Senior Year Info

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 www.balfourfl.com 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.

» 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 near the end of the school year. 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?

In a typical year, our expectation is that beneath their gowns, girls wear nice skirts and blouses or dresses; boys  wear a jacket, tie and slacks. No flip-flops or athletic shoes may be worn. Since we will have graduation outdoors in late May, it is likely to be warm. Students should dress nicely in a manner that allows them to be comfortable in the heat.

Who gets a cord to wear at Graduation? 

Seniors who graduate in one of the Concentrations will wear a cord for graduation. Those cords will be handed out the day of graduation.

Where and what time is Graduation?

Graduation will be held on May 26 at 8:00 p.m. on the Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Field at Tampa Prep.

How many guests can I invite to attend Graduation?

Each family will be seated together in a pod that will accommodate up to 8 chairs. Each pod will be distanced, but within each pod the chairs will not be distanced. Families will be allowed to sit in their family pod only. If you have extenuating circumstances please contact Kristy Steel.

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.