Information for Seniors - Class of 2018

Senior Student Frequently Asked Questions

Overview of Important Dates for Seniors
Friday - Monday, March 9 - 19
Spring Break
Tuesday, April 3Senior Beach Day
Saturday , April 14Prom, Hilton Downtown Tampa, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17Choose Senior Internship Sponsor - Turn Green Form into Advisor
Friday, April 20
Upper School Societies Induction Assembly
Wednesday, April 25Seniors Moms Luncheon, Jackson's Bistro
Thursday, April 26
Seniors Dismissed from Tampa Prep at 12:50 p.m.
Friday, April 27
Senior Day/Yearbook Day, last day of classes for seniors
Friday, April 27
Rock The Lot, Senior Parking Lot, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Monday- Friday, April 30 - May 18
Senior Internships
Monday - Friday, May 7 - 11
AP Exams
Monday - Friday, May 14 - 18
AP Exams
Tuesday, May 15 Senior Celebration Dinner - Higgins Hall, 6:00 p.m. Dressy Attire
Sunday, May 20Graduation - Straz Center, Carol Morsani Hall, 4:00 p.m.

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.

» Is it too late to place a Yearbook Ad?
Yearbook advertisement information can be found on our website at this link.

» Graduation Announcements, I ordered them from Balfour, how will I get them?
An option for ordering graduation announcements is Balfour. Balfour visits Tampa Prep seniors on Friday, December 8 to hand out information and order packets for school rings and graduation announcements. These may be ordered online at If you have questions please visit Balfour's website for answers.

» Graduation Announcements, I don't have any, should I have already ordered them?
Announcements that are ordered through Balfour will be delivered to Tampa Prep. Once they arrive, Mrs. Steel will email the Seniors to let them know the announcements can be picked up in her office.

» What is Senior Skip Day?
Senior Skip Day will take place Monday, February 5. Seniors are not required to attend school. Instead this is a day for them to “legally” skip their classes. If Seniors would like or need to attend they are welcome to attend.

» What is Senior Beach Day?
Senior Beach Day will take place Tuesday, April 3. This is not a parent event. 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. 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 Moms Luncheon…. who, what, where?
This luncheon has become a popular tradition for the Senior moms and is a great opportunity to socialize and reminisce. It will be held on Wednesday, April 25. This event is sponsored, planned and organized by Junior parents and will be held at Jackson’s Bistro in Tampa. Invitations are mailed home to Senior moms. Dress is business casual.

» What is Senior Day/Yearbook Day?
Senior Day/Yearbook Day, Friday, April 27, is the last regular day of classes for Seniors. Seniors begin the day by decorating their cars in the parking lot. They will practice for graduation, receive their cap and gown, and enjoy an all-school cookout. At 1:00 the entire school will meet in the gym where Seniors announce the college they will attend and get called down to the gym floor. The yearbook slide show is enjoyed and then yearbooks are passed out.

» AP Exams
AP Exams are held Monday - Friday, May 7 - 11 and Monday - Friday, May 14 - 18. Download the detailed AP exam schedule.

» 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 17. 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, April 30 - Friday, May 18. Please talk with your Senior's Advisor if more information is needed. Additionally, it is mandatory that Seniors blog each week of their Internship.

» I see Senior Celebration Dinner on the calendar, what is it?
Senior Celebration Dinner is on Tuesday, May 15, at 6:00 p.m. The dinner will be held at Higgins Hall which is located at St. Lawrence Church, 5225 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL. This is a time for parents and their Senior (and if you would like, close relatives and guests) to enjoy an evening of talent, awards and dinner. Requests for seating are accepted. You will receive an invitation in the mail that will require an RSVP.

» Do the Seniors and parents sit at separate tables during the Senior Celebration Dinner?
Seniors will sit at the same table with their parents. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.

» Cap, Tassel and Gown: should I have already ordered it?
No, we have already measured and ordered Seniors' cap, tassel and gown. The Seniors will receive their cap, tassel and gown on Senior Day, Friday, April 27. 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?
Beneath their gowns, girls can wear nice skirts and blouses or dresses; boys can wear a jacket, tie and slacks. No flip-flops or athletic shoes may be worn.

» Should my Senior have a special cord for being in NHS, Cum Laude and a Concentration?
The honor cord(s) will be handed out the day of graduation.

» When and where is Graduation?
On Sunday, May 20, 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.

» 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) by time to be determined. Faculty will meet the seniors at the door.

» How many guests can I invite to attend Graduation?
There is no limit to the number of guests who can attend.

» When do the doors open and how does seating at the Straz Center work for Graduation?
The doors to the Straz Center will open at 3:00 p.m. 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., 15 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?
Parking for Graduation is available at the William Poe Garage - 800 N. Ashley Drive. Rates vary depending on length of stay. The Poe Garage is only accessible from Ashley Drive.

» I have more questions, who do I contact?
Please email Kristy Steel at or call 813-251-8481 x 4053 with any questions.