Invitation to Virtual Commem 2020

All members of our Glenalmond community - current and past pupils and families, our staff and all those who are friends of Glenalmond - are extended a very warm welcome to join us on Friday, June 26th at 3pm for our Virtual Commem.

Our Virtual Commem will involve an adaption of our traditional service in Chapel which will be followed by members of our pipe band (meeting social distancing requirements) playing in our Front Quad, before the doors under Front Arch are swung closed, signalling the traditional end of our academic year.

The Chapel service will feature an address by our Chairman, Niall Booker, and an address and reading by our Warden, Dr Michael Alderson. Our Captains of Coll, Susie and Tom, will also make a joint address reflecting on their College experiences, and our Chaplain, Rev Charles Sherlock, will end the service in prayer.

Music will include the traditional Commem service Hymn - "Holy, Holy, Holy" - and "The Carmen", traditionally sung at the end of the prizegiving ceremony which follows our Chapel service.

The running order for Virtual Commem on Friday June 26th is as follows:

3.00pm: Chapel Service  - available to view via

3.30pm: Live stream - via Glenalmond Facebook and Instagram social media pages - of piper, Ramsay P, who will play Highland Cathedral in the Front Quad, before the doors are fully closed.

3.40pm: Post-Commem picnic - enjoy a celebration with us, whereever you are in the world.

Details of our prizewinners etc will be posted on our website and social feeds from 2pm on Friday, along with other content which can be browsed through before the start of Commem.

Masterchef 2020 finalist Claire Fyfe, a former Glenalmond pupil, will be providing ideas for the perfect picnic via our website news section in the run-up to Commem. Please send your Commem picnic pictures for use via social media to our Director of Marketing, Carol McLaren, via WhatsApp - 07894738607 or

We very much hope you enjoy our Virtual Commem 2020 as an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved in this exceptional, and challenging, year and to share our thanks to all those who have helped and supported us in the past year, including our pupils and their parents, our staff and Council members.

Most importantly, we hope you will join us to wish our wonderful leavers every success in the future. We will miss our Upper Sixth pupils but we know you are ready to head out into the world with a Glenalmond education under your belt, a strong work ethic and a respect for the people who surround us and the world we live in.

Floreat Glenalmond!

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