Senior Update

January 9, 2018

Dear Senior Parents/Guardians and Seniors,

It is hard to believe that we are nearing second semester, and graduation for the class of 2018 is approaching. Below are key senior event dates and locations including prom, senior luncheon, and graduation. You will be receiving more detailed information as we approach the dates.

We are currently soliciting financial sponsors for the graduation program and graduation flowers. Please contact me at if you are interested in donating. All sponsor names will be included in the graduation program.


Michelle Mowery


April 23-30 – Tickets for Senior Prom go on sale during all lunch periods. Tickets will not be sold after these dates. The current price of prom is $125 per person.

*All senior debts must be paid in advance of buying senior prom tickets.

May 14 – Each senior may buy 2 additional graduation tickets for $10 each starting on May 14. See Ms. Mowery in the Media Center, room 313, during all lunch periods and enrichments. Seniors will receive 5 free tickets; seniors do not need a ticket for themselves.

May 25 – Senior Prom at the Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place, 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Dinner is served promptly at 7:00 p.m.

June 6 – Senior Luncheon will take place after seminars from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. with business casual dress; seniors meet at Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie St. (no transportation is provided); this is a seniors-only event and sponsored by FOP.

June 7 – Senior awards are given to select seniors by each academic department during the enrichment period (2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) in the recital hall. If your student is selected, you will be notified through the email address(es) on record after the selection process and invited to attend the awards ceremony. Students who have attended the full school day will receive their yearbook order after the ceremony.

June 8 – Graduation practice will be in the recital hall during the enrichment period, 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; 5 graduation tickets and graduation robes will be distributed only to those students who have turned in a signed commencement guidelines form and have attended the full school day. Seniors do not need a graduation ticket for themselves. Any extra tickets will also be available for sale for $10 each.

June 11 Graduation at Navy Pier, Aon Grand Ballroom, 840 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; students arrive at 3:15 p.m., and guests are seated at 4:30 p.m. Each senior will receive 5 free tickets and be able to purchase 2 additional tickets for $10 each (see above).  

June 12 – Diplomas can be picked up and robes must be returned between 12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. in the third floor atrium near room 313. All fees must be paid and robes must be returned before students receive a diploma. A late fee will apply for robes returned after the designated time. 

Class of 2018 Graduation at Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier

Monday, June 11    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Graduate Drop-Off: Entrance 2, 3:15 p.m.

What time should graduates arrive at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier on Monday, June 11?

Arrival time for graduates is 3:15 p.m. Students should not bring valuables or purses with them because there is no secure location for their items. Graduates should have robes, caps, and tassels when they are dropped off as they will be lining up immediately for a quick practice.

What time should guests arrive?

All family members and guests will be allowed into the Aon Grand Ballroom at 4:30 p.m. and will choose their seats on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are valid for both the first floor as well as the balcony. Only guests with tickets will be admitted. Graduation will begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Where should persons with disabilities enter more easily?

Entrance 2 is the closest drop-off area for graduates as well as persons with disabilities.

What if I need special disability accommodations?

Seating will begin at 4:15 p.m. for those who need special assistance.  There are no wheelchairs available so please plan to bring your own if necessary. We will have several NHS juniors available to help seat those who need extra help.

Where should I park?

Navy Pier parking is $28 for the entire day. There are no special discounts available. There is a free trolley that Navy Pier runs as well:

You may also want to consult a parking app such as SpotHero.

Are there any items that I may not bring into the area?

Because of the high ceiling, balloons are strictly forbidden. Please leave balloons in another location because they will not be allowed in the facility.

Will a photographer be taking pictures of the graduates?

Stuart-Rodgers Photography will be taking professional photographs of the graduates as they receive their diplomas. These pictures will be available for purchase. You will receive information about the pictures through an email after the ceremony.