Commencement 2022 FAQ

Bridgton Academy Commencement Exercises FAQ

May 7, 2022

Bridgton Academy

11:00 a.m.

Bridgton Academy’s Commencement Exercises will be a private, ticketed event. 

We invite any guests who are unable to attend to  join the ceremony via live stream at this link. As Commencement exercises for the Class of 2022 draw nearer, we will share the link again via the Bridgton Academy social media pages. 

How early can I arrive?

Guests will be able to begin the check-in process on the morning of Commencement as early as 9:00 a.m. We recommend arriving early to allow time to move through the checkpoint before the ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m.

Where will Commencement be held?

The Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2022 will be held in Chalmers Ice Arena on Bridgton Academy’s campus.  

Can a student have guests at the ceremony?

Each student will be given six tickets to allow guests to view Commencement in-person. 

How will you identify who gets tickets?

Families are asked to register for Commencement (no later than Friday, April 29th) via this link.  

Will there be extra tickets available?

The capacity of the event is limited and, as such, we cannot provide additional tickets.

Are there vaccination requirements to attend Commencement?

Guests of the Class of 2022 will need to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID rapid test, taken no more than 24 hours before Commencement, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before Commencement. This information will be collected at the door when guests arrive.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are gathered. By visiting Bridgton Academy, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Will there be parking and/or seating for those who may have challenges with mobility?

Yes, we will have designated parking and seating areas for those who have challenges with mobility. Please let us know in advance if someone in your party could benefit from these accommodations.

Where do I check in for Commencement and how will I know where to sit?

The registration area for Commencement will be located adjacent to Chalmers Ice Arena. As mentioned above, on the day of Commencement, we will begin the check-in process at 9:00 a.m.  Once you are inside the arena, seating will be marked for the Class of 2022 and faculty.  All other seats are open.

Can I take pictures by the stage?

Guests of the event will have a designated space where they can take photographs.  Bridgton Academy has hired a professional photographer for this event who will take a variety of photos, including a photo of each student with his diploma. We will provide access to all commencement photos following the event. 

What restrooms on campus will be available?

We will have restrooms available for guests in the Chalmers Ice Arena.

Will the school store be open?

The school store will be open for shopping after Commencement on Saturday morning, as well as select hours on Friday afternoon.  

What time does campus close and what is the deadline to move out?

Campus officially closes at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

What if we need to make a change to the registered guest list?

If you need to make a change to your registered guests, please contact Michelle Cross at (207) 647-3322, ext. 1229 or by emailing mcross@bridgtonacademy.org.

Are masks required on campus?

Masks are strongly recommended, but not required.  Our campus is mask friendly and we ask that guests of the Academy respect the choices of others in this regard, including our faculty who may wish to wear a mask during the event. As with the ongoing flexibility necessary for COVID, we reserve the right to amend this flexibility in the event of CDC and/or other local, state, and federal guidance to do so.

Can I help my son pack on Friday afternoon and evening?

Yes, we are happy to welcome families to campus on Friday to begin the move out process and help ease some of the congestion after Commencement. Additionally, the school store will be open for shopping and there will be a faculty versus students softball game.

We do require that students stay on campus overnight on Friday. Faculty and staff have a slate of events that are cornerstones of the end of the year that are special for the class, including an advisory dinner.