Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.
St. Ignatius Loyola
Dear Parents and Guardians of the Class of 2019,
Incredible as it seems, it is time to prepare for the celebration of the Class of 2019. On behalf of the administrators, faculty, and staff of Gonzaga Prep, I want to convey our congratulations to you and your senior student. We have many activities planned to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the Class of 2019. In the words of St. Ignatius, we hope to both share who our seniors have become and what they have accomplished. Through deeds, more than words, we also hope to show our love and appreciation to our graduating seniors.
In this letter, I will outline the key elements of Graduation Week from May 27-June 2. I have also attached a one-page calendar listing all the events. As you can see, there are many events that will make your student’s last month as a Bullpup memorable. This information will be placed on our website under the Parents link→Senior Information. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me or the senior class advisors: Peg Haun-McEwen or Stephen Manfred.
Senior Spirit Day
Senior Spirit Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28. Seniors do not attend classes on this day, but they will still be eligible for all co-curricular activities. We will begin with Mass at 8:00 am. Students will be transported from Prep to Ross Point in Post Falls. Students will return at 2:30 pm, in time for after school activities. Yearbooks are also distributed on this day. A permission slip is required and is accessible here.
Final Class Days
The week of May 27-31, we will have seven- period days with 8:00 am start times. There will be no late start this week.
Senior Finals & Graduation Practices
Unless a teacher has made different arrangements, seniors will take finals in periods 1, 2, 3 and 4 on Thursday, May 30. On Friday, May 31, seniors will take finals in periods 5, 6, and 7. We will be on a Friday bell schedule with the following class order: Periods 7, 6, Break, 5, 4, 3, Lunch, 2, 1.
After final tests have been taken on Thursday and Friday all seniors are asked to go immediately to graduation practice. Students must attend both practices to participate in Graduation on Sunday. Students also receive their caps and gowns at practice and information about the Senior All Nighter.
Baccalaureate Mass at St. Aloysius Church
We hope that all of our graduates and their families can join us for this liturgical celebration on Saturday, June 1, at 1:00 pm. Students will wear their graduation robes to this event. Students are free to sit with their families rather than sitting together as a class. Generally, this Mass lasts about 90 minutes. The church is full for this event and finding a parking spot may take some time - an early arrival is encouraged. However, the church will not be open for seating until 12:00 pm.
We look forward to Graduation at The First Interstate Center for the Arts, Sunday June 2nd, at 1:00 pm. Tickets are not required for attendance. The First Interstate Center for the Arts will open at 12:00 pm for general, first-come, first-serve seating. We ask that everyone be seated by 12:45 pm. We will begin our procession exactly at 1:00 pm. There is limited space for people using wheelchairs. If this is a necessity for a family member, please arrive early. The senior slideshow will play several times between 12:00-1:00 pm.
In recent years, we have strengthened our focus on the academic nature of our Commencement ceremony. Our faculty members wear academic regalia, including hoods, which correctly depict in color and style their own academic achievements.
Basic dress for young men at Baccalaureate and Graduation are dress shoes, dress pants, and collared dress shirts with ties. Neatly groomed hair is also expected. Basic dress for young women is dresses, skirts, pants, and blouses appropriate for a formal social setting. There is a fair amount of walking involved and students should choose shoes accordingly. For Commencement, only the approved graduation robes, stoles, caps and honor cords authorized by Gonzaga Prep are to be worn. Students should not wear sunglasses, leis or other personal items during the ceremony.
We strongly urge our families to refrain from using air horns and other noise-making devices to show their support. We welcome friends and family to applaud the graduates’ achievements, therefore we do not ask you to hold your applause until the end of the reading of graduates' names.
Dorian Studios will have a photographer at Graduation to take a photo of your graduate. Order forms will be given to the graduates at rehearsal and more forms will be available at the Convention Center on the day of graduation.
We are very grateful to Joleen Cooney, Sandra Anthony and the family volunteers who have worked so hard to prepare a great send-off for the Class of 2019. The event takes place at Triple Play in Hayden Lake, Idaho (175 West Orchard Avenue; 83835-9630; 208-762-7529). The fee is $72.50 per senior. Payment can be made in the Treasurer’s Office in Hurley Hall or on the Gonzaga Prep website. The bus transporting seniors to Triple Play will leave on Sunday, June 2, from two locations and will return to Prep at 4:00 am on Monday morning. Details of bus locations, information about volunteer opportunities, and other needs for the event can be found HERE, or you may email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for signing your senior up for this event is May 15.
Transcripts & Tuition
Transcripts will not be released until all library and parking fines have been paid, JUG hours are served, school property loaned to students is returned and tuition is paid or satisfactory arrangements made. If you expect to have an outstanding balance on your student's tuition account at graduation, please contact the Treasurer's Office to make payment arrangements.
I am very grateful for all the support that you, the parents and guardians of the Class of 2019, have shown to these students and to the Gonzaga Prep community over the past four years. I hope that your personal familiarity with what happens at Prep every day has led you to believe, as I do, that Gonzaga Prep is truly the best high school in Spokane. I look forward to celebrating the achievements of our students with you during graduation weekend. Congratulations on successfully navigating your sons and daughters to graduation.
May Christ’s peace bless you and your families,