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Graduation 2018

Senior Information

Each school year the senior class elects members of the class to represent them and develop senior events. A faculty Senior Class Advisor guides the council. The council is elected in September and meetings are held once a month. If you have any questions please contact the Senior Class Advisor Jim Kuhns.

Take a look at the Senior Events Calendar for dates and times of upcoming events. Please note that the calendar is subject to change.

Learn more about the major senior events:

Get Togethers

Throughout the year the Senior Council hosts a variety of events that gives seniors the opportunity to spending time together as a class. These events change each year. In the past we have held car washes, BBQs, bonfires, holiday dinners, donut Wednesdays, and the senior auction. Seniors are encouraged to participate in as many events as possible.

Senior Trip

Each spring the senior class departs from the Northern Atlantic to warmer seas in sunny Orlando, Florida, for four days of exhilarating fun. Seniors are given the opportunity to participate in this senior-only event. We enjoy three nights at a Disney hotel, passes to all the Disney parks, and an exclusive pass to Grad Bash at Universal Studios, which lasts all night. Universal opens their doors to graduating classes from all over the country to enjoy amazing DJs, award-winning entertainers, and the thrill of riding rides until 3 a.m. Seniors sign up for the trip in September.


For many, prom is the most memorable night of senior year. Seniors are invited to the Cruiseport in historic Gloucester, Mass., for a formal dinner and dancing with their class. Each senior is allowed two tickets, one for themselves and one for a guest. Tickets go on sale in April. This event is hosted by the senior council.

Prestige by Lifetouch - 2019 Senior Prom Portrait Package Price List.


Senior Breakfast

Senior breakfast is the last opportunity for the senior class to gather together and share a meal. This occurs directly following graduation rehearsal on the day before graduation. Breakfast is served at the Cruiseport in Gloucester, MA, and is a senior-only event. Seniors enjoy the opportunity to revisit favorite memories and share stories.

Academic Awards Ceremony

The Academic Awards Ceremony is held on the Friday before Commencement at 1 p.m. at the Alice Ansara Athletic Center.

Parking for the Academic Awards Ceremony:

  • Alice Ansara Athletic Center, 447 Hale Street, Prides Crossing, MA
  • Drake Administrative Building, 429 Hale Street, Prides Crossing, MA
  • High School Campus, 412 Hale Street, Prides Crossing, MA 
Senior/ Parent Dinner

All seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to The Essex Room at Woodman's for a farewell dinner.

Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

119 Main St.
Essex, MA 01929

Please RSVP if you would like to attend. 

For more information about the dinner, contact Lindsay Hobbs, Event Logistics Manager at


Commencement will take place on Saturday, June 1, in the Alice Ansara Athletic Center. The Athletic Center will open at 9:45 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and should last until 12:30 p.m. Immediate and extended family and friends are welcome; there is no limit to the number of guests students can invite. If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Crossman at 978-236-3307.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., graduates will assemble in the Performing Arts Center to prepare for the "Last March" through the upper campus. The "Last March" will begin around 9 a.m. Seniors will cross over the footbridge then pass by the Alexander Building, where each senior will participate in the annual tradition of ringing the bell. Families and friends are invited to take photographs of the march and ringing of the bell. The procession will end at the Christopher Murphy Academic Center at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Parking for Commencement:

  • Alice Ansara Athletic Center, 447 Hale Street, Prides Crossing, MA
  • Drake Administrative Building, 429 Hale Street, Prides Crossing, MA
  • High School Campus, 412 Hale Street, Prides Crossing, MA 

***Please note, Lifetouch photographers will be taking candids of the seniors before, during, and after the graduation ceremony.  The photographers will also be available to take family photos on the front lawn of the Alice Ansara Athletic Center immediately after the ceremony.