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CLASS of 2020 Baccalaureate and Graduation Information

  • Graduation Caps/Gowns:
    Students picked up their caps and gowns from NDA on April 24 and will be returning them at NDA's Graduation Celebration in July. 
  • Baccalaureate Mass:
    The 2020 Baccalaureate Mass was live-streamed from the Cathedral on Monday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. Bishop Foys presided at this Mass which was celebrated for all nine high schools in the Diocese of Covington. The high school pastoral administrators were be present as well. Although we were unable to gather for in-person Mass due to the current pandemic, this Mass provided a unique opportunity to unite our seniors, their families, and our schools as one faith community. Seniors recevied a link to NDA's 2020 Salutatorian Address and a special recording by NDA's Honor Choir to view prior to the Baccalaureate Mass. You can find those videos here: 

    Baccalaureate Mass 

    Salutatorian Address & Honor Choir Performance
  • Graduation: 
    You can find NDA's 2020 Graduation Video HERE on Friday, May 22 at 4:00 p.m. 

Friday, May 22 is Graduation day for our Seniors! The Class of 2020 is invited to Notre Dame Academy’s campus by car this Friday in order to receive their diplomas and other traditional graduation items. Faculty and staff will be on site to celebrate our graduates as they receive their diplomas, traditional rose bouquet, a special gift from our Alumnae Relations Office, a Class of 2020 Memory Book from our Publications class, a keepsake COVID-19 Class of 2020 Pandas mask and award certificates. Congratulations to the graduates!

Graduates have been assigned a ten-minute time frame between 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. See the schedule below:

Time Last Name
12:00-12:10 Adamchik - Buring
12:10-12:20 Burns - Diebold
12:20-12:30 Eberhart - Hackman
12:30-12:40 Hafertepen - Klear
12:40-12:50 Kleier - Michels
12:50-1:00 Miller - Renaker
1:00-1:10 Rensing - Shockey
1:10-1:20 Simkonis - Weidinger
1:20-1:30 Winstel - Zwick

While we are doing our best to create a memorable and exciting experience for our graduates, social distancing practices and expectations will very much be a part of the day. For example, only one vehicle per graduate will be permitted on campus, and only persons living in the same household are permitted in the vehicle. All people in the vehicle will be expected to remain inside. Thank you for partnering with us and for helping make this a memorable event during a challenging time.

At 4:00 p.m. on May 22, the Class of 2020 will receive a link to view a professionally prerecorded Graduation ceremony video. The virtual ceremony follows a traditional Notre Dame Academy commencement. There will be Pomp and Circumstance, speeches by Diocesan and NDA administrators, Senior Class Co-Presidents, and the Class of 2020 Valedictorian. Each graduate will be recognized and seen in her cap and gown. The link will be sent via email to senior students and parents. We look forward to celebrating each of the 126 young women in the Class of 2020. The NDA community is so very proud of their accomplishments and know they are well prepared to make a difference in our world!

  • Senior Celebration:
    July 17-28, 2020 - Please know that we are all disappointed that we are unable to have our graduation ceremony as originally planned or even at a postponed date. The experience of our seniors is very important to us and therefore we are planning a special weekend for NDA’s class of 2020 in July. Details regarding the events of that weekend will follow at a later date. 

If you have any questions please contact Leanne Kirn at kirnl@ndapandas.org.


SENIOR CLASS INFORMATION 2019-2020

Welcome to the Senior year! Each year brings many opportunities for our students and parents
to participate in various events, some of which are described below. 
SENIOR RETREATS
  • Aug. 6-9 
  • Oct. 21-24 
  • Jan. 21-24
    • Seniors are responsible for the following details of the Senior Retreat experience and process. These responsibilities will be explained to them in Religion class in the beginning of the year and as we near the retreats.
    • *Each Senior must participate in one of the 3 retreats offered this year.
    • Parents: In order to make the retreat experience a success we need the help and cooperation of the senior parents. These responsibilities and tasks will be explained in greater detail in subsequent communications.
    • *Parents are asked to provide snacks and drinks for the retreat (assignments will be sent a month before the retreat).
    • **An email, sent by Mrs. Price a month before your daughter’s retreat, will include all information. If you do not receive this email – please be sure to contact Mrs. Price before the week of the retreat.
SENIOR SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
Seniors are required to complete a project of their choosing (guidelines will be discussed at the
beginning of the year) by the end of the 3rd quarter and will have a 4th quarter project to
complete wrapping up their service experience for all 4 years.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Picture Day Sept. 6 - Seniors may be out of uniform on picture day. Pictures are for ID’s and transcripts, not for purchase.
  • Mini Night Sept. 11 - Parents have the opportunity to be students for a night! At 7:00 pm parents follow their daughter’s schedule as each teacher explains his or her curriculum and expectations. Your daughter will provide a schedule for you to follow that evening.
  • College Financial Aid Presentation Sept. 18 – This presentation will begin at 6:30pm and is designed for Juniors and Seniors and their parents.
  • Senior Spirit Wear In the fall, Seniors design a class sweatshirt. Purchase is optional.
  • Grandparents Mass Oct. 4 – All students may invite their grandparents to attend Mass in the gym from 1:30 - 3:03pm. Parking will be available in the school lot.
  • Mother/Daughter Dance Nov. 9 – This event is sponsored by the PPC and is held in the evening at Receptions in Erlanger from 7:00 to 11:00pm. It includes food, fun, and dancing Tickets will be sold in advance. Photos are available for purchase through Lifetouch. According to Diocesan Policy, alcohol may not be served or consumed at this event.
  • Silver Bells Dec. 14 8:00-11:00pm - This is a semi-formal dance for Sophomores through Seniors and held at NDA. Appropriate attire is required. This is a drug and alcohol free event, and random breathalyzing will occur. Students are required to attend school all day on the day of the event.
  • Exams Dec. 18-20 - Students will follow a special half-day schedule each of these days in order to have an exam in each of their classes. In some senior level classes, exemption may be offered.
  • Father/Daughter Dance Feb. 7 – This event is sponsored by the PPC and is held at Receptions in Erlanger from 7:00 – 11:00pm. It includes food, fun, and dancing. Tickets will be sold in advance. Photos are available for purchase through Lifetouch. According to Diocesan Policy, alcohol may not be served or consumed at this event.
  • Prom March 27 - Junior/Senior Prom is a formal dance held at Cincinnati Music Hall. Dinner is provided, and appropriate attire is required. Students are required to attend school all day on the day of the event. Prom is school sponsored and drug and alcohol free. Random breathalyzers will be administered. The PPC plans and provides an After Prom Event at Notre Dame Academy for the students.
  • Final Exams May 15,18,19 - Seniors will follow a special half-day schedule each of these days in order to have an exam in each of their classes. Exemption may apply if offered and if the student qualifies.

 OTHER EVENTS:

  • Blood Drive Fall & Spring - We encourage all to donate blood.
  • College Days Six college visit days combined during Junior and Senior years are permitted and will not count as missed days. Please refer to the handbook for complete information regarding college visit days. To be excused absences, these days must be taken before April 30, and the proper form signed and dated by University/College personnel.