Graduation

Welcome Parents and Seniors to the Graduation page! We will be updating this page frequently throughout the year, so please check back often. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact the Senior Advisor.

Senior Advisor

Tara Bacher

Department Chair

Just a few short months from now, you will be the proud parent of a Kennedy Catholic graduate. We know it’s difficult to keep track of all the information and dates, so we are trying to keep you as informed as possible. If you have any questions that are not answered below, please review the other Senior class web pages or please email the Kennedy Catholic Senior Advisor.

  • Senior Parents:
    Please confirm the name that will be printed on your student's diploma at Graduation. We will use your student's information from Skyward for the diploma content. To confirm:
    1. Login to your Skyward account;
    2. At the top of the page under "Family Access" you will see your student's name;
    3. Confirm the spelling and inclusion of information (ex. middle name or middle initial, hyphenated last name, etc.)
    4. If you want any information OTHER than what is listed on each student's Skyward account, please let Mrs. Bacher know by November 16. For any changes to the printed name, please send an email to Mrs. Bacher with exactly how you would like your student's name to be printed on the diploma.
    If the student's name - as it appears in Skyward - is accurate, you do not need to contact Mrs. Bacher. Any changes made once the diploma order has been submitted will result in an additional fee.
  • Ordering graduation announcements: There will be a student meeting on October 29 during Advisory where students will receive order forms and more information. Ordering will take place during both lunches on November 13 and 14. Please expect the announcements to arrive in early April.
  • Tickets for Graduation Ceremony and Senior Awards Continental Breakfast: Each graduate will be granted 8 tickets for graduation and 2 tickets to the breakfast (graduates do not need a ticket). Watch your mailboxes in April for a ticket request form by which families can request extra tickets to the graduation ceremony. Extra tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All senior college and scholarship information is due to the Counseling Office: Please send a copy of every college acceptance letter and every scholarship offer to the Counseling Office by April 29. Any information not reported (via copy of the award/acceptance letter) will not be included in the graduation awards program.
  • Cap and Gown Distribution: On Friday, May 24, the Senior Class will have graduation rehearsal and their prom assembly. Caps and Gowns will be distributed at this event. Honor cords for World Language Honor Society members will be distributed within the World Language Department. Cap and gown orders are placed in the fall. Parents do not need to order these from Herff Jones.

Important Dates!

DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE, SO CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY!

Aug. 27 - Senior Brunch, 10am - noon
Sept. 4-7 - Spirit Week
Sept 19 - Senior Parent Information Night
Sept 28 - Decorate the Senior Hall for Homecoming (after school)
Oct 10 - National Testing Day – Get College Application Help from Mr. Vinson and Mrs. Bacher in A023
Oct 6 - Homecoming Football Game
Oct 6 - Homecoming Dance
Oct 26 - First Quarter Ends
Nov 6 - Class Meeting with Herff Jones for Graduation Announcements
Nov 12 - Veterans Day – No School
Nov 13-14 - Order Graduation Announcements at Lunches
Nov 18 - Last Day to Register for Grad Night at $199
Nov 21-23 - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 21-Jan. 7 - Christmas Break
Jan 21 - MLK Jr. Day – No School
Jan 16-18 - First Semester Exams
Jan 18 - First Semester Ends
Jan 21 - No School
Jan 25 - St. Vincent DePaul Senior Butler Auction
Jan 26 - Senior Retreat
Feb 1 - Senior Butler Service Day
Feb 14-18 - Mid-Winter Break
Feb 22 - Freshman Retreat – No School
Feb 25 - March 1 - Senior ISLE Presentations
Mar 3 - Last Day to Register for Grad Night at $225
Mar 22 - Third Quarter Ends
Apr 9 - Graduation Announcements Arrive
Apr 13 - Senior Contemplative Retreat
Apr 29 - College Acceptance and Scholarship Letters Due
May 5 - Last Day to Register for Grad Night at $250
May 24 - Prom Assembly, Graduation Practice, Field Day, and Moving Up Assembly
May 25 - Prom
May 28-30 - Second Semester Exams
May 31 - Baccalaureate Mass, Senior Breakfast, Graduation
May 31 - June 1 - Grad Night
June 11 - pick up diploma in school office

The Big Day: Friday, May 31

  • Baccalaureate Mass: 9:30am in the Kennedy Catholic Gym - everyone is welcome to attend; no ticket required.
  • Senior Awards Breakfast: 11am in the Kennedy Catholic Cafeteria - Two tickets per graduate (graduate does not need a ticket). There will be no extra tickets available (students are free to ask other graduates if they have extra tickets). Honor cords for top 10 students will be distributed at this time.
  • Graduation Ceremony: 6pm in the Kennedy Catholic Gym - Eight tickets per graduate. (More tickets may be requested – see above for details. Note: premier reserved tickets and parking will be available for bidding at the Kennedy Catholic KATCH Auction).

Diplomas will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, June 11 for students without any academic or financial holds. We do not mail diplomas - student must be present when picking up diploma.