March Letter to Senior Parents





Office of the Principal


March 26, 2018

Dear Senior Parents,
Graduation will be held Monday, May 14, 2018, at 4:00 pm, at McAlister Auditorium, on the campus of Tulane University, 67 McAlister Road, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70118.  Graduates should be there at 3:00 p.m.  Further information about graduation and other senior activities is listed below.


Below, you will find a calendar of Senior Class events for 2018.  Your son or daughter will also receive a copy of this information in homeroom.  The seniors will be given more details concerning graduation as we get closer to Graduation Day.  Please adhere to all instructions given regarding our final senior activities.



It is absolutely imperative that you and your son or daughter understand that all De La Salle Student Handbook regulations regarding appropriate dress, behavior, and demeanor will be strictly adhered to during these events.


April 5 – Thursday – Senior Parent Night ~ Mandatory for Parents
6:00 p.m.  There is a mandatory meeting for all Senior Parents on April 5.  The meeting will be held in the CAVS Center starting promptly at 6:00 p.m.  Senior events will be discussed.  One representative from every family must attend.

Tickets for graduation will be handed out at this meeting.


Please e-mail Marilyn D’Antoni at mda[email protected] or call at 504-503-7621 for information.

April 21 – Saturday – Junior/Senior Prom
Where: TBD

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9pm-midnight (lock in 9:30-11:30)

Who: DLS juniors and seniors may each purchase up to 2 tickets–1 for themselves and 1 for a guest of the opposite gender from either DLS (underclassmen are permitted as guests) or another school

Refreshments will be available (no food).

Attire: formal (tuxedos for young men, appropriate dresses for young ladies); all DLS grooming rules apply.

Cost: TBA

April 25, Wednesday ~ C and D Period Final Exams / Graduation Practice
Graduation practice will begin immediately in the theatre after the second exam.  Attendance is mandatory.

April 26, Thursday ~ A and B Period Final Exams / Graduation Practice
Graduation practice will begin immediately in the theatre after the second exam.  Attendance is mandatory.

April 27, Friday ~ Senior Fun Day ~ Faculty/Senior Basketball Game
Seniors will have a “fun day” on this Friday at the JCC.  The day will include use of the JCC swimming pool.  Then they can enjoy lunch at school and attend and/or participate in the faculty/senior basketball game during the last period of the day.  Faculty members will be chaperoning.

May 3, Thursday ~ All Sports Banquet
5:30 p.m. at De La Salle.  Further information is available through the Athletic Director, Tony Bonura, [email protected], 504-503-7576.

May 5, Saturday ~ Senior Awards Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Jefferson Orleans South, 2536 Edenborn Avenue, Metairie, LA, 70002.


Parents and family are invited.  Cost:  $50 per person.

Tickets are limited, and they are on sale now with Mrs. D’Antoni.
(Senior ticket was included in his/her graduation fee.  Ticket will be given out on Senior Parent Night.)  All other tickets may be purchased from Marilyn D’Antoni, [email protected] (504-503-7621).  NO WALK-INS.

May 8, Tuesday ~ Final Graduation Practice
10:00 a.m. at McAlister Auditorium on Tulane’s campus.  Seniors are responsible for their own transportation.  Dress is school uniform for all seniors.  Caps and gowns will be distributed at this practice.  Students who have not fulfilled the needed credits because of failure (exceeding 2 credits) in the school year will be notified before this time that they cannot participate in graduation.

May 14, Monday ~ Graduation
4:00 p.m. until approximately 6:15 p.m. at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium. Graduates arrive by 3:00 p.m.  It is recommended that family and friends arrive early since there are no reserved seats for the graduation other than those reserved for the faculty.

Senior boys are to wear white dress shirts, conservative ties, pants, and dress shoes under their caps and gowns.  Socks must be worn.  Mr. Perrone will check to see that all De La Salle grooming regulations have been adhered to prior to the ceremony.

Senior girls are to wear dresses which are in keeping with the maroon graduation garb.  The girls’ gowns are provided with an attachable collar.  These are to be worn and pinned in place.  The tape provided does not hold the collar properly.  Appropriately colored dress shoes should be worn.  PLATFORM SHOES OR FLIP FLOPS ARE NOT ALLOWED. 

*Please help us maintain good order by inviting guests carefully and instructing them on the seriousness of the ceremony and the need for appropriate behavior.  In general, adults alone should be invited.  Thank you in advance for assisting us in making this a solemn occasion.

**Graduates and their parents are responsible for their guests.  Shouting or disturbance by guests during the graduation ceremony will result in the graduate being deprived of his/her diploma at the ceremony. 


***Seniors allowed to participate in the graduation exercises but who must attend summer school will be given a box with a paper diploma (the official diploma will not be enclosed).  Graduation is merely the public ceremony acknowledging the completion of high school.  However, the De La Salle diploma is not official until the student’s final transcript has been certified by the school.  This occurs approximately a week after the candidate successfully completes regular classes or summer school.  Diplomas for these students will be handed out at the completion of summer school. Thank you so much for your understanding in this matter.



Seniors must be present at ALL GRADUATION PRACTICES.  Failure to attend could result in being deprived of public graduation on the 14th.  Being on time and properly wearing the school uniform is mandated.  Please arrange all work schedules and other schedules to accommodate the times of the practices.  Caps and gowns will be distributed at the graduation practice on Tuesday, May 8th.


We look forward to a joyous and dignified celebration of this wonderful class of Cavaliers.




Paul Kelly, ‘83



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