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 Dr. 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 Please email a recent senior picture and a baby, toddler or childhood photo in a .JPG format to Senior Class Advisor Dr. Pfeiffer or seniorcabinet@eastsidecatholic.org for 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 During Mentor, seniors will gather in the Courtyard for a class formal group photo on Thursday, April 11, at 12:30 p.m. Professional dress is required for students. Many students will be seated, so if wearing a skirt, the skirt must reach the knee or below. Please do not wear athletic clothing or denim, including denim jackets. After the group photo, seniors will break into smaller groups based on the city they live in for photos that will be sent to local newspapers with the Eastside Catholic graduation announcement. Seniors will receive a print copy and digital access to the formal group photo.
April 16 Performance Auditions for Senior Tribute and Graduation Open to all senior students. Do you have a talent or gift (musical, dance, poem) you would like to share at these events? All seniors are welcome to audition and do not need to be in choir, band or drama to participate. Open auditions will be held on Tuesday, April 16, after school in the Choir Room. Soloists, duets, trios, etc., are invited to audition! If you have any questions, please contact Band Director Mr. Boysen, Choir Director Ms. Lizama or Senior Class Advisor Dr. Pfeiffer
April 30 Senior Shout-outs for EC Social Media Due Seniors - join the fun and celebrate your upcoming graduation with a personal senior shout-out that will be shared on EC's social media channels! Seniors should complete the Senior Shout-Out form and opt in or opt out by April 30. Please note: Only students should complete the form.
May 1 College Enrollment Deposit Due Most colleges require an enrollment deposit by Wednesday, May 1, to secure your spot. Be sure to submit a deposit only to the college you plan to attend. Some colleges have pushed back their deadlines because of the FAFSA delays, so check your application portal. Questions? Contact your College Counselor: Ms. Matteucci (A-K) or Ms. Galluzzo (L-Z).
May 2 Senior Swag Day

Seniors, wear your swag day gear for a group photo on Thursday, May 2, during Mentor. Seniors are invited to wear a sweatshirt, t-shirt or other apparel highlighting their post-high school plans.

Due to the FAFSA delays, we recognize that not all students will know their decisions by this date. Please wear apparel for your post-high school plans to the best of your knowledge!

Seniors should go to their Mentor class for attendance and then walk to the photo location. PFSA will provide treats to celebrate the Class of 2024!

May 3 Pick Up Pre-Ordered Graduation Items All pre-ordered graduation items (cap, gown, announcements, etc.) can be picked up on Friday, May 3, during high school lunches outside Student Services. After May 3, pre-ordered graduation items can be picked up from the Attendance Office. Any honor or club cords earned will be distributed to seniors at the graduation rehearsal in June. 
May 17 College Decisions DUE in Scoir Seniors must update their college decisions in their Scoir account by Friday, May 17. Please indicate the college you will enroll in and all your decisions from the colleges you applied to. College counselors need this information to send final transcripts and maintain accurate records. Learn more in the email sent on March 15. If you have questions or need help navigating Scoir, please contact your College Counselor Ms. Matteucci (A-K) or Ms. Galluzzo (L-Z).
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 name on the Crusader wall on Thursday, May 30. Stop by the third-floor E-wing stairwell landing during both high school lunches to leave your signature mark!
May 31 Senior Tribute, Cap and Gown Photos

Senior Tribute is scheduled for Friday, May 31, at 11 a.m., in the Athletic Pavilion. This event is for seniors and their families only. Younger siblings are welcome to attend. Parents and guardians must communicate the EC sibling's absence through the Attendance Office. Seniors will not attend classes on this day and are dismissed to leave campus after the event. Professional dress is required for students. A small reception hosted by the junior class and PFSA will be held after the event.

Seniors must take cap and gown photos at 9 a.m. in the Mat Room. The school will provide cap and gown units for these photos; no need to bring your own. Please be on time for these photos so Senior Tribute is not delayed. These photos will be available for purchase from Lifetouch after the graduation ceremony.

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 Rehearsal Graduation rehearsal is on Friday, June 7, at 9:30 a.m., in the Athletic Pavilion. Rehearsal attendance is REQUIRED for seniors to participate in the graduation ceremony. Any honor and/or club cords earned and paid for will be distributed at this rehearsal. Seniors will be dismissed for the day once the rehearsal is finished.
June 7

 

Baccalaureate Mass

Baccalaureate Mass is on Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m., at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. Seniors must arrive by 6:45 p.m. Families should plan for traffic and parking.

Professional dress is required for students, and seniors will also wear their graduation gown, stole and any earned honor or club cords, but no graduation caps. It is recommended to press your gowns with a cool iron.

All family members are welcome to attend. Tickets are not required. The sophomore class and PFSA will host a small reception following the Mass.

View the Baccalaureate Mass Program

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

Baccalaureate Mass Livestream

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 should proceed to the main lobby of Benaroya Hall.

Professional dress is required for students. Seniors should also wear their graduation gown (zipped up), cap, tassel (on the right-hand side of the cap), stole and any earned honor and club cords. Please note that the aisle to the stage is relatively steep, and low-heeled shoes are strongly encouraged.

Due to strict Benaroya Hall rules, students CANNOT decorate graduation caps. Any decorated caps will be removed and returned after the ceremony concludes.

There are no capacity limitations at Benaroya Hall. Students can bring as many family members, friends and guests as they wish. Tickets are not required.

Parking is available in the Benaroya Hall garage and many nearby lots. Benaroya Hall is ADA-compliant and has 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 for the public.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for everyone. Please note the lobby is very congested before and after the ceremony. Before the start of the ceremony, we recommend communicating a place to meet with your senior and your family members after the ceremony concludes.

You can view the seating chart to see where your student will be sitting on stage.

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, gum, water bottles or noisemakers. Phones must be completely turned off and remain in your pocket (phones cannot be held) for the entire graduation ceremony.

Please note: Absolutely no food is allowed inside Benaroya Hall. This includes the auditorium and lobby area.

We kindly ask that all family members and guests remain seated during the graduation ceremony. A Lifetouch photographer will take photos of each graduate as they walk across the stage and receive their diploma. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated to ensure a smooth and memorable event for everyone.

After the ceremony, families can obtain the graduation ceremony photos directly from Lifetouch:

  • To access photos, text code 96799GY24 to 90738
  • Lifetouch will send you a text when the photos are ready to view and order
  • There is no obligation to purchase photos

View the Graduation Ceremony recording.

View the Graduation Ceremony program.

 

June 10

 

Grad Night 2024

Grad Night 2024 is a senior class parent-sponsored event and begins immediately following the graduation ceremony. Grad Night is an all-night, chaperoned event with dinner, breakfast, games, music, prizes and plenty of entertainment!

Seniors will depart directly from Benaroya Hall. Buses board at Benaroya Hall and will return to the EC campus on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 a.m. Please note: Seniors should arrange for someone to pick them up from Eastside Catholic on June 11 so they are not driving after staying up all night.

All participating seniors must complete the Emergency Care Plan and 2024 Senior Release forms before the event.

Seniors should also bring their overnight bag, clearly labeled with their name and the clothes they intend to wear for the event. EC staff members will collect bags in the Benaroya Hall lobby before the graduation ceremony. After the ceremony, seniors will return this overnight bag to a family member before departing on the buses. The destination is a surprise, but we recommend comfortable clothing, a sweatshirt and closed-toe shoes.

Grad Night scholarships are available so that every student can attend! Please complete this form to inquire about scholarships.

Questions about Grad Night? Please email ecgradnight2024@gmail.com.

June 25

 

Final Transcripts Submitted Final transcripts are automatically submitted through Scoir to the college indicated as "enrolling" on each senior's Scoir profile on Tuesday, June 25. Please note: A final transcript will not be sent if a senior does not identify their "enrolling" college in Scoir by Friday, June 21.