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Senior Year Info

Class of 2023 Graduation: May TBD

Important Dates for Seniors

PLEASE NOTE: All events are subject to change. 

August 17, 2022  Paint the Rock; 6-Word Memoir; Senior Sunrise Pancake Breakfast
September 13 TPPA 12th Grade Parent Coffee
October 21, 2022 TPPA Senior Tailgate Lunch
December 2022 3# Project
January 31, 2023 Senior Yearbook Tribute Finished Design Due
February 13, 2023 Senior Skip Day
March 9 – 20, 2023 Spring Break
April 4, 2023 Senior Beach Day, Tradewinds Island Resort (not a parent event)
April 5, 2023 Senior Moms’ Luncheon at Tampa Yacht and Country Club
April 22, 2023 Prom at the Straz Center
April 2023 Senior Internship Paperwork Due to Advisors
April 28, 2023 Last Day of Classes for Seniors
April 28, 2023 Upper School Awards Grades 9-12/Societies Induction Ceremony
May 1 – 12, 2023 AP Exams
May 2023 Senior Internships
May 19, 2023 Senior Day/Yearbook Day/Rock the Lot

May 2023 Graduation (the Straz Center will confirm date in January) 

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 www.balfour.com and will be delivered to your home. Deadline is February 9, 2023 to avoid late fees and price increases. 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.  Senior Skip Day is typically the Monday after the SuperBowl (which will be Monday, February 13, 2023).

» What is Senior Beach Day?

In 2023, Senior Beach Day will be in April 4. 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 Moms’ 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 2023 lunch will be held April 5 at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. 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 April 22, 2023 at the Straz Center. As always, the Prom is for Juniors and Seniors. More details will be shared soon.

» When is the last day of classes for seniors?

April 28 is the last day of classes for seniors. If an AP class determines that class attendance is needed after April 28 the teacher will let the class know.

» AP Exams

AP Exams are scheduled for May 1 – 12, 2023 at Tampa Prep and students are registered for the exams by the school. 

» What is Senior Day/Yearbook Day?

Senior Day/Yearbook Day will be held on May 19. Seniors begin the day by decorating their cars in the parking lot. They will practice for graduation, receive their cap and gown, have an all-school cookout, watch the Yearbook slideshow and enjoy an all-school assembly where Seniors are announced and get called to the front. 

» 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. The deadline for setting up the Internship is typically in mid-April. Exact date TBD. Ideally, Seniors should have committed to an internship earlier in the spring. The selection calendar (green sheets with calendar and sponsor information) should be turned into Senior Advisors by the deadline. Seniors will intern for a total of 70 hours (less 10 hours for each AP class being taken), Monday, May 1 – Thursday, May 18. 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

Graduation will be held in late May (date TBD. Straz will confirm in January) at Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center. 

» When and where is Graduation? 

Graduation will be held in late May (date TBD) 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 4:00 p.m. Please be in your seat no later than 3:45 p.m.

» Do I need tickets to attend Graduation? 

No, we do not issue tickets for this event.

» How many guests can I invite to attend Graduation? 

There is no limit to the number of guests who can attend and there is no charge. Bring one, bring all!

» Graduation Cap, Tassel and Gown: should my child have them?

The seniors will be given their regalia during their final week at school in April. Please hang the gown up and air it out. The cap, gown, and tassel are yours to keep.

» What should Seniors wear to Graduation? 

Beneath their gowns, girls typically wear nice skirts and blouses, dresses or a suit; boys typically wear a dress shirt and slacks – some will wear a tie and jacket. When they are in their gowns, the visible part of the outfit will be the shoes. No flip-flops or athletic shoes should be worn.

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

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) between 1:00 and 1:15 p.m. to begin Graduation practice. They should be fully dressed and ready for the Graduation ceremony. Pictures will be taken immediately upon arrival.

» When do the doors open for families and how are families seated at the Straz Center for Graduation? 

The doors to the Straz Center Lobby will open at 3:00 p.m.. Doors to the Straz Theater will also open at 3:00 p.m.at which time you can choose your seat. 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 3:45 p.m., fifteen minutes prior to 4:00 p.m. At 4:00 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 we park for Graduation?

We have secured parking at the UT West Parking Garage and will provide shuttle service to Straz. There is no charge for parking or the shuttle service. This shuttle service will begin at 2:45pm. Look for the Tampa Prep bus in front of the UT Straz Hall. That is the dorm next to the UT baseball field directly across the street from the parking garage. In addition, there are numerous public parking garages/lots in downtown Tampa in proximity to Straz Center. Finally, there are a limited number of handicapped and additional spaces available in the Straz Arrival Plaza at a cost of $20/vehicle payable to the parking attendant. 

» How long is the ceremony?

Historically, the Tampa Prep Graduation ceremony lasts for 90 minutes. The event will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. and should conclude at around 5:30 p.m.

» Can I livestream the event?

Yes, a livestream will be available for guests who are unable to attend. A recording of the ceremony will be accessible through the Tampa Prep website starting on the following day. 

» Can my child decorate their cap?

Yes, graduates are permitted to tastefully decorate the tops of their caps. We do not permit any additional decorations on the gowns such as a corsage. The graduates will look great in their red gowns!

» Will any formal pictures be taken of my child? 

Yes, we have hired Studio Artistry to take formal photos of every graduate in their gown holding a diploma.

» I have more questions, who do I contact? Please email Andrea Cafaro at acafaro@tampaprep.org or call 813-251-8481 x 4053 with any questions.

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