Senior Year Info

Class of 2021 Graduation Information
Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Field
Wednesday, May 26 at 8:00 p.m.

Students, faculty and trustees will process into Shimberg Field at 8:00 p.m. for the final gathering of the Class of 2021. The Graduation ceremony is not open to the public, and each graduate will have one family box for up to eight people. We will be live streaming the ceremony for anyone interested in watching. The live stream can be accessed through this link. Specific information about the ceremony for seniors and their guests is below. 


What time do SENIORS need to arrive?
Please arrive at campus at 6:00 p.m.

Where should SENIORS park?
Seniors should park in the Julian B. Lane lot adjacent to Tampa Prep and enter school through the front lobby.

Once at school, where should SENIORS go?
Seniors should check in at the front lobby. Once inside, students will be directed to a location to have a formal Graduation photo taken by Studio Artistry. After the photo, students will be directed to the gym where they will gather as a class and receive instructions about the ceremony.

What are the health and safety protocols for SENIORS?
Seniors should wear a mask as they arrive at school and while they are in the buildings. We will be issuing masks to all students and faculty who are participating in the ceremony to be worn as part of the processional. Once students have been seated, they can choose whether or not they wish to wear their masks. We will not be doing temperature checks or requiring Magnus to be completed, but if you are not feeling well, we ask that you remain at home and not risk infecting others. If this unfortunate situation were to occur, we will recognize every student at Graduation whether they are present or not, and the entire ceremony will be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing.

What is the appropriate attire for SENIORS to wear under their gowns?
It will be a warm evening, with current forecasts predicting a temperature in the high 80s at the beginning of the ceremony. Seniors should wear comfortable attire under their gowns that meet the expectations of their own family dynamic. Seniors will be permitted to unzip their gowns if they are hot during the ceremony. Everyone should be in their full regalia for the processional and for the presentation of the diplomas. We strongly advise against wearing heels. It is almost impossible to walk on the turf field without flat shoes.


What time does Graduation begin?
The Graduation processional will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. We ask that families/guests be seated in your family box no later than 7:45 p.m.

What time do the gates open to Shimberg Field for Graduation?
Families/guests of seniors with the last name beginning A-F should enter Shimberg Field through the west gate off of the front circle at school. Families/guests of seniors with the last name beginning G-Z should enter Shimberg Field through the south gate on the Cass St. side of the field. Gates open to families/guests of seniors at 6:45 p.m. Please be in your seats no later than 7:45 p.m.

There are a limited number of spaces available on the Tampa Prep campus and in the Julian B. Lane parking lot adjacent to campus. If those spaces are full, we suggest you park at the University of Tampa West Garage which is located on North Boulevard just south of Cass St. There are a number of handicapped parking spaces available on the Tampa Prep campus that will be allocated by campus security on a first come first serve basis.

There is an assigned seating area for each graduate of the class of 2021. Upon arrival to Shimberg Field, attendees will be guided to the box reserved for the graduating senior. (Seniors will be seated together as a class in front of the stage.) Within each box there will be eight chairs set up, and allocation of the seats can be determined by each family. Families do not need to use all eight seats, but we will not allow chairs to be moved between boxes. 

What are the health and safety protocols for the ceremony?
We ask that you wear a mask as you enter and exit Shimberg Field, but once you are in your family box, masks are optional. We will not be doing temperature checks or requiring health forms to be turned in, but if you are not feeling well, we ask that you remain at home and watch the livestream.

How long will the Graduation ceremony last?
The Graduation ceremony will last until 9:30/10:00 p.m.

What is appropriate attire for the ceremony?
It is an outdoor event in the late spring in Tampa, which means it will be warm. It is most definitely not a black-tie affair! People will look nice, but feel free to wear attire that will allow you to be comfortable. Please note that we strongly advise against wearing heels. It is almost impossible to walk on the turf field without flat shoes.

Important Dates for Seniors

PLEASE NOTE: The timeline for all events will be evaluated to ensure each can be conducted safely, thus all events are subject to change. Some will happen as planned, some may be postponed, others may become virtual. Please thoroughly read all emails from the School for updates, and rest assured we will make this a very special year for our seniors!

August 2020

  • Paint the Rock
  • 6-Word Memoir
  • Senior Sunrise pancake breakfast

October 2020 Senior Dads Breakfast

December 2020 3# Project

January 2021 Senior Yearbook Tributes due

February 2021 Senior Skip Day

March 2021

  • Spring Break

April 2021

  • Senior Moms’ Luncheon
  • Senior Beach Day, Tradewinds Island Resort (not a parent event)
  • Prom

April – May 2021 Senior Internships (optional)

May 2021

  • Last Day of Classes for Seniors
  • AP Exams
  • Senior Celebration Event
  • Graduation

Senior Year FAQ

» Senior Pictures

Seniors should have completed or at least booked their portrait session. If they have not, they should contact Studio Artistry as soon as possible, 813-873-7959.

» How do I place a Yearbook Tribute / Ad?

Click the Yearbook tab in this section of the portal for details.

» Graduation Announcements, I don’t have any, should I have already ordered them?

An option for ordering graduation announcements is Balfour. These may be ordered online at and will be delivered to your home. If you have questions please visit Balfour’s website for answers.

» What is Senior Skip Day?

Seniors are not required to attend school. Instead this is a day for them to “legally” skip their classes. If Seniors would like to or need to attend school, they are welcome to attend.

» What is Senior Beach Day?

In 2021, Senior Beach Day will be on April 6. Typically seniors come to school at the normal time, depart school around 9:00 a.m. and will be taken to the Tradewinds Resort on St. Pete Beach. We are still working on transportation details and will share them after spring break. Beach attire, with appropriate cover up, should be worn. Don’t forget sunscreen. A beach-side buffet lunch will be served. Seniors will return to school by the end of the school day.

» Senior Mom’s Luncheon…. who, what, where?

This luncheon has become a popular tradition for the Senior moms and is a great opportunity to socialize and reminisce. The 2021 lunch will be held on April 8 at Tampa Yacht and Country Club. It will be held outside with the most distancing possible. This event is sponsored by TPPA, and organized by Junior parents. Dress is typically business casual.

» When is the Junior/Senior Prom?

This year the Prom will be held on April 24. As always, the Prom is for Juniors and Seniors. A formal dinner will be served. More details will be shared soon.

» What is Senior Day/Yearbook Day?

Senior Day/Yearbook Day is typically the held last regular day of classes for Seniors. We do expect to celebrate the seniors, but the date is TBD. We will try to keep as many aspects as possible from past years, but we are still planning and will share details as they are determined.

» When is the last day of classes for seniors?

May 7 is the last day of classes for seniors. If an AP class determines class attendance is needed after May 7 the teacher will let the class know.

» AP Exams

AP Exams are held at Tampa Prep and students are registered for the exams by the school. The College Board has offered two different test dates due to COVID, but it is most likely that seniors will take the exams in the original window from May 3-17.

» Senior Celebration Event

Traditionally, senior parents, seniors, close relatives and guests are invited to come to a gathering near the date of graduation to enjoy an evening of talent, awards and dinner. The 2021 Senior Celebration format and date are TBD, but we plan on having some version of this event in the middle of May.

» Senior Internships

Participation in the Senior Internship Program is usually a graduation requirement, but this year the program is not mandatory. We will support any Seniors who wish to do an internship. Many businesses are not comfortable hosting students but we do have an active alumni base who want to help. Any Seniors who want to do an internship should see Mr. Carlson.