With a rich history for over 150 years, Oldfields traditions create powerful connections that build bonds between our current students as well as tie the generations of Oldfields girls together for a lifetime. Of course they are fun—but our traditions are so much more than that. Grounded in our motto of Courage, Humility and Largeness of Heart, they encourage genuine kindness that is built upon trust and mutual respect. They foster acceptance, character, and leadership.
Graduation—The Ultimate Tradition
There is nothing that can compare to the profound simplicity of Graduation at Oldfields. For generations, our girls have walked down Graduation Hill in long white dresses and bare feet. The entire student body participates, with underclass girls carrying a bouquet of wildflowers followed by the seniors carrying red roses. The last to walk down the hill are the girls selected by their peers to be on the May Court—the four girls who best embody our School motto, Courage, Humility, and Largeness of Heart.
Each senior’s name is called one at a time by the Head of School and, each senior walks forward to collect her diploma. The ceremony ends with the roses tossed into the air, and a new group of Oldfields students are ready to go make their mark on the world.
When Oldfields alumnae look back at their school years, they remember the big events, like Graduation, but also all the little things—meeting at Crosswalks for an outing, bonding with the adorable campus kids, and late night snacks in the dorm lounge. Embracing the new while honoring the traditions of old makes a rich, meaningful experience for our students.