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May 29, 2020


Please know that there is NO GRADUATION PARTY on May 31 at the Northfield campus, and NO SUNRISE BEACH GATHERING at Gillson Beach the next morning. Currently, large gatherings are prohibited and cannot be held.

Thanks in advance for making sure your seniors understand that these gatherings will not take place. We look forward to seeing you at the drive-through graduation on Sunday!


May 26, 2020

Dear New Trier Families of the Class of 2020,

The NTPA Grad Committee is in full swing, in coordination with the school, to create a memorable drive-through event for your graduate on  Sunday, May 31.  The committee will enhance the outdoor corridor from the moment you enter Essex Road until you exit Trevian Way. We can't wait for you and your senior to experience the fun and entertainment as you drive through the corridor

We will begin celebrating your senior this week! On  Friday, May 29,  parent volunteers will deliver a large navy envelope to each senior's home. The contents of the envelope will include:

  • The original graduation party invitation revealing the 2020 senior graduation theme, including an insert about the contents of the envelope and the May 31 drive-through
  • Ribbons to tie around your trees (and share with your neighbors, if you wish)
  • A mortarboard for seniors to wear on May 31, if they wish--feel free to decorate
  • Instructions about the drive-through, including a map

On Sunday, your car must have your graduate's name appearing on it, in large, clear letters.

Only one car per household can enter Essex Road. You are welcome to decorate your car however you wish for the occasion. As cars approach Trevian Way, New Trier staff will be handing out single red roses and red carnation boutonnieres to graduates.

Just before exiting Trevian Way, you will see a display of 16" x 16" senior photos mounted on the lawn in front of the school. After May 31, families will receive an email from New Trier with information about how to pick up their photo sign (click here for flyer)

In addition, families of seniors, along with other community members, are invited to turn on their lights and place luminaries or lanterns outside their homes on the evening of May 31, in honor of all 2020 graduates (click here for flyer)

For the most current information from the school, see the  Seniors page  on New Trier's website.

We will see you on Friday with the hand-delivered envelope to kick off the celebration for your senior. Then we will see you again on May 31 to create lasting memories. It truly will be a remarkable event and a graduation experience to remember! Questions? Email .


Terri Lorenz, Cynthia Cata, and Becky Stilp
NTPA 2020 Grad Committee Co-Chair


    • Friday, May 29 - Envelopes hand delivered to seniors and families by NTPA volunteers (see letter above for more details)
    • By Sunday, May 31 -Senior sign drop-off by NT staff (details coming from senior advisers)
    • Sunday, May 31 - Commencement for the Class of 2020
      12:00-1:30 P.M. - Virtual  Ceremony (link to video to be emailed to families May 30; you can forward the link to family and friends)
      2:00-7:00 P.M. - Walk the Stage on Trevian Way - drive-through diploma pickup, professional photo opportunity, and fun surprises (social distancing guidelines will be followed); for more details, see letter above and check the Seniors webpage on NT's website
    • After June 1 - New Trier News Destinations issue mailed out
    • Week of June 8 - Virtual Senior Awards Ceremony (details to come from the school once scheduled by the school)

    Any additions or changes to this list of dates and events will be shared with families when available. Thank you for your understanding!

    Thank you for your support.  
    Janet Beatty and Nora Larkin


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