NOTE: DUE TO WEATHER, THE GRADUATION CEREMONY HAS BEEN MOVED UP TO A 4 PM START. Times below have been adjusted to reflect this new schedule.

To Wellesley High School Families and Members of the Community:

The Wellesley High School Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2023 will take place on Friday, June 2nd, 2023 on Hunnewell Field. Please take into consideration that traffic difficulties will exist from 3:30-6:30 pm. We want to encourage families and attendees to consider carpooling to the event, and we also want to provide you with information regarding the available parking options.

Carpooling is an excellent way to reduce traffic congestion, alleviate parking difficulties, and contribute to the overall well-being of our community. By carpooling, we can minimize the number of vehicles on the road and create a more efficient transportation system for everyone attending the graduation ceremony. Not only will carpooling make the event more enjoyable for all, but it will also promote sustainable practices and demonstrate our commitment to the environment.

In terms of parking options for the Wellesley High School commencement, we have made arrangements to accommodate the expected volume of vehicles. Please find below the available parking areas:

  1. Washington Street: This street offers ample parking space and is conveniently located near the graduation venue. Please ensure that you park in designated areas only, respecting any parking restrictions.
  2. Track Lot: The track lot (Brook Path), adjacent to the high school, will be open for parking during the graduation ceremony. This option provides close proximity to the event, saving you time and effort. However, there are limited spaces available.
  3. Wellesley High School Lot: Our school parking lot will also be available for guests attending the commencement. This option is particularly convenient for families who prefer to park within the school premises. Again, we encourage people to carpool.
  4. Paine Street: There will be parking spaces available on both sides of Paine Street before it heads towards Forest. Please adhere to parking signage or parking regulations in the area.
  5. Atwood St: There is parking available on one side of Atwood.
  6. Wellesley PD asks that we abide by the No Parking signs to avoid receiving a parking citation. 

For those that are dropping off attendees who have limited mobility, please use the Smith Street lot that is located behind the athletic field across from the Fuller Brook path and the Child Lab. An officer on a bicycle will direct the traffic entering and exiting the Smith Street parking lot.

A shuttle bus will loop from the middle school parking lot on Donizetti St, to the high school every 15 minutes beginning at 3:00.

We kindly request that you arrive early to ensure sufficient time for parking and to avoid any last-minute inconvenience. Please be mindful of local traffic regulations and any instructions provided by traffic control personnel.

Remember to display your parking permit, if applicable, in a visible location within your vehicle. This will help our parking attendants guide you to the appropriate parking area smoothly.

We encourage you to share this information with other families and promote the idea of carpooling to make the Wellesley High School Commencement a memorable and sustainable event for all. Let’s work together to create a positive and enjoyable experience for our graduates and their families.

Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion together.

June 2, 2023 Graduation Parking Options and Carpooling Recommendations
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