Class of 2017 Information
- Senior Letter
- Senior Calendar
- Baccalaureate Mass
- Commencement Ceremony/Tickets
- Greater Grace Temple Map
- Senior All-Night Party
- Expected Behavior
The Baccalaureate Mass - May 7, 2017
On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration of U of D Jesuit, I want to extend to you and your family a cordial invitation to join us for all senior events, especially the annual Baccalaureate Mass and the 140th annual Commencement Ceremony. The Baccalaureate Mass is on Sunday, May 7th, at 4:00 PM. at St. Anne de Detroit, 1000 Sainte Anne St, Detroit, MI 48216 (Please note the venue change). The senior class prepares the readings, prayers, and music for the Mass. Following the Mass, the Mothers’ Club will host a reception in the courtyard/plaza of the church. We hope all families will join us.
Each year at this time senior students face an especially dangerous temptation: to spend less time and energy devoted to their studies. Those who give in to this temptation are said to suffer from a malady commonly referred to as “senioritis.”
This malady is dangerous for several reasons. First, contrary to popular belief, colleges do look at eighth semester grades. Below are two links to information: 1) general information and strategies to address senioritis, and 2) excerpts from some of the letters that have been collected by various high school principals over the years regarding college admissions and declining grades during senior year.
This is very important for all Seniors to remember: Any senior who fails any class, (required or not), loses the privilege of participating in the commencement ceremony. In order to receive his diploma, a senior who fails a class must take that class in summer school and receive a passing grade, and then a diploma is awarded. The Jesuit belief is that what we do in life we do for the “Greater Glory of God.” Not to continue to work hard in one’s studies is an affront to the Almighty who has bestowed on us the gift of intellect. Furthermore, it sets forth what could be a terrible attitude toward work that could persist for the rest of one’s life.
Students, I encourage you to work hard. Parents, I support you in your encouragement of your sons to devote themselves to their present vocation: study. Support is always available to you through your counselors and teachers.
Unfortunately in the recent past, there have been instances of parents serving alcoholic beverages to their sons and their son’s friends as a way to celebrate prom and commencement. The school strongly urges parents to refrain from this activity. It is illegal to serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. It is very unhealthy and may be the source of great harm to your son and his friends. Another practice that is often seen at this time of year is a parent or older sibling arranging for a hotel room for their son and his friends after prom. Please do not allow these activities to be a part of your son’s experience. The seniors are reminded about the kind of behavior that is expected from them for the remainder of the school year. They also know the consequences for inappropriate actions. The school is confident that our seniors will handle their last days of high school with grace. They are a great class and we look forward to celebrating their success on May 17, 2017.