Overview of Important Dates for Seniors

February 3, 2020 Senior Skip Day

March 13-23, 2020 Spring Break

March 27, 2020 Upper School Societies’ Induction Assembly

March 31, 2020 Senior Beach Day, Tradewinds Island Resort  (not a parent event)

April 1, 2020 Senior Moms’ Luncheon: Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club, 1601 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, 33629

April 14, 2020 Choose Senior Internship Sponsor (turn green form into advisor)

April 18, 2020 Prom, Straz Center

April 23, 2020 Seniors Dismissed from Tampa Prep at 12:50 p.m.

April 24, 2020 Senior Day / Yearbook Day / Rock the Lot / Last Day of  Classes for Seniors (not a parent event)

April 27-May 15, 2020 Senior Internships

May 4-8, 2020 AP Exams

May 11-15, 2020 AP Exams

May 18, 2020 Senior Celebration Dinner, Armature Works, 6:00 p.m.

May 21, 2020 Graduation – Straz Center, Carol Morsani Hall at 7:00 p.m.


» 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. Balfour visited Tampa Prep seniors to hand out information and order packets for school rings and graduation announcements. These may be ordered online at www.balfourfl.com. If you have questions please visit Balfour’s website for answers.

» Graduation Announcements, I ordered them from Balfour, how will I get them?

Announcements that are ordered through Balfour will be delivered to Tampa Prep. Once they arrive, Mrs. Steel will email the Seniors to let them know the announcements can be picked up in her office.

» 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?

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. 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. This lunch will be April 1,2020 at Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club, 1601 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629. This event is sponsored by TPPA, and organized by Junior parents. Dress is business casual.

» What is Senior Day/Yearbook Day?

Senior Day/Yearbook Day is the last regular day of classes for Seniors. Seniors begin the day by decorating their cars in the parking lot. They will practice for graduation, receive their cap and gown, and enjoy an all-school cookout. At 1:00 p.m. the entire school will meet in the gym where Seniors announce the college they will attend and get called down to the gym floor. The yearbook slide show is enjoyed and then yearbooks are passed out.

» AP Exams

AP Exams are held at Tampa Prep. View the exam schedule here

» Senior Celebration

On Monday, May 18 at 6:00 pm Senior parents, Seniors, and if you would like close relatives and guests are invited to come to Armature Works (1910 N. Ola Avenue, Tampa) to enjoy an evening of talent, awards and dinner. There is no charge for seniors, but family members and guests will be charged $50 per person. There will not be assigned seating. Seating will be done on a first come, first served basis. Pre-purchased tickets are required for this event. A link to purchase tickets will be shared later in the year.

» Senior Internships

Successful completion of the Senior Internship Program is a requirement of graduation. Starting in January, Seniors will be counseled through the process of finding and preparing for internships. Information about Senior Internships will be mailed home to families of Seniors in January. Seniors will also learn details about the program during class seminar time. Ideally, Seniors should have committed to an internship early in the spring. The calendar (green sheets with calendar and sponsor information) should be turned into Senior Advisors by the deadline noted above. Seniors will intern for a total of 70 hours (less 10 hours for each AP class being taken). Please talk with your senior’s advisor if more information is needed. Additionally, it is mandatory that Seniors blog each week of their Internship.

» Graduation Information

Cap, Tassel and Gown: should I have already ordered them?

We have already measured for and ordered Seniors’ cap, tassel and gown. The Seniors will receive their cap, tassel and gown on Senior Day. Please hang the gown up and air it out. You will keep the cap and gown, tassel and if earned and received, honor cord.

What should Seniors wear to Graduation?

Beneath their gowns, girls can wear nice skirts and blouses or dresses; boys can wear a jacket, tie and slacks. No flip-flops or athletic shoes may be worn.

Should my Senior have a special cord for being in NHS, Cum Laude or a Concentration?

There is no cord for Cum Laude. Honor cords for NHS and Concentrations will be handed out the day of graduation.

Where and what time is Graduation?

Graduation will be held in the Carol Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts which is located at 1010 N. WC MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602. Graduation ceremonies begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Please be in your seat no later than 6:45 p.m.

What time should SENIORS arrive at Straz and where do they go?

Seniors participate in a morning practice at the Straz.

MORNING PRACTICE:  10:30 a.m. Practice will last until approximately 12:30 p.m.
GRADUATION: 5:30 p.m. Graduation will last until approximately 8:30 p.m.

For the main event, SENIORS should park at Tampa Prep and walk across the bridge to get to Straz or pay to park in the William F. Poe Garage, 800 N. Ashley Drive. SENIORS should arrive at the big door under the awning located near the loading dock on MacInnes Place at Straz Center (on the east side of the Straz building). Faculty and security will meet the seniors at the door.

How many guests can I invite to attend Graduation?

There is no limit to the number of guests who can attend.

When do the doors open and how does seating at the Straz Center work for Graduation?

The doors to the Straz Center will open at a time to be determined. Other than a number of front rows reserved for the ceremony, seating for Graduation is on a first come, first served basis. Ushers at the Straz Center will help seat everyone. We ask that you are in your seats no later than 6:45 p.m., 15 minutes prior to 7:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., the Seniors will process in.

Is the Straz Center accessible to persons with disabilities?

Wheelchair accessible seating is available. A limited number of infrared listening system wireless headphones are available. Please go to the house management desk upon arrival to be issued the headphones.

Where should families park for Graduation?

Parking for Graduation is available at the William Poe Garage – 800 N. Ashley Drive. Rates vary depending on the length of stay. The Poe Garage is only accessible from Ashley Drive.

I have more questions about Graduation. Who do I contact?

Please email Kristy Steel at ksteel@tampaprep.org or call 813-251-8481 x 4053.