrain from doing so during the ceremonies.

Places to Stay

Hotels in Ashburnham

The Maguire House
Bed and Breakfast
30 Cobb Road
Ashburnham, MA 01430
MainFare Bed & Breakfast
82 Main Street
Ashburnham, MA 01430

Hotels in surrounding towns

625 Betty Spring Road
Gardner, MA 01440
Owned and operated by Nicole Xarras Moorshead, Cushing class of 1989. Ask for special Cushing Academy rate.

99 Erdman Way
Leominster, MA 01453
*Please ask about the Cushing rate

Great Wolf Lodge
150 Great Wolf Drive
Fitchburg, MA 01420
*Please note: Due to an update in the hotel's street address, some GPS devices do not currently provide accurate directions. If you are experiencing difficulties, please use the following: 150 Royal Plaza Dr., Fitchburg, MA 01420.

Inns and B&Bs in surrounding towns

Clamber Hill Inn
111 N. Main Street
Petersham, MA 01366

Howarth House Bed and Breakfast
81 Ross Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Monadnock Inn
379 Main Street
Jaffrey, NH 03452
(For mid-week stays, please ask for the Cushing Academy rate.)

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.