Commencement 2019

Join us for the 125th Commencement of Pomfret School.

Commencement for the Class of 2019 will be held at the Clark Memorial Chapel lawn on the morning of Sunday, May 26. In a departure from previous years, baccalaureate will take place on the evening of Saturday, May 25. Questions? Contact Alexis Roberts, executive assistant to the head of school, at 860-963-6113.

Saturday, May 25

5:00 PM Reception, Class of ’64 Terraces

6:00 PM Baccalaureate Service, Clark Memorial Chapel (maximum 2 tickets for family)

7:00 PM Senior Awards Dinner, Strong Field House

Sunday, May 26

10:15 AM Class of 2019 Sundial Photo, Proctor Sundial

11:00 AM 125th Commencement, Clark Memorial Chapel Lawn

12:30 PM Graduation Luncheon, Main House

5:00 PM All Graduates Depart


There are two good restaurants within walking distance of Pomfret. Downtown Putnam also has a number of great options. For lunch, we suggest the Vanilla Bean in Pomfret. For dinner, we suggest 85 Main in Putnam.


The Quiet Corner is home to a number of small bed and breakfasts, and a smattering of larger hotels. The Inn at Woodstock Hill, about 10 minutes away, is a wonderful choice. Comfort Inn and Suites, in nearby Dayville, is another popular (and cheaper) option.

Peter Grauer Photo

Peter Grauer is this year's commencement speaker.

Grauer is the current chairman of Bloomberg L.P., a privately held financial, software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was founded by Michael Bloomberg in 1981.

Grauer first became active in the Pomfret Community when his middle daughter, Tory ’02, started on the Hilltop in the late 1990s, followed by her sister Nina ’10. During those interceding years, Grauer became deeply involved in the life of the School, first as a board member (2000–2012) and eventually as board chair (2006–2012). In 2012, Grauer became an honorary life trustee, one of only ten individuals ever to be elected to the post.

With his wife, Laurie, he founded the Grauer Family Institute for Excellence and Innovation in Education, which has had a transformational impact on the educational program at Pomfret, positioning the School as a recognized leader in innovative learning, teaching, and program design. In 2017, the Pomfret School Alumni Association honored him with the Olmsted Award, one of the School's two highest honors, for his distinguished service to Pomfret.