Graduation day is a day Hill students never forget. Most students spend several years together forming life-long friendships and on this special day they come together for one last time as a class before embarking on the journey ahead of them. The day begins with Baccalaureate as the graduates, their families, friends, and faculty convene in the Alumni Chapel, during which the choir performs and the Headmaster offers his address to the graduates. Following the service, the Quad becomes a meeting place where friends, families, and faculty members gather with the graduates to say farewell and take photographs.
Later, the graduates- young men wearing white slacks, Hill ties, and sixth form blazers; young women wearing white dresses and sixth form blazers - line up at the top of the hill. As faculty members - led by the most senor faculty - process through them, the graduates cheer and thank their teachers. A traditional Scottish bagpipe player leads then leads the graduate procession into the Commencement ceremony.
In keeping with a great Hill tradition, at the end of the ceremony the entire sixth form class jumps into the Dell, the small scenic pond on campus. They meet at the center fountain to embrace and cheer. This marks their “official” transition from Hill students to Hill alumni.