Dear Parents and Members of the Senior Class,
With our sights set on graduation, I wanted to invite you to participate fully in all the farewell activities for the Class of 2023. It is my earnest hope that all of our graduation events will be the kind of dignified and joyful celebration that all of us deserve after so much effort, hard work and sacrifice because each of these events is a genuine milestone, which will be remembered for a lifetime. Each senior is expected to excel with regard to dress, behavior and schedule. Please review this letter with your son.
SCHOOL AWARDS ASSEMBLY: We are pleased to honor our graduating seniors and underclassmen at the School Awards Assembly. These awards recognize the outstanding service, involvement and accomplishments of members of the Loyola student community, who incarnate our school’s philosophy and goals. If a senior has received a scholarship, grant or honor in conjunction with his admission to college, please bring or send a photocopy of the award to Barbara Jamison in the Main Office by Friday, May 5th, for inclusion in the School Awards Program. You may also email the information from the awarding institution to email@example.com. Only those awards that are associated with the college where a senior will matriculate will be printed.
GRADUATION PRACTICE: Graduation practice will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 1st. Attendance is mandatory if your son wishes to participate in graduation ceremonies. There are no exceptions. If a senior is not present at 12:15 p.m., we will assume that you and he have chosen not to participate in the Baccalaureate Mass and the Commencement Exercises. During the practice, the seniors will be given their caps, gowns, yearbook and four (4) tickets for the reserved seating for the Commencement Ceremony. No more than four tickets will be given for the reserved seating, although there is no limit to the number of guests one may invite to Commencement. Practice will run until we are finished. The approximate time for dismissal will be 2:30 p.m.
BACCALAUREATE LITURGY AND RECEPTION: The Baccalaureate Liturgy will be held on Friday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in Caruso Hall. Because of space limitations, this event must be limited to the senior’s immediate family. Tickets are not needed for Mass. Seniors are asked to report to their assigned classrooms at 6:30 p.m.; the procession into Caruso Hall will begin at 6:45 p.m.
ATTIRE FOR GRADUATES AT LITURGY: Dress shirt, tie, dress slacks, dress shoes and socks and gown. Please be sure your son does not bring his academic mortarboard (cap) this evening, as it is not worn at the Baccalaureate Liturgy.
Following the Baccalaureate Liturgy, I hope you will join us as we honor our seniors with a reception in the Malloy Commons. The reception is a time to gather informally with the administrators, faculty and the many friends of the seniors. It is also a great time for photos with your sons and the faculty in their academic attire.
GRADUATION AND BACCALAUREATE LITURGY LIVESTREAM: The streams for the liturgy and commencement can be found at cubcast.org; the stream is embedded on the front page. The other option is for people to search John Malloy Broadcast Club on their YouTube apps (smart TVs and devices) and the streams will be on the channel.
154th COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES: The Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at 9:00 a.m. Seating is reserved (four tickets per graduate) until 8:45 a.m. At 8:45 a.m. all seating is open on a first-come basis. There is no limit to the number of people who may be seated. We encourage you to carpool as parking is limited. Please be advised that you should probably not make plans for after graduation festivities until about 1:00 p.m. as this is another opportunity for photos and conversation. The graduates will also need to return their gowns to their assigned rooms before leaving campus. The graduates may keep their cap.
ATTIRE FOR GRADUATES: The attire for the Commencement Exercises will be the same as the Baccalaureate Liturgy. However, the mortarboard (cap) is worn at the Commencement Ceremony. Seniors are asked to report to their assigned classrooms in Loyola Hall at 8:30 a.m. The academic procession for the conferral of diplomas will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. During the ceremony, the eight most prestigious awards will be conferred. The chosen Valedictorian for the Class of 2023 will deliver the Valedictory Address during the ceremony.
I WISH TO REMIND YOU THAT NO DIPLOMA WILL BE ISSUED IF:
- the Dean and Administration witness a breach of decorum at Commencement or any graduation event;
- there is any remaining financial obligation to the school;
- the student fails a course during this final semester
- the student has failed to complete any other requirement for graduation, e.g., the Christian Service requirement;
- the student fails to return his rented gown;
- the student has outstanding obligations to the Dean’s Office, Library or Athletic Department. If any of the above obligations is a potential issue, please attend to it immediately to avoid last-minute anguish and disappointment.
As we celebrate the 154th Commencement Exercises of Loyola High School of Los Angeles, we look forward to these ceremonies that honor all the members of the Class of 2023 for the ways they have excelled as students, gentlemen and sons of Loyola. They inherited a very rich tradition four years ago when they began their Loyola careers.
We are gratified the way so many members of this class have embraced Loyola’s tradition of excellence in all things. We pray that they will continue to grow to be men of conscience, competence and compassion as they move to the next set of challenges in their lives.
We are most grateful for your cooperation and collaboration over these past very important years and for the many sacrifices you have made on behalf of your sons.
We very much look forward to your continued association with Loyola as friends and alumni.
P.S. Since graduation festivities are handled by many different offices, you may email me general questions at firstname.lastname@example.org