Senior Year at Marist School

There are many opportunities and responsibilities pertaining to seniors at Marist School, from senior photographs through events leading up to and including Graduation. This guide contains information about the various requirements, deadlines, events, and activities associated with the seniors. In addition, detailed information is sent to seniors and their parents throughout the senior year.
Reading this guide and the other information sent during the year, as well as observing the various practices and deadlines, will allow seniors to enjoy and get the most from their final year at Marist.

Guide for Seniors and Their Families

List of 13 items.

  • Service Requirements

    As part of the school’s overall service expectations, seniors are required to volunteer 12 hours of their time in “direct service to the poor.” They are strongly encouraged to perform this service during the summer preceding their senior year, so that it is complete before the rush of final exams and is not lost among their many other commitments.
    For clarification on “direct service to the poor,” students should consult with Campus Ministry. Students are required to have the Community Service Verification form signed by the charitable agency, affirming that the volunteer work has been completed. Students return the form to Campus Ministry.
    Students will record their service hours in MobileServe. They are responsible to obtain verification from the agency to enter in the database. 
    No senior will graduate without 12 hours of service completed for the year.
  • Leadership

    An offense warranting 10 or more demerits disqualifies a student for a minimum of 12 months from holding any leadership position including, but not limited to, National Honor Society, Peer Leader, and Student Government.
  • The Marist Guidon

    Senior pictures are an important event in the lives of high school students and their families. It is important that every student be pictured in the yearbook (called Guidon) each year, but especially important for his or her senior year. Information will be sent via email and a push page sent in May before the senior year detailing the scheduling process for senior photographs. All senior photographs must be taken by the end of August to ensure they make the deadline for the yearbook.
    Information about senior ads for the yearbook is also included in the May communication. The first deadline for senior ads is early October. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Christine Bhasin or Mrs. Amelia Luke
  • Halloween

    Traditionally, seniors, faculty, and staff take a day near Halloween to dress in costume. Seniors gather in the cafeteria for fellowship and costume judging at the beginning of the day. Winners for best costumes are announced at the end of the day.
  • Senior Mothers Dinner

    This is a special dinner held in April of the senior year and sponsored by the Marist Parents Club to honor the mothers of the graduates.
    The 12th Grade Level Coordinators send a letter to mothers of seniors in the fall requesting photographs for the slideshow presentation that is given during the luncheon. Mothers will receive a separate invitation to the luncheon, and as with all mothers’ luncheons, there will be a charge.
  • St. Peter Chanel Day

    St. Peter Chanel Day celebrates the life and work of the Marist martyr St. Peter Chanel, on a designated Thursday in April. The day begins with Mass followed by a variety of activities on the Marist campus. Student bands play live music, and the cafeteria provides lunch and snacks. St. Peter Chanel Day is a service project sponsored by the junior class, who plan and supervise all activities. The junior class sells smoothies as a fundraiser.
    The dress code follows the rules for out‑of‑uniform days with one exception: this is the only day of the year students are permitted to wear shorts on campus. Shorts must fall within 4 inches of the top of the knee; students will be asked to change if shorts are too short.
  • Senior Skip Day

    Seniors are granted a day off from school in the spring for their senior skip day. This day is publicized to the seniors and to the teachers so all classmates can participate. The day usually follows St. Peter Chanel Day.
  • Donuts with Dads

    On a Wednesday morning in April, dads (or a father figure) of seniors are invited to a Wednesday morning Mass followed by a donut reception in the Arcade Dining Area.
  • Senior Emmaus

    The eagerly anticipated Senior Emmaus is a weekend retreat for seniors who have already made an Emmaus retreat. The Emmaus Board develops the program for this retreat, within guidelines given by the retreat moderators.
    Senior Emmaus offers students the opportunity to further strengthen and nourish their relationship with God, in the company of their classmates, as they prepare to leave Marist and head off to college.
  • Senior Prom

    The prom is a formal event, with emphasis on class fellowship more than on the couples aspect. It has traditionally been held in April at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Appetizers and a sit-down dinner are served, followed by dancing. Students must arrive by 8 p.m. and remain until 11 p.m.
    All seniors are encouraged to attend the prom, with or without a date, or as part of a group. Marist alumni may attend but students who have been asked to leave Marist, or who have been expelled, may not return to take part in formal school functions such as dances, prom, graduation, or Project Graduation. Guests (dates) from outside Marist must be approved by the Dean of Students.
  • Senior Exam Exemptions

    Seniors are permitted to exempt exams in Terms 2 and 3 provided that they meet the following criteria:
    • 86.5% unweighted average in the course for the particular term
    • Less than five demerits for the particular term
    • No more than six absences (excused or unexcused) from the class (Marist events are exceptions)
    • No more than eight unexcused tardies to school in the particular term
    • No more than three unexcused tardies to class in the particular term

    Additional critera for Term II exemption are: 
    • Seniors must also be present and fully participate in the CWRA exam.
    • A senior must also demonstrate improvement from his or her CWRA freshmen scores, indicating serious effort in taking the test as well as the necessary level of overall academic attainment at Marist that would warrant exam exemption.
  • Alumni Association Senior Send-off

    The Parents Club hosts two of the three senior breakfasts each year, the other being provided by the Marist Alumni Association. These are held during activity period in the lower cafeteria.
    The last breakfast is hosted by the Alumni Association on the final day of classes before graduation. The breakfast, for seniors only, is a formal welcome of graduates-to-be to the Alumni Association.
    Attendance at the Alumni Association event is mandatory for all seniors, and the breakfast follows the 11 a.m. prayer service on the last day of classes. Alumni briefly address the assembled seniors in Kuhrt Gym following the prayer service and breakfast.
    Dress for girls: Sunday dress clothes and shoes. No strapless or spaghetti strap dresses, very short skirts, slit skirts, tight clothing, midriffs showing, or low-cut tops. Dress for boys: Coat, tie, dress slacks, and dress shoes.
  • Academic Awards Assembly

    An academic awards assembly for the entire student body is held at 12:30 p.m. on the Wednesday before Graduation.
    Seniors are to wear their graduation gown (no cap) and arrive in Centennial Center by 12:15 p.m. The guidelines for appropriate Marist dress for girls should be followed. Boys should wear a tie, dark dress slacks and dress shoes. A jacket is not required for this event.
    The program lasts an hour and a half and is followed by senior honors.

Baccalaureate and Graduation

List of 17 items.

  • Graduation Announcements

    Graduation Announcement information will be sent out electronically by the end of January. 
    Announcement orders will take place online through Balfour and ship directly to students' homes in the spring.

    For questions, please contact or call (770) 594-8155.
  • Graduation Fee

    There is a separate graduation fee of $150 associated with Baccalaureate and Graduation that is billed to the parents’ Smart Tuition account during Term 2 of the senior year.
  • Diplomas

    An email will be sent to parents in September of the senior year for approval of the student’s full formal name. The letter must be returned within the specified time period in order to receive a diploma.
  • Caps & Gowns

    In the fall of senior year, Marist orders caps and gowns for the seniors and covers the cost for these. By November 1, parents should provide their child's sizing at Select Marist School, click on the Sr. Class Payments/Cap and Gown Packages link, and then select C&G Sizing only.

    Caps and gowns are distributed in May a week before graduation, provided the senior has no outstanding overdue library books and a clean locker.
  • Tickets

    There is open seating for the Baccalaureate Mass.
    Each senior receives eight tickets for Graduation, and they are given to the senior at Graduation rehearsal on the Thursday before Graduation. If additional seating is needed, parents are asked to call the main office after May 1 with their request. Reasonable requests will be granted.
    On Graduation day, doors to the lobby will open at 12:30 p.m. Doors to the event location will open at 1 p.m. Traffic is often a problem on Graduation Day and families are advised to arrive early in order to avoid the congestion.
  • Seating

    There are no assigned seats for either event. On Graduation day, doors to the lobby will open at 12:30 p.m. Doors to the event location will open at 1 p.m. Handicapped seating is available on the main floor in chairs or for wheelchair access via the elevator to the upper level.
  • Parking

    There will be security on site to assist with parking for both Baccalaureate and Graduation. There will be designated parking areas for the handicapped.
  • Apparel

    • Cap* & gown
    • Dark dress trousers (no khakis)
    •  White shirt and tie
    •  Dark dress shoes and dark socks
    • Cap* & gown
    • Sunday best dress
    • Dress shoes
    *(Cap not required for Baccalaureate)
    Members of the National Honor Society wear the gold cord to Baccalaureate and Graduation.
  • Graduation Practice

    All seniors are required to attend the practice on Thursday prior to Graduation. The practice begins promptly at 9 a.m. in Centennial Center and ends at noon. Dress is casual.
    There is Baccalaureate practice for Eucharistic Ministers and servers following Graduation practice.
  • Baccalaureate Mass

    The Baccalaureate Mass is a prayerful tribute to the graduating class and begins at 8 p.m. on the Friday before Graduation.

    The Parents Club provides a light reception in the Arcade for seniors and families following the Baccalaureate Mass.
  • Graduation Ceremony

    Graduation at Marist School is a traditional and formal ceremony attended by the entire faculty and administration in full academic regalia. The ceremony typically begins at 2 p.m. on the designated date.
    The presentation of a Marist diploma signifies both academic achievement and the spiritual commission to embody the mission of Marist School. This presentation is a solemn moment. Family members of each senior are invited to stand silently as the senior's name is called to receive the diploma. We ask that applause or verbal acclamation from the audience and the class be withheld until all diplomas have been presented and the Principal announces that the class has graduated. Whistling and shouting are out of place in the course of the presentation of diplomas.
    The Parents Club provides a light reception in the Arcade for seniors and families following Graduation.
  • Sedes Sapientiae Award

    The President presents the Sedes Sapientiae award, which is the highest award at Marist School. It is presented to a senior who has excelled in the areas of scholarship, loyalty, and service, and who, by a vote of the faculty, most exemplifies the mission of Marist School.
  • The Atlanta Journal Constitution Cup Award

    Each year The Atlanta Journal Constitution gives a cup to Marist to be awarded to an all‑around outstanding senior. The cup represents the second highest award that Marist can give a student and is selected by a faculty vote.
  • Archbishop's Awards

    The Archbishop’s Awards are presented each year by the Archbishop of Atlanta, or his representative, to a senior girl and boy who, while at Marist, have achieved excellence in the study of the Catholic faith, and who have given service to their school, their parishes, and their communities. The recipients are chosen by the Theology Department.
  • Valedictorian Award

    The senior with the highest cumulative average at the end of Term 2 is designated as Valedictorian and winner of a Harley R. Kimmel Award, donated by the Parents Club in memory of its second president. To be Valedictorian, a student must have attended Marist for 11 consecutive terms, beginning in 9th grade, and have exhibited honorable behavior.
  • Salutatorian Award

    The senior with the second-highest cumulative average at the end of Term 2 is designated as Salutatorian and winner of a Harley R. Kimmel Award, donated by the Parents Club in memory of its second president. To be Salutatorian, a student must have attended Marist for 11 consecutive terms, beginning in 9th grade, and have exhibited honorable behavior.
  • Project Graduation

    Project Graduation is held the evening of graduation. The event is hosted by the Parents Club and chaperoned by the junior parents. Almost all graduates attend this event. The event begins at 10 p.m. at a location to be determined.

    No cars are allowed at the venue, and seniors must be driven by parents. Event details are provided to students and parents at a February Senior Class Meeting. Statements go out in November of the senior year for Project Graduation fees.
    In January of the senior year, there is a Project Graduation t-shirt and banner signing in the Fr. Brennan Room. T-shirts are distributed in the arcade in April, and seniors wear their Project Graduation t-shirts on a day in May to be announced. The shirt becomes the ticket to Project Graduation.

    A waiver must be completed and returned. It can be found HERE

Senior Class Moderators

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Shannon Hipp

    Dr. Shannon Hipp 

    English Teacher
    (770) 936-5577
  • Photo of Brittany Loudermilk

    Ms. Brittany Loudermilk 

    (770) 936-2215

12th Grade Level Chairs

Tamsin Euart

Knoxie Roche

Alumni Association

Upon graduation, seniors become part of the Marist Alumni Association, which hosts events throughout the year including Homecoming, Young Alumni Christmas Luncheon, Trivia Night, Women’s Luncheon, Alumni Awards Luncheon, Annual Alumni Golf Tournament, Reunion Weekend, and more.
Alumni can stay in touch via the online directory at, through social media, and through their class representatives.
Parents of alumni also are encouraged to remain involved at Marist. The Marist Alumni Association hosts a gathering for parents of alumni each year.


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