The countdown to Graduation is on!

This is an exciting time for our Seniors and their families, but we know that with so many events there are a lot of details to keep straight. We hope this page answers any lingering questions you may have.

Please take a few moments to review and note that some events are mandatory; if a student fails to complete a mandatory requirement, he or she will not be permitted to walk across the stage at Graduation.

Important dates

The following dates are important for Seniors and their parents/guardians. All activities that are mandatory to walk at Graduation are marked as required. Please note that Seniors only need to attend one Senior Retreat to complete the mandatory requirement.

September 20, 2023

Senior Unity Day


September 25, 2023

Senior T-Shirt Day


October 13, 2023

2:00–8:00 p.m.

Senior Portraits, Session #3


January 18, 2024

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Senior Parent Meeting


February 7, 2024

Senior Retreat #1


February 15, 2024

Senior Retreat #2


February 21, 2024

Senior Retreat #3


March 5, 2024

Holocaust Remembrance Day


April 29, 2024

April 29–May 3

Graduation Items Pick-up


May 7, 2024

5:30–7:00 p.m.

Carroll Scholars Reception


May 9, 2024

5:30–8:30 p.m.

Seniors of St. Joseph Program Dinner


May 17, 2024

Last Day of Classes for Seniors


Senior Prom

Senior Prom will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD.


Senior Prom is coming up on Saturday, May 20 at the National Aquarium in Baltimore! Ticket sales are now closed. However, if you plan to bring an outside guest and have not yet submitted your guest form, please complete the form and give it to Ms. Presberry or Mr. Modeste.

  • Executive Coach Busses will provide transportation from John Carroll to the Prom. Park in student parking lot and arrive promptly at 5:30 p.m.
  • There is no bag or coat check at the dance. Students may bring a 'mini purse,' but bags (duffles, totes, etc.) and backpacks are not permitted inside.
  • Students will tour the Aquarium from 7:00–8:00 p.m.
  • We'll have dinner and dancing in the Dolphin Building from 8:00–11:00 p.m.
  • Dinner will be caesar salad, olive oil pasta (V), cheese tortellini (V), chicken alfredo, grilled Italian sausage, garlic bread, assorted cookies, assorted sodas, water, iced tea and hot beverages. If you have special dietary requests, please contact Mr. Hensley by May 5.
  • Departure is at 11:00 p.m. and we'll arrive back at John Carroll at 12:00 a.m. Please drive safely!
Dress Code

Formal attire, and students should use the following guidelines:

  • Acceptable: formal dress, or formal pants or skirt with blouse/sweater
  • Unacceptable: plunging necklines, backless dresses, mini-skirts/dresses
  • Acceptable: tuxedo or dress pants, dress shirt, tie, jacket/sport coat
  • Unacceptable: jeans, sweaters with no jacket


Graduation will take place on May 27 at 10:30 a.m. (Senior arrival at 9:45 a.m.)
in the APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College

Students will receive 10 printed tickets for their guests at End-of-Year Pick-up the week of May 8. All guests must present their ticket at the entrance, and underclassmen should show their student ID for admission.

Graduates and their families are reminded that acceptable behavior is a requirement for graduation. Any behavior that focuses attention on an individual or disrupts the graduation will not be tolerated. Calling out, use of air horns and/or noise makers, beach balls, balloons, spray string, bubbles or other inappropriate behavior will result in diplomas being withheld until assigned work service is completed.

Additional tickets

To request additional tickets, contact Laura Ward-Moran.

Please note, we may not be able to accommodate all ticket requests due to seating limitations at HCC.

Laura Ward-Moran
Director of Student Activities, College Preparatory Dance Program Director, Ballet Academy Director
Dress Code

Seniors should report wearing caps and gowns. See Baccalaureate above for additional details. NO cap decorations are permitted. All Seniors submitted their height and weight for their cap and gown in the fall; parents do not need to submit this information. Caps and gowns are to be kept by the graduates; they do not need to be returned. No tennis shoes or flip-flops. School dress code still applies.


Wear white gown over a plain, light-colored dress with white or light-colored shoes.


Wear black gown over white shirts with a dark tie, dark dress pants, dark socks and appropriate shoes.

Graduation requirements

The following reasons may result in a diploma being held. Please email the respective faculty member with concerns and questions.

In accordance with school policy, any senior who fails a course for the year or fails to meet any other graduation requirement will not receive a diploma at graduation. A one-semester course must also receive a passing grade. A diploma will be conferred after the failures have been made up in summer school. We do, however, encourage the student and the parents to take part in the graduation ceremony even though the diploma will not be granted at that time. Only the student who is not receiving his/her diploma would be aware of that fact as all students receive the same diploma cover.


Academic failure

If a student fails one or two classes (year-long or semester) he/she will be permitted to participate in graduation activities (Baccalaureate, Graduation) but would not receive a diploma until completion of an approved summer school class at a community college. There are no summer school courses for Seniors at John Carroll School.​

If a student fails one or two classes (year-long or semester) he/she will be permitted to participate in graduation activities (Baccalaureate, Graduation) but would not receive a diploma until completion of an approved summer school class at a community college. There are no summer school courses for Seniors at John Carroll School.​

Failure to complete 55 service hours by March 24

Outstanding loaned class materials

Textbooks, athletic equipment and/or sports uniform

Tuition obligations

Inappropriate behavior and discipline

Diploma with Distinction capstone failure

Failure to successfully complete Senior English Term Paper

Have more questions?

Contact the appropriate faculty member for the events below, or review the Senior Parent Information Night slideshow.


Holocaust Remembrance Day

Senior Trip to Washington, D.C.

Service Requirements

Senior Retreat


Senior Awards


Scholarship resources