A Catholic, college-preparatory school, grades 7-12
Senior Year Resources

Senior year is exciting for both students and parents. There is so much to remember and organize throughout the year; we tried to simplify by offering everything in one place. Here you can find out what and when items are due

Key Date(s)
Senior Baby Ads
It is a tradition for the yearbook staff to offer parents of seniors space in the yearbook to display a baby picture and a message to their seniors. This is a wonderful opportunity to express how much your son or daughter means to you. Due to strict yearbook deadlines we will not be able to accept late entries. See the Senior High Yearbook page for additional information and forms.
Due: Wed, Nov. 1, 2017
Senior Portraits
See the Senior High Yearbook for additional information and submission requirements.
Due: Wed, Nov. 15, 2017
Senior Parent Informational Meeting
Senior Parents will be invited to an informational meeting in January 2018. This is an opportunity for parents to ask hear about senior retreat, final exams, Baccalaureate, commencement, the senior party and other items of interest for parents of the Class of 2018. 

Baccalaureate Mass and Brunch
This event is held annually for seniors and their parents/guardians (siblings and other family members do not attend this event.) The Baccalaureate Mass is followed by brunch and a short program at the Marriott, City Center. Questions may be directed to Mary Fran O’Keefe at 952-927-4176, ext. 2448.
Event Date:
Sun, May 20, 2018, at 11 am,
RSVP Deadline: TBA
Commencement Practice
Practice will last approximately 2 hours. Please do not make any doctor appointments or schedule work which will conflict with this practice.

Students must be seated in the Hamburge Theater by 8:30 am. No student will be allowed to leave practice early. Each senior is required to attend practice. Failure to attend practice will prohibit participation in the commencement exercise.
Wed, May 30, 2018, 8:45 -11 am, Hamburge Theatre


Commencement Exercise
Graduating seniors must enter through the main school lobby. Parents and other guests please enter at the Haben Center. (More information below.)

Fri, June 1, 2018, 7 pm, William Haben Activity Center
Doors open at 5pm
Commencement Photos
BSM has partnered with Lifetouch National School Studios to offer parents and graduates a professional photograph, capturing the moment the graduate receives his or her diploma.  Each graduate will receive a notice, via their BSM email, when proofs are ready.  There is no obligation to purchase photos.  Please visit the following website for additional information: events.lifetouch.com.
Fri, June 1, 2018, 7 pm, William Haben Activity Center

Senior Party
The Senior Party is a tradition at Benilde-St. Margaret’s. It is a parent-chaperoned, parent-organized, all-night party for our graduates, sponsored by the Parent Association. The party starts after commencement and parents are asked to pick up graduates at 4:30 am Saturday morning. See more at this link.   

Fri, June 1, 2018, 
following commencement, 8:45 pm–4:30 am
Registration deadline:
May 15, 2017

Announcements and Other Items
Graduation announcements are traditionally sent to family and friends. Each senior will receive six official graduation announcements, at no cost, from BSM in April.  BSM will take care of ordering the six announcements and the cap and gown.  Additional announcements are available for purchase from Jostens as well as other items seniors and parents may find useful (e.g. class rings, senior jewelry, senior apparel, gifts & keepsakes, and photo gifts.) These items will be delivered to seniors in April. Questions regarding ordering items may be directed to Jostens at 952-974-0800.

Cap and Gown
Seniors are expected to wear the traditional gown and cap during the commencement exercises in June. BSM will order the cap, gown, and traditional tassel for each student. Graduation caps and gowns are delivered to BSM and will be distributed to seniors during graduation practice in May.

The graduation gown and cap are red in color. The gown is calf length and should be ironed at home. The cap is the only headpiece allowed and must be worn flat on the head. Females traditionally carry a bouquet of flowers provided by BSM.

Seniors eligible for History Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and the World Language Honor Society will receive the appropriate cord at practice. Seniors will receive their cap, gown, and tickets to the ceremony at practice. Seniors eligible to graduate with honors will receive their gold tassel the evening of graduation. The gold tassel is worn in place of the red and white tassel. 

Graduation Fee
Each senior is assessed a fee of $150 in February. This fee covers the cost of the commencement exercises and the Baccalaureate.

Seniors with outstanding tuition accounts, detention, fines, missing athletic equipment, or miscellaneous items will not receive their cap, gown, and tickets until all outstanding debts have been satisfied. Laptops must be returned. Because laptops are repurposed, seniors are not allowed to buy/keep their laptop.

Tuition Accounts
We appreciate the sacrifice your family has made to allow your student to attend BSM.

As a reminder, it is the policy of the school that tuition accounts of graduating seniors must be current before they are allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies. The deadline is Friday, May 11. Please ensure your account is current by this date. If you have any questions about your tuition account, please contact Shané Sisco in our Finance Department at ssisco@BSMschool.org or 952-767-3121.

College Scholarships
On a survey distributed in May, seniors are asked to list all scholarships they have accepted.

A survey of seniors is distributed in May. On this survey, seniors indicate which college they will attend and their signature on this form authorizes BSM to release the year-end transcript. The year-end transcript is mailed no later than the end of June.

Laptop Turn in Policy
Policy is in the process of being updated.


Second semester seniors have the opportunity to skip all of their final exams. Refer to the student handbook for complete information. 

Finals for seniors will be Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25. Seniors who do not qualify or elect to take any/all finals will be given specific instruction in May. All finals begin at 8 am on Thursday. Some finals are only given on Thursday. Seniors will receive specific information in May. These dates and time are a non-negotiable. Consideration is given to seniors who may require testing accommodation.

Commencement Tickets
Each senior will receive six tickets allowing entrance to the commencement exercises. Seniors will receive their tickets to the ceremony at practice. Seating is limited for this event. Graduates do not require a ticket. BSM does not provide additional tickets nor does it have a waiting list for additional tickets. You may contact other BSM families and secure tickets independently.

Graduation Dress Code
The dress code for graduation is strictly enforced. Any student out of dress code will not be allowed to participate in the commencement exercise.

Female Dress Requirements:
•    A dress, skirt or long dress pants and blouse
•    Skirt or dress should not be longer than calf length
•    No shorts or capri or cropped pants
•    Natural, white, or no hose
•    Dress flats or dress sandals - tennis shoes, clogs, “flip-flops,” or excessively high platforms are not acceptable

Male Dress Requirements:
•    Long dress pants
•    Dress shirt with a collar
•    An appropriate tie
•    Dress shoes - tennis shoes or any open toe sandal are not acceptable

The dress code requirements in the Student Handbook do apply the evening of graduation.

Commencement Exercise
The commencement exercise is held Friday, June 1, 2018, at 7 p.m., in the William Haben Activity Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. Please be seated at least 5 minutes prior to the start of commencement. Graduating seniors must enter through the main school lobby. Parents and other guests please enter at the Haben Center. Reserved seating is held for the family who purchased seating at our annual Auction. Seating is on first-come, first-served on the floor and in the bleachers. BSM personnel will assist in seating persons in wheel chairs and those requiring walking assistance. We are unable to reserve seats in advance. BSM reserves the right to assess the situation and make appropriate accommodations, if necessary.

Graduating seniors are not allowed in the Haben Center prior to commencement. Families are encouraged to take pictures throughout the ceremony and may approach the stage area. However, they must remain outside the roped-off area.

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