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Graduation Information

Gearing Up for Graduation

Senior year is a special time in any student's high school career, a time to look back on and celebrate all you have accomplished at The Mount, while also looking forward, with excitement and wonder, to what the future has in store. While senior year may look a bit different than you expected, we hope to honor the Class of 2020 and recognize your accomplishments in a multitude of ways. Find more information about upcoming events for the Class of 2020 below.

Important Information

List of 10 items.

  • Senior Send-Off Website

    • The Senior Send-Off website offers ways for anyone - family, friends, classmates, teachers, alumni - to celebrate individuals from the class of 2020. The site allows you to leave a written message, a video, photos, and more for any student in the graduating class.
    • Seniors will be emailed a link to their individual pages on May 28 at 7:00 p.m., where they can view the virtual ceremony for the Class of 2020 as well as access their personalized messages that family and friends have left for them.
  • Celebrating Seniors through Social Media

    • MSJ is honoring seniors with their college choices through social media throughout the month of May.
    • Please be sure to complete the Final Transcript Request form from College Counseling, and message @msjgaels through social media photos in your college gear or email them to Mrs. Mnkande at jmnkande@msjnet.edu.
  • Live-streamed Mass for the Class of 2020

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

    • Celebrated by our school chaplain, Fr. Mike Murphy ’82 from St. Joseph’s Monastery in Irvington
    • Mass celebrated for the Class of 2020 will be live-streamed on Mount Saint Joseph’s Facebook Page.
  • Virtual Ceremony Honoring the Class of 2020

    Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

    • The ceremony will include a prayer and messages from our seniors, a message from the President/Principal, reading of the names of graduates, the alma mater, and the announcement of some of our award winners.
    • The ceremony will be available for viewing on Facebook and YouTube at 7:00 p.m. that evening.
    • Seniors will be emailed a link where they can view the ceremony and also any personal messages sent to him through the Senior Send-Off website.
    • This ceremony acknowledges a student’s successful completion of studies at the Mount and enables us to forward completed transcripts to colleges and universities on time.
  • Awarding of Diplomas, Reception of Gift, and Awards

    Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30

    Seniors and their families are able to pick up their diplomas at scheduled times on May 29 and 30 for our Drive-Through Diploma Pick-Up.  The committee has strategically planned this so that families will have a 15-minute window to drive through campus and visit various stations.  Please use the registration form to sign up for your time slot by Monday, May 25.  Out of respect for other families and classmates, please arrive promptly for the date and time you select.  This event will be held rain or shine.  

    As you arrive on campus through the main entrance, you will be greeted and directed to drive through our 4 stations, detailed below. Seniors should sit on the driver’s side of the vehicle, in the back seat so he can easily exit the vehicle at the last 2 stations.

    Drive-Through Diploma Pick-Up Stations
    1. Senior Gifts - Seniors stay in their vehicles and are handed a gift bag.
    2. Book & Uniform Returns - Seniors stay in their vehicles and drop off anything that needs to be returned to MSJ including books, uniforms, and teaching materials.
    3. Diplomas and Awards - Seniors exit their vehicles to receive their diplomas and awards earned.  Please note that due to closures at our awards vendor, some awards may not be ready in time for this event.
    4. Photo - Seniors exit their vehicles for a photo opportunity in front of the Tower with their diploma and any awards in their hands.  Graduates should dress appropriately given the occasion.  The photos will be available on the MSJ Facebook page after the events. You do not need a Facebook account to view the photos.
    Guidelines
    Out of concern for the health of everyone in our community and to create an environment that is safe and complies with social distancing requirements, the following guidelines will be in place.
    1. One car per family will be allowed on campus. 
    2. A mask is required for every person on Mount Saint Joseph’s campus.
    3. Only the graduate may exit his vehicle to receive his diploma and to take a photo in front of the Tower.
    4. All of our faculty and staff are so proud of the Class of 2020.  We all want to be with you to celebrate, but we want to keep everyone safe as well, so only a limited number of faculty and staff will be present for this event. We hope to be all together at our rescheduled graduation on Friday, July 17, 2020, if we are able.
  • Senior Tower Climb

    Graduates will sign up for a 15-minute time slot from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on June 15th, 17th, or 23rd Register for the Tower climb here.
     
    Mount Saint Joseph will be taking the following precautions to keep our graduates safe during this experience:
    • Groups are limited to six graduates at a time in the Tower
    • You must bring and wear a mask while making the climb
    • You will be provided disposable gloves to wear while in the Tower
     
    Dress for the Tower climb is casual.  Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your registered time so that the day runs smoothly.  Upon arrival, please park in the Senior Parking Lot.  Other buildings will not be accessible during these times.  
     
    For questions, please contact Mr. Sam Bianco at sbianco@msjnet.edu or Mrs. Lucy Baker at lbaker@msjnet.edu.
  • Graduation Ceremony

    Friday, July 17, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

    ATTIRE
    • As this is a formal event, tuxedos should be worn by those who opted to rent them. Otherwise, a jacket, tie, dress pants, belt, dress shoes, and socks should be worn.
    • We ask that all graduates be clean-shaven.
    GUESTS
    • Graduates can have up to two guests attend this ceremony.
    SAFETY PROCEDURES
    • All graduates and guests must wear a mask at all times.
    • All graduates and guests must have their temperature taken by a trained Mount Saint Joseph staff member using a contactless infrared thermometer.
    • Anyone experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, chills, cough, fatigue, muscle aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, or diarrhea should stay home.
    • Anyone who has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home.
    • Please plan to arrive early so that everyone has time to follow these procedures and be seated in time for the start of the ceremony.
    ARRIVAL AND SEATING (please refer to our graduation map)
    • Graduates should arrive between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
    • Graduates should be dropped off at the stop sign by the baseball field and walk to the Smith Center. They will be directed on where to process and where to sit on Plevyak Field.
    • After dropping off graduates, guests will be directed on where to park.
    • Guests will enter Plevyak Field at the entrance closest to Frederick Avenue and will be directed on where to sit. The gate near the bridge will be closed.
    • Gates will open for guests at 8:00 a.m.
    • If possible, we encourage all guests and graduates to drive to the ceremony in one vehicle.
    • If a graduate must drive separately, he should park in the Smith Center parking lot.
    WEATHER
    • You will be in direct morning sun and shade is very limited, so please bring appropriate sun protection.
    • This is a rain or shine event. Please bring an umbrella in case of rain.
    RESTROOMS
    • Please use the restroom before you leave, but if a restroom is needed, the Smith Center will be available.
    • MSJ Staff will be at the doors, making sure safe numbers of people are in the building.
     VIEWING THE ONLINE CEREMONY
    • The event will be livestreamed on the MSJ Facebook page for anyone who would like to view it.
    PHOTOS
    • A photo will be taken of each graduate as he walks across the stage. This photo will be available for free download the week after the ceremony.
    • Out of concern for the safety of everyone attending this event, no photos are allowed to be taken on campus after the ceremony. If you would like to take family photos with the graduate in his tuxedo, Mount Saint Joseph will be open on Thursday, July 16, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    DIPLOMA
    • Diplomas are not needed for this ceremony. Graduates will receive something in place of their diploma as they walk across the stage.
  • Parent/Graduate Tower Climb

    Out of concern for the safety of our community, this event has been canceled.
  • Class of 2020 Party at MSJ

    Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    • This is a special event for members of the graduating class only featuring food, games, prizes, and more.
    • Parents who would like to help with organization, planning, and volunteering that evening should contact MSJ post prom coordinator, Ms. Jodi Masino, at jmasino@msjnet.edu.
     
  • Rescheduling Dates

    Mount Saint Joseph will continue to follow any regulations and guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Baltimore and state and federal governments. If we cannot safely host Tower climbs, a class party and in-person Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation under the mandates and guidelines set forth, the events and details are subject to change and Mount Saint Joseph will postpone to the following dates:

    • Senior Tower Climb back-up dates will be scheduled as soon as possible after the stay-at-home-order is lifted.
    • Back-up date for Parent/Graduate Tower Climb: Friday, November 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
    • Back-up date and location for Class of 2020 Party: Friday, November 27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Mount Saint Joseph High School
    • Back-up date and location for Baccalaureate and Graduation: Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Mount Saint Joseph High School.

Senior Events

Join the Brothers for Life Network

As Gael grads, you have the opportunity to join the Brothers for Life Network, which is a program designed to aid alumni in college and career mentorship. The Brothers for Life Network will provide you the opportunity to connect with alumni who are already established in their professions. The experienced alumni will act as "career coaches," helping you discern the best college courses to take or career paths to pursue, and will assist you in the search for internships or jobs after college graduation. Keep an eye out for more information about the program coming to you as you begin to transition into your new role as an alumnus.
Questions about the Brothers for Life Network? Contact Julie Rose at jrose@msjnet.edu.

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