Senior Events

The following information outlines important dates for seniors. We want all seniors and their families to enjoy these special events, so please check back here for the latest updates and information.

Please note that dates and times (other than baccalaureate and graduation) are subject to change.

Contact with Questions

Please contact Graduation Coordinator Karin House if you have other questions about the end of year events for seniors.

Class of 2024: Important Dates and Deadlines

August 17- 18

College Application
Drop-In Support

Seniors are encouraged to get a jump start on their college applications before school starts.  College counselors will be available to help students create a Common App account, sync it with Naviance (required to submit transcripts and recommendations), and complete the Common App. Seniors must bring a charged laptop for this working session. Chargers will not be available.

We highly recommend that all seniors schedule a meeting with their college counselor to review their list, check the accuracy of Naviance, confirm letters of recommendation and update college application due dates. Questions? Contact your College Counselor: Ms. Matteucci (A-K) or Ms. Galluzzo (L-Z).

August - October Meet with Your College Counselor

All seniors are requested to meet with their college counselor to discuss the list, ensure all deadlines are accurate in Naviance, confirm teacher recommendations and discuss any other application issues. Seniors can schedule a meeting with their college counselor via Calendly.

September - November College Visits at EC College visits begin; visits will take place during both lunches near Student Services. A visit list will be posted on Naviance under "Colleges" and a weekly lineup on the board outside of Student Services.

Sept. 5

6 p.m. in Chapel

Senior College Planning Night Seniors and their parents are highly encouraged to attend this informative session about how EC supports seniors with college applications. Topics covered will include tutorial offerings, deadlines for EA/ED, recommendations, transcripts, Naviance, supplemental essays and college counselor support. 

Sept. 6

DEADLINE: School Day SAT Registration We are offering the SAT for seniors only. Seniors must register for the test through EC rather than the College Board. Learn more and register.
Sept. 18 Compass Prep Presentation Compass Prep presentation regarding the standardized testing landscape.

Sept. 23

 

Senior Pilgrimage Our Senior Pilgrimage is a 12-mile hike on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. This retreat hike is open only to current Eastside Catholic School seniors. Additional information will be communicated to senior students and their families. 
Sept. 30 DEADLINE: Recommendation Letters Last day to request teacher letters of recommendation for early applications. Students must ask teachers in person, and then complete the process by filling out the “Teacher Letter of Recommendation Survey” on Naviance. The survey must be completed in its entirety for college counselors to submit the request to teachers on Naviance.
Sept. 30 Senior Cruise Questions? Contact Senior Class Advisor Mr. Pfeiffer.
October 1 College Counselor Meeting DEADLINE Deadline to meet with your college counselor if a senior has an October 15 college application deadline. Counselors need time to write their student recommendations and prioritize these based on due dates.  
October 2 DEADLINE: Confirm "Colleges I'm Applying To" for Early Action and Early Decision

Deadline to confirm "Colleges I'm Applying To" list and letters of recommendation in Naviance for Early Action and Early Decision deadlines.

Before seniors do this, they must sync Naviance and the Common App, which is required of all seniors applying to college. If seniors have not synced their accounts, school supplemental materials cannot be submitted to colleges. This video explains how to sync Naviance and the Common App.

October 11 School Day SAT Seniors who registered for the School Day SAT will report to EC and can leave after the test is completed. Students who opt not to take this exam may meet with their college counselor to work on applications or have the day off.
October 26 (NEW DATE) Cap and Gown Presentation

This is a required event for seniors. A National Achiever/Herff Jones representative will be on campus on October 26 to meet with seniors to explain how to place an order.

All seniors are required to have a cap, gown, tassel and sash for graduation and Baccalaureate Mass. Families can also purchase graduation announcements and other Class of 2024 items.

November 1 Early Decision Contracts DUE "Early Decision" contracts are due to your EC College Counselors. Questions? Contact your College Counselor: Ms. Matteucci (A-K) or Ms. Galluzzo (L-Z).
November 13 Cap and Gown Order Forms DUE

A National Achiever/Herff Jones representative will be on campus during lunches to meet with seniors to collect order forms and answer questions. Seniors who have placed an online order are also encouraged to stop by.

November 15 UW Applications DUE The University of Washington applications are due. 
November 30 University of California/Cal State Applications DUE The University of California and Cal State applications are due. Applications can be submitted between October 1 and November 30. Questions? Contact your College Counselor Ms. Matteucci (A-K) or Ms. Galluzzo (L-Z).
December 15 Senior Ads for Yearbook DUE

Senior ads are optional and not guaranteed. They will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Ads can be purchased in either 1/4 or 1/2 page options. Until December 15, 1/2-page ads are $200 and 1/4-page ads are $100. Ad prices increase after December 15. 

Senior ads are sold and created on the Herff Jones website. Eastside Catholic's school code is 6287. Parents and guardians can upload their student's photos and design the ads through the online system.

Questions? Please contact High School Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

December 15

 

Senior Yearbook
Shout-out DUE

 

Senior shout-outs are the messages that students leave below their senior picture in their designated section of the yearbook. Students should consider their favorite quote, memory or future plans to include in their shout-out.

Seniors should submit their shout-out through this form by December 15. This form can only be accessed by students. Please note: If a student's shout-out is not submitted by the deadline, one of the generic shout-outs below will be used.

  • “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”
  • Shout-out to my family and friends!

Questions? Please contact High School Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

December 15

 

Senior Pictures for Yearbook DUE

 

All seniors must submit their senior pictures to the yearbook. This image is in place of the standard ID photo students take with Lifetouch at the beginning of the school year. Senior photos can be submitted on the platform eShare with school code GoCruPlease note: If a student's image is not submitted by the deadline, the standard school ID photo may be used.

  • Please upload your photo to the "Portrait" section once you log in to eShare. When you upload your photo, you will be prompted to crop the image to the proper dimensions.
  • When you upload photos, please label them: Senior Picture with your student’s full name (e.g., Senior Picture Jane Doe)
  • Specs for your photographer: RGB color, 300 dpi, only .jpg or .png files
  • Please submit as high-res as possible.

Questions? Please contact High School Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

December 15 Yearbook Orders with Nameplates DUE

Yearbooks for the 2023-24 school year can be ordered from the Herff Jones website using the school code 6287.

If you would like to include a nameplate in your yearbook, orders must be placed by December 15. The final deadline for all yearbook orders is April 1. 

Questions? Please contact High School Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

December 15 Diploma and Graduation Program Name Confirmation DUE

An email will be sent to confirm your student’s name as it appears on their Eastside Catholic diploma and in the graduation program. Families entered this information in the 2023-24 Online School Packet (OSP).

Please note: No middle names are allowed in the graduation program.

If you did not receive the email or need to change your student’s name, please email High School Counselor (O-Z) and Department Chair Claudia Goodhew.

All changes must be submitted by Friday, December 15. After December 15, if no changes are submitted, we will use your student's name as it appears in the Online School Packet.

December 30 College Kickstart Access Closes

College Kickstart access ends for seniors. 

January 31 Senior Ads for Yearbook DUE - late fees apply

Senior ads are optional and not guaranteed. They will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Ads can be purchased in either 1/4-or 1/2-page options. From December 16 - January 31, 1/2-page ads are $220 and 1/4-page ads are $120. 

Senior ads are sold and created on the Herff Jones website. Eastside Catholic's school code is 6287. Parents and guardians can upload their student's photos and design the ads through the online system.

Questions? Please contact High School Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

January 31 Cap and Gown Orders - Final Deadline

All seniors must submit their order form for National Achiever graduation items by January 31.

If any student requires financial assistance, please contact Ms. Kerstetter in the Business Office.

February 9 Mid-Year Transcripts Sent Your college counselor sends mid-year transcripts to the colleges listed in your Naviance account. Please make sure your list of colleges you apply to is complete and up to date. Questions? Contact your College Counselor: Ms. Matteucci (A-K) or Ms. Galluzzo (L-Z).
February 29 Senior Ads for Yearbook DUE - late fees apply

Senior ads are optional and not guaranteed and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Ads can be purchased in either 1/4- or 1/2-page options. From February 1 - February 29, 1/2-page ads are $240 and 1/4-page ads are $140. 

No ads will be accepted after February 29.

Senior ads are sold and created on the Herff Jones website. Eastside Catholic's school code is 6287. Parents and guardians can upload their student's photos and design the ads through the online system.

Questions? Please contact High School Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

March 20 High School Yearbook Orders DUE

High school yearbooks for the 2023-24 school year can be ordered from the Herff Jones website using the school code 6287.

The final deadline for all high school yearbook orders is March 20. 

Questions? Please contact High School Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

March 29 Student Baby Pictures DUE for Senior Tribute Slideshow Seniors should email their baby, toddler or childhood photo in a .JPG format to Senior Class Advisor Mr. Pfeiffer. to be included in the Senior Tribute slideshow.
April 1 Final College Discussions and Decisions Seniors will have all college decisions back by April 1. We encourage students to talk with their families about these academic opportunities and financial commitments before making a final decision. This can be a busy time with final college visits before the May 1 decision deadline. College counselors are happy to discuss these options with seniors.  

April 11

Senior Class Formal Group Portrait

Seniors will gather in the Courtyard for a formal portrait during Mentor. Seniors will be photographed in groups by city of residence. These photos will be sent to area local newspapers with the Eastside Catholic graduation announcement. Professional dress is required.

Seniors will receive a print copy and digital access to the photo.

April 30 Senior Shout-outs for EC Social Media Due Calling all seniors! Senior shoutouts will be shared on our social media channels again this year. Seniors should fill out the Senior Shout-Out form to opt-in or opt-out. See your mentor teacher for the link to the form.
April TBD Senior Auditions for Senior Tribute, Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Musical Performances Senior auditions for musical performances at Senior Tribute, Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation will be held in April, sometime after school in the Choir Room. This is your chance to shine and showcase your musical talent! Seniors need to sign up for an audition time outside the choir room. Decisions by the Performing Arts Chairs and Audition Committee are final. Open to senior students only.
May 1 College Deposit Due FINAL deposits are required to ONE college, if attending. Questions? Contact your College Counselor: Ms. Matteucci (A-K) or Ms. Galluzzo (L-Z).
May 2 Senior Swag Day

Wear your Decision Day swag for the group photo during Mentor. Wear a sweatshirt, t-shirt, or other apparel highlighting your post-high school plans.

May 3 College Decisions DUE in Naviance For a final transcript to be submitted, seniors must update their Naviance account with decisions for each of their colleges and indicate which college they will be attending. This action is mandatory to send final school documents.  
May 3 Pre-Ordered Graduation Items Pick-Up All pre-ordered graduation items (cap, gown, announcements, etc.) can be picked up during both high school lunches outside of Student Services. Any honor or club cords earned will be distributed to seniors at the graduation rehearsal in June.
May 17 Tuition, Fees and Fines Paid

All tuition, fees and fines for seniors must be paid by this date. Questions? Please contact business@eastsidecatholic.org.

May 18

 

High School Prom Additional information, including the location of the Prom, will be communicated to high school students and families during the school year. Questions? Contact the Director of Student Life Mr. Pa'aga.
May 30 Senior Wall Signing A senior tradition, seniors can sign their names on the Crusader wall. Stop by the third-floor E-wing stairwell landing during both high school lunches.
May 31 Senior Tribute

Senior Tribute is scheduled for Friday, May 31, at 11 a.m. in the Athletic Pavilion. This is a special event for all seniors and their families only. There is no restriction on the number of guests in attendance.

The Senior Class Cabinet plans and organizes this fun event. Seniors MUST arrive by 9 a.m. to take their required individual headshot composite photos. Pictures will be taken in the Mat Room in the Athletic Pavilion. Seniors should allow extra time to complete these photos. Professional dress is required for all seniors, but they do not need to wear their caps and gowns for this event. Carpooling amongst families and guests is strongly recommended. Seniors will not attend classes on this day.

June 5-6 Final Exams for Seniors Senior finals will take place in class on Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6. Seniors are expected to attend all classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, even if they do not have exams. This week will be a regular bell schedule for all students.
June 7 Graduation Ceremony Rehearsal

The graduation ceremony rehearsal is scheduled for Friday, June 7, at 9:30 a.m. in the Gym. 

All seniors MUST attend this mandatory rehearsal to walk at graduation. Any earned honor cords will be distributed at this rehearsal.

June 7

 

Baccalaureate Mass

Baccalaureate Mass is Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. Seniors should arrive no later than 6:45 p.m. Please plan for traffic and parking. Professional dress is required at the Mass for students. Seniors will also wear graduation gowns, stole and honor cords, but no graduation caps. It is recommended to press your gowns with a cool iron. All senior family members are welcome to attend the Baccalaureate Mass.

A small reception will follow the Mass at Mary, Queen of Peace, hosted by the sophomore class.

The Mass will be live streamed for any family member or guest who cannot attend in person.

June 10

 

Class of 2024 Graduation

 

The Class of 2024 Graduation Ceremony is Monday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Seniors must arrive no later than 6:45 p.m. and proceed to the main lobby of Benaroya Hall. 

Professional dress is required for students. Seniors should also wear their cap, gown (zipped up), stole and any honor cords. Due to strict Benaroya Hall rules, graduation caps are NOT allowed to be decorated. Any decorated caps will be taken and returned after the ceremony concludes. Please be aware that the aisle to the stage is steep and low-heeled shoes are strongly encouraged.

There are no capacity limitations at Benaroya Hall. Students are invited to bring as many family members and guests as they wish. Since there are no capacity limitations, tickets are not required. Graduation parking is available at many area parking lots and the parking garage at Benaroya Hall. Benaroya Hall is ADA-compliant with plenty of seats throughout the auditorium. The ushers will check the lobby for those in wheelchairs and others who need assistance before opening the doors to the public.

Please note: The live-stream event has a 4-minute broadcast delay to the actual live event. The stream will be live beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to everyone. Please note the lobby is very congested after the ceremony. It may be wise to communicate a meeting spot between you and your family members. Benaroya Hall prohibits confetti, helium balloons and air horns in the auditorium. Seniors, please note that the following items are NOT allowed on stage during the ceremony (including, but not limited to): sunglasses, earbuds or noisemakers. Student phones must be turned off and remain out of sight (phones cannot be held) for the entire graduation ceremony.

June 10

 

Grad Night 2024

Grad Night 2024 is an all-night event for all graduates sponsored by the Senior Class parents and begins after the graduation ceremony on June 10. Graduates will board buses at Benaroya Hall and return at 6 a.m. to Eastside Catholic the following morning. This all-night event is chaperoned, drug and alcohol-free with dinner, breakfast, games, music, prizes and many entertainment activities. We hope all graduates plan on attending this fun, memorable and safe party!

June 21

 

Final Transcripts Submitted FINAL transcripts are automatically submitted (Parchment and Naviance) to the one college indicated in Naviance. If Naviance is not updated by June 21 and a final college has not been identified, a final transcript will not be sent.