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Important Senior Events & Info

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Arrival of caps/gowns and Graduation announcements: Early in April, seniors will receive their caps and gowns. After trying them on immediately for fit or flaws, they are to take them home. These now become your daughter’s individual responsibility! Before Honors Convocation, it is necessary to have her gown ironed. Since the company has had them professionally cleaned, you may not need to have this done again. Make sure that the collar to the gown is part of the package that arrives home. This needs to be basted to the gown and ironed for it to stay in place for the duration of time your daughter will wear the gown. The gown will also need to be sewn in the front. Seniors will wear their caps and gowns for the Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation. Graduation announcements are delivered to the school in early April. Please check to make sure that your order is complete. Full payment for announcements needs to be taken care of with the company before admission tickets for Graduation are distributed.

Last Senior Meeting: April 25 marks the last senior meeting where the seniors receive an information packet pertaining to the various functions they will attend in May, as well as information on obtaining their tickets for guests to attend Graduation. Before your daughter can receive these tickets, all obligations involving the school must first be met. These include any outstanding fees or tuition, overdue books, team uniforms, service hours and detentions to be served. Seniors receive a form from Mrs. Chase which they must complete and return before they can obtain their tickets. This Senior Sign-Off Sheet indicates whether they have any of the aforementioned obligations. Any obligations are reported to Mrs. Chase who then relays the information to the seniors via this form. Any outstanding fees result in students will not be issued a diploma or final transcript until paid in full. Once they have the required signatures discharging them from their obligations, they may obtain their tickets. A separate letter regarding graduation details will follow after the Christmas holiday.

iPads and Macs: Specific information about these technology devices will be communicated at the last senior meeting on April 25. As with any outstanding requirements or fees, students will not be issued a diploma or final transcript until paid in full. 

The following events are traditions for graduating seniors at AHN. Your daughter’s attendance is both expected and required at each event. Attendance at practices is mandatory to participate in the event. Any conflicts should be directed to Mrs. Chase prior to the event or practice.

Senior Retreat for the Class of 2019 will take place on Thursday, February 28, and Friday, March 1, at DaySpring Retreat Center in Ellenton, Fla. Transportation will be provided to and from the retreat center from Academy. Seniors will be required to be at school on Thursday, February 28, by 8:00 a.m. with their items to spend the night. Seniors will be sleeping overnight in cabins, with meals provided by the DaySpring Retreat Center staff. Buses will bring students back to campus by end of school day on Friday. It is imperative that all seniors are present for the entire retreat, so please make arrangements in advance with student’s employment, extra-curricular activities and family events.

Silver Coffee Practice: On May 1 at 9:00 a.m. during the course of the school day, seniors will receive information regarding dress code for Silver Coffee and will practice their entrance for the Rose Ceremony as well as their role in the alumnae induction ceremony. 

HNAA Induction and Silver Coffee: Silver Coffee on May 2 begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Brady Center. At around 10:15 a.m., the Rose Ceremony follows with the introduction of seniors on the main staircase, presented with a rose, symbolic of the foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names, Mother Marie Rose Durocher. Immediately following the Rose Ceremony, around 10:45 a.m., seniors will be inducted into the Holy Names Alumnae Association in the Chapel. Mothers are invited to this event, as well as alumnae related to the seniors. The president of the HNAA opens the ceremony with a brief speech, outlining the significance of being a member of this association. Seniors are then officially inducted individually by signing the HNAA membership book, lighting a candle and receiving a certificate of membership.

Pool Party for Seniors: On the last day of classes, May 3, Student Council will host a swimming party for the senior class (NO GUESTS PLEASE) immediately following the traditional running of the halls when the last bell rings. The swim party is from 2:50-4:00 p.m. at the school’s pool, and snacks are provided.

Special Senior Farewell: On May 15 at 9:00 a.m. (UPDATED TIME!), the student body says its goodbyes to the Class of 2019. Each class prepares a special farewell in the form of poems, skits, or songs to send the seniors on their way to college. The seniors then present the school with a song that they have chosen, representing their memories of the past four years of high school.

Mother-Daughter Mass and Luncheon: Immediately following the Senior Farewell on May 15, the Mother-Daughter Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel. The class officers put together scripture readings and songs especially selected for this momentous Mass. 

Senior Mother-Daughter Mass Attire – A message from Campus Ministry

Remember that Mass is a beautiful opportunity to encounter the physical presence of Christ. Dresses, skirts, and rompers should be appropriate length, no shorter than 2-inches above the knee. Shoulders should be covered—no spaghetti straps, or strapless dresses or tops—unless you plan to wear a cardigan. Please be careful about necklines, and ensure that your chest is appropriately covered. Cold-shoulder tops are permitted as long as most of the shoulder is covered. We realize that a lot of the stores do not have a great selection of appropriate attire for Mass for young women but please be vigilant. If you have any questions about what is considered appropriate or not, you are welcome to ask Mrs. Holland. 

The Mother-Daughter Luncheon is the last social event for the seniors. Mothers of the junior class give this to the seniors and their mothers. The location of the luncheon will follow in a separate notification. 

Baccalaureate Mass Practice and Honors Convocation Practice: On May 15,  Baccalaureate Mass practice begins at 1:30 p.m. (immediately following the Mother-Daughter Luncheon) at Christ the King Catholic Church. It is at this time that the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2019 will be announced.

Baccalaureate Mass: On May 19, seniors need to be at Christ the King by 2:15 p.m. dressed in cap and gown. They may want to bring a change of clothes. The Mass begins at 3:00 p.m. Seniors will be shown where to meet when they attend practice. The church fills up quickly, so it’s best to arrive early. After the practice, your daughter will tell you which side of the church she’ll be sitting so you can have an optimum view of her.

Honors Convocation: On May 20, seniors are to meet in the senior lounge no later than 8:45 a.m. dressed in cap and gown. They should bring a change of clothes. Honors Convocation begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Brady Center. 

Graduation Practice: On May 22, practice begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Practice includes the flower girls, who will present each senior with a dozen red roses. Students will be bussed from AHN to the Straz for practice. All seniors must arrive to the Brady Center no later than 8:15 a.m.

Graduation: May 22 at 7:00 p.m. Seniors are to report to the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts by 6:00 p.m. with cap and gown. A separate letter regarding graduation details will follow after the Christmas holiday.