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 Marianella Mazzeo if you have other questions about the end of year events for seniors.

Class of 2023: Important Dates and Deadlines

August 16, 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 in order 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 recommended 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 Mr. Nassersaeid (L-Z).

August 22 Digital College Fair Students can register for a wide variety of colleges that will be visiting EC digitally the week of August 22. Visiting with colleges, virtually or in person, is an important part of the application process.
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 here.

Sept. 6

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. 7

School Day SAT Registration Closes We are offering the SAT for seniors only. Seniors must register for the test through EC rather than the CollegeBoard. 

Sept. 24

 

Senior Pilgrimage Our Senior Pilgrimage is a 12-mile hike on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. This hike and retreat is open only to current Eastside Catholic School seniors and additional information will be communicated to senior students and their families. 
Sept. 30 Naviance/Common App Sync DEADLINE Naviance and Common App sync is required of all seniors applying to college. If seniors have not synced their accounts, school supplemental materials cannot be submitted to colleges.
Sept. 30 DEADLINE: Recommendation Letters Last day to request teacher letters of recommendation for early applications. 
October 1 Transcripts Sent Initial transcripts are automatically sent out by your college counselor to all colleges listed in your Naviance account. 
October 1 College Counselor Meeting DEADLINE Deadline to meet with college counselor if senior has an October 15 college application deadline. Counselors need time to write their student recommendations and prioritize these based on due dates.  
October 8 Senior Cruise Location and event TBD based on venue protocols. Questions? Contact Senior Advisor Mr. LaBelle.
October 12 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 opted not to take this exam may meet with their college counselor to work on applications or have the day off.
October 20 Cap and Gown Presentation

This is a required event for seniors. A National Achiever/Herff Jones representative will be on campus on October 20 to meet with seniors during Tutorial in the Chapel to explain how to place an order.

All seniors are required to have a cap, gown, tassel and sash for graduation. Families can also purchase graduation announcements and other Class of 2023 items.

October 31 Diploma Name Confirmation DUE

An email will be sent October 17 to parents and seniors to confirm the name that will be printed on the senior student's diploma. Families entered this information in the 2022-23 Online School Packet (OSP).

Questions? Contact Student Services Coordinator Ms. Mazzeo.

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 Mr. Nassersaeid (L-Z).
November 3 Cap and Gown Order Forms DUE

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

November 15 UW Applications DUE 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 Nov. 1 and Nov. 30. Questions? Contact your College Counselor Ms. Matteucci (A-K) or Mr. Nassersaeid (L-Z).
December 12 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 12, 1/2-page ads are $200 and 1/4-page ads are $100. Ad prices increase after December 12. 

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 Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

December 12

 

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 12. 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 Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

December 12

 

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 GoCru. Please 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 Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

December 30 College Kickstart Access Closes

College Kickstart access ends for seniors. 

December 31 Cap and Gown Orders - Final Deadline

All seniors must submit their order form for National Achiever/Herff Jones graduation items by December 31.

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

January 1 Regular Decision Common App DUE If you're applying for regular decision with the Common App, applications are due on this day. Questions? Contact your College Counselor Ms. Matteucci (A-K) or Mr. Nassersaeid (L-Z).
January 15 Yearbook Orders with nameplates DUE

Yearbooks for the 2022-23 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 January 15. The final deadline for all yearbook orders is March 20. 

Questions? Please contact Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

January 31 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. Contact College Counselor Ms. Matteucci (A-K) or Mr. Nassersaeid (L-Z).
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 13 - January 31, 1/2-page ads are $220 and 1/4-page ads are $120. 

Seniors 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 Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

March 6 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 - March 6, 1/2-page ads are $240 and 1/4-page ads are $140. 

No ads will be accepted after March 6.

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 Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

March 29 Formal Group Portrait

Seniors will gather in the courtyard for a formal portrait during EC3 period. 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.

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. LaBelle to be included in the Senior Tribute slideshow.
April 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 25 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 on Tuesday, April 25, 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.
April 30 Yearbook Orders DUE

Yearbooks for the 2022-23 school year can be ordered from the Herff Jones website using the school code 6287.

The final deadline for all yearbook orders is April 30. 

Questions? Please contact Yearbook Advisor Mr. Kok.

May 1 College Deposit Due FINAL deposits are required to ONE college, if attending. Questions? Contact your College Counselor Ms. Matteucci (A-K) or Mr. Nassersaeid (L-Z).
May 1 Senior Swag Day

Wear your Decision Day swag for the group photo during Break at 8:40 a.m. Wear a sweatshirt, t-shirt, or other apparel or swag highlighting your post-high school plans. Location TBD.

All pre-ordered graduation items (cap, gown, announcements, etc.) can be picked up on this day during both school lunches. Any honor or club cords earned will be distributed to seniors at the graduation rehearsal in June.

A senior tradition, seniors should also stop by the third floor E wing stairwell landing during both school lunches to leave their signature mark on the Crusader wall.

May 5 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 in order to send final school documents.  
May 16

 

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 19 Senior Tribute

Senior Tribute is scheduled for Friday, May 19 at 9:30 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 7 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. A reception hosted by the junior class will follow Senior Tribute. Seniors will not attend classes this day and are dismissed to leave after the event and reception.

May 20 High School Prom Additional information, including the location of Prom, will be communicated to high school students and families during the school year. Questions? Contact Director of Student Life Ms. Flores.
May 31 - June 1 Final Exams for Seniors Senior finals will take place in class on Wednesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 1. Seniors are expected to attend all classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, even if they do not have exams. This week will be a regular bell schedule for all students.
June 2 Graduation Ceremony Rehearsal

The graduation ceremony rehearsal is scheduled for Friday, June 2, 11 a.m. in the Gym. 

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

June 2

 

Baccalaureate Mass

Baccalaureate Mass is Friday, June 2 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.

June 5

 

Class of 2023 Graduation

 

The Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony is Monday, June 5, 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 that need assistance before opening the doors to the public.

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 5

 

Grad Night 2023

Grad Night 2023 begins after the graduation ceremony on June 5 and is a parent-sponsored event. Additional details will be sent as we get closer to the event.

Questions? Please contact EC Parents Vicki Harbottle and April D’Antonio.

June 22

 

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 22 and a final college has not been identified, a final transcript will not be sent.