Senior Year Info

Class of 2022 Graduation: Thursday, May 26

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. We are all hopeful that conditions will be better in the spring, but we have also learned that this pandemic is not going away the way we would like. Some events 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 that this has been and will be a very special year for our seniors!


August 2021  Paint the Rock; 6-Word Memoir; Senior Sunrise Pancake Breakfast
October 14, 2021 Senior Dads Breakfast
December 2, 2021 3# Project
January 31, 2022 Senior Yearbook Tribute Finished Design Due
February 14, 2022 Senior Skip Day
March 10 – 21, 2022 Spring Break
April 5, 2022 Senior Beach Day, Tradewinds Island Resort (not a parent event)
April 7, 2022 Senior Moms’ Luncheon at Tampa Yacht and Country Club
April 9, 2022 Prom at the Orlo House and Ballroom
April 19, 2022 Senior Internship Paperwork Due to Advisors
April 29, 2022 Last Day of Classes for Seniors
April 29, 2022 Upper School Awards Grades 9-12/Societies Induction Ceremony
May 2 – 6 and 9 – 13, 2022 AP Exams
May 2 – 19, 2022 Senior Internships
May 20, 2022 Senior Day/Yearbook Day/Rock the Lot

May 26, 2022 Graduation at 4:00 p.m. 

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.balfourFL.com and will be delivered to your home. Deadline is February 10, 2022 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.

» What is Senior Beach Day?

In 2022, Senior Beach Day will be on April 5. 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 2022 lunch will be held on April 7  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 on April 9 at The Orlo House and Ballroom and runs from 7:00-1100 p.m. 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 29 is the last day of classes for seniors. If an AP class determines that class attendance is needed after April 29 the teacher will let the class know.

» AP Exams

AP Exams are held May 2 – 6 and 9 – 13, 2022 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 20. 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 Tuesday, April 19. 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 2 – Thursday, May 19. 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 on Thursday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m. in Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center. 

» When and where is Graduation? 

On Thursday, May 26, 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 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?

Yes, the seniors were given their regalia during their final week at school in April. If you have not already done so, 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 is available for guests who are unable to attend.  Click Here to Live Stream Graduation on Thursday, May 26 at 4pm. 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 Kristy Steel at ksteel@tampaprep.org or call 813-251-8481 x 4053 with any questions.