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GRADUATION EVENTS AND DETAILS

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Dear Senior Parents,

It's hard to believe that graduation for the Creighton Prep Class of 2019 is a little more than a month away. Let me congratulate you on your son's accomplishment. Four years of steady academic work combined with involvement in many extracurricular activities is a tremendous success, and your guidance and support made it possible.

With graduation quickly approaching we have lots of information to share with you to make sure everything goes smoothly and you can plan accordingly. Please review the scholastic reminders below. As the senior class winds down its high school career, we want students to remember to finish strong – and your encouragement will keep them on track. You'll also want to take a look at the list of graduation activities and dates in the section below. 

I'd like to personally thank you for the privilege of helping shape your sons into Men for Others over the last four years. They've made a mark on the entire Creighton Prep community, and on behalf of everyone here, we wish them well in the next steps of their journey.

If you have any questions about graduation, please feel free to call the school at 402-393-1190 for assistance.

Sincerely,

James L. Bopp 
Head of School


GRADUATION ACTIVITIES AND DATES


CREIGHTON PREP FAMILY LEGACY NAMES — NOW

During the commencement ceremony when we call up a senior to receive his diploma we also include the names of his father, grandfather or great grandfather who graduated from Creighton Prep. In order to make sure that we have accurate information, if your son has a father, grandfather or great grandfather who graduated from Creighton Prep, please fill out this online form now.


SCHOLARSHIP LISTING — WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

College scholarships received by each senior will be listed in the graduation program and the Omaha World-Herald if verification of the scholarship is received by the counseling department no later than Wednesday, April 17. Your son can email copies of all scholarship award letters to his counselor or Kris Bope in the counseling department or drop off copies to her. Scholarship additions can be turned in after April 17, but there is no guarantee that they will be listed in the Omaha World-Herald or the graduation program.


FINAL TRANSCRIPTS — WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

Final transcripts will be sent to the school your son has decided to attend. To list this school, your son must log in to Family Connection and click on-> About Me-> Surveys-> Graduation Survey. He should complete the graduation survey on Naviance Student by Wednesday, May 1. Students who are undecided about a college choice when they complete their survey should inform their counselor when they finalize their choice. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Tillman.


GRADUATION TICKETS — FRIDAY, MAY 17

Every family will receive 10 tickets. Each person needs a ticket to enter the graduation ceremony. Your son will not need a ticket. There is no assigned seating; it is available on a first come, first served basis. The tickets will be distributed with the caps and gowns on Friday, May 17. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door. If your family will not use all allotted tickets, you may turn them into the high school office or at the ticket window prior to the ceremony.


GRADUATION PRACTICE & CAPS AND GOWNS — FRIDAY, MAY 17

Graduation practice is mandatory for all graduates and will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 17 in the Heider Center. The regular school dress code is in effect for graduation practice. Caps and gowns can be picked up immediately following graduation practice in the Heider Center. All fines, outstanding obligations and disciplinary responsibilities must be taken care of in order to receive a cap, gown and graduation tickets.


BACCALAUREATE MASS — SATURDAY, MAY 18

The graduation events kick off with the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday night, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Church on the campus of Creighton University. Because of space limitations, this Mass can accommodate only seniors and their parents. Seniors should sit with their parents and dress in Prep's formal dress code with a suit coat or jacket optional.


GRADUATION — SUNDAY, MAY 19             

Graduation will be held at the Heider Center on Sunday, May 19 at 10 a.m. Seniors should arrive by 9:15 a.m. in formal dress code with cap and gown and use the commons entrance. The Heider Center doors will open at 9 a.m. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Parking is limited.


STUDENT NAME PRONUNCIATION

We want to make sure that your son's entire name is pronounced correctly at graduation. He has received an email similar to this one asking him to send a recording of his name. If your son's name is sometimes mispronounced, please make sure that he replies to that email.


ACADEMICS & WRAPPING UP THE SCHOOL YEAR


ACADEMICS

During the remaining weeks of school, students must keep their focus on coursework, so they don't find themselves in a situation where they are in danger of failing a course or not meeting other higher academic standards. Diplomas may be withheld from a student who fails a course. Regular study and attendance are key elements in avoiding these issues. If you have concerns about your son, begin by contacting his counselor or teachers.


ABSENTEEISM AND OUTSTANDING OBLIGATIONS

All seniors should read the Student-Parent Handbook regarding absenteeism (pages 31-35). Students who have excessive absences may not be allowed to take final exams unless parents meet with school administration and document extenuating circumstances. Some seniors may be required to attend classes with underclassmen during the final weeks of May to make up for excessive absences before diplomas will be issued. Any student who still owes fines, outstanding debts or Jugs will not receive his cap and gown until this business is complete. Direct questions or concerns to Sterling Brown, dean of students.


YEAR-END DISRUPTIONS

Senior leadership is very important to school culture. Disruptive behavior at the end of the school year may result in the postponement of final exams and prolonging the school year. Students involved in any end of the year disruption may forfeit their participation in the graduation ceremony and receive other appropriate consequences up to and including dismissal. School administration will exercise its discretion to use legal recourse for disruptions that occur after graduation. Specifically, seniors should avoid disruptions in daily school routines and the educational process, avoid actions that violate the human dignity of any person, and avoid conduct detrimental to the reputation or mission of the school.


BEHAVIOR AND DRESS AT GRADUATION

Graduation is a dignified celebration. Raucous behavior is an embarrassment to parents, friends, jubilarians, alumni, faculty and, mostly, to those who behave in this manner. Any student who disrupts the ceremony may be removed and his diploma may be withheld. Let's celebrate in a way that reflects our mission and values.

Formal dress is required for the Baccalaureate Mass and graduation ceremony. Formal means a dress shirt and tie, dress pants, dress socks and dress shoes (brown, black or cordovan). No earrings. Students must be clean shaven and their hair must follow the dress code. A suit coat or jacket is not recommended for graduation because it gets bulky and warm under the graduation gown.

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