Important Dates for Seniors
Tue., Nov. 7 - College Financial Aid Night
- The Michigan Office of Scholarships and Grants will visit Lansing Catholic on Tue., Nov. 7, 2023 at 6pm in the Auditorium. The presentation will address college financial aid, including completing the FAFSA financial aid application, student loans, how to apply for scholarships, and more. All are welcome! College-bound Junior and Seniors and their families are highly encouraged to attend.
- Jostens is excited to help you celebrate your senior year! You can watch this short video for more information about ordering graduation announcements, senior apparel and more provided by our Jostens representative Amy Hollandsworth or click here to view products or to place an order. The deadline to order from Jostens is January 1, 2024 to ensure a timely delivery in the spring and for the best prices.
- Traditional school photos will be used for the yearbook. Questions about yearbook photos should be directed to our Yearbook Advisor Mrs. Van Koevering
- Traditional cap & gown photos taken before graduation will be used for the class composite that hangs in the school hallway.
- Senior photos may be used in celebrating seniors in social media posts
- Senior Yearbook Ad Information - Due by January 9 - no exceptions
Fri., April 19 - Prom
- Prom will be held at the Eagle Eye Golf & Banquet Center on Friday, April 19, 2024 beginning at 7pm.
- Tickets for the Prom will go on sale at lunch the week prior to spring break and include dinner, dancing, a raffle, a gift, and many memories.
- Guest forms are due by May 8. Please contact our Student Life Director Mrs. Lynn Collom with any questions about Prom.
May 3 (or April 29) Service Hours are DUE
- Service hours for the graduation requirement (85 hours) must be completed, logged, and verified by Friday May 3, 2024. (For students pursuing the Service Distinction Award (205+ hours), all service hours must be completed, logged, and verified by Monday, April 29, 2024.) For any questions about service hours, students should stop by the library to see Ms. Webster.
Sat., May 4 - Moscars
- The Moscars event celebrates our Senior Mock Elections and is student organized. The event is for students only.
- This year students have decided that the dress code is black tie with the red carpet starting at 6:30pm and the main event starting at 7pm in the Auditorium.
- Please contact our Student Life Director Mrs. Lynn Collom with any questions about this event.
Mon.-Fri., April 29 - May 17 - AP Tests
- AP Tests for AP classes will take place April 29 to May 19, depending on the class, and some testing may take place off site. For questions about AP testing, please contact Mr. Stolpa.
Fri., May 10 - Student Breakfast Tailgate, Last Day of Classes & Senior Sendoff Mass
- We are continuing the long-standing tradition of the senior students organizing a breakfast tailgate prior to the start of the school day. This takes place in the student parking lot on the seniors’ official last day of classes.
- Senior students also wear shirts to represent the college they plan to attend in the fall with uniform bottoms on this last day of classes.
- We will gather as a school community for a Senior Sendoff Mass at 1:45pm.
- After Mass there will be a special reception and yearbook signing.
- Parents are welcome to join us at Mass to sit with their seniors and at the reception and should arrive by 1:40pm in the gym.
Mon. & Tue., May 13 & 14 - Senior Exams
- 1st, 2nd, & 4th hour exams - Monday, May 13
- 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th hour exams - Tuesday, May 14
- Students do not need to be present in the building except for their exam, but may use the Library as a study area if arriving early.
- Exam Waivers will be distributed the week prior. Details on exam waivers can be found here.
Wed., May 15 - Graduation Practice & Senior Checkout 9am-11am
- This event is mandatory for all Seniors as we prepare for the celebratory ceremonies and finalize logistics and distribute caps, gowns, and other regalia.
- (Students who have not yet completed their graduation requirements by this time may be allowed to participate in end of year events once seniors and their parents have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining what is expected with set deadlines.)
Wed., May 15 - Senior Class Photo at 6:30pm and Baccalaureate Mass & Awards at 7pm
- Baccalaureate Mass & Awards is on Wed., May 15 at St. Mary Cathedral at 7pm.
- Seniors will wear their black graduation gown zipped with no cap or other regalia.
- Seniors need to arrive by 6:30pm at the latest to organize for a class photo on the Cathedral steps. Seniors will immediately line up and process into Mass following the class photo.
- Mass will begin at 7pm and awards will begin after the closing hymn.
- Following the awards, there will be a reception at the parish hall.
- Seating is first come first serve at the Cathedral.
- Baccalaureate Mass & Awards typically lasts a little over 2 hours.
- Senior Award List & Descriptions
- If you are in need of contact information for graduation party invites, our LCHS Family Directory is accessible inside of your FACTS Family Portal Account.
Sun., May 19 at 1pm - Legacy Ceremony
- The Legacy Ceremony is at 1pm on Sun., May 19 in Lansing Catholic’s St. John Paul the Great Chapel.
- This ceremony is only for the graduates who have a parent who is an alum from Lansing Catholic High School or one of our heritage schools and their parents.
- The ceremony typically lasts about 20 minutes. Please contact Mrs. Wilcox with any questions
Sun., May 19 at 2pm - Graduation
- Graduation will take place in Lansing Catholic’s Gym at 2pm on Sunday, May 19, 2024.
- Seating is first come first serve in the Gym. There are no tickets required to attend.
- Seniors must arrive by 1:30pm and report to the senior hallway for a graduate portrait, final instructions, and to line up.
- (LCHS grounds and building will be open at 12:30pm for photo ops on May 19.)
- Graduation typically lasts 1 hour.
College Planning - Mrs. Dawn Anderson
Email Accounts for College Admissions and Other Post High School Endeavors
- We encourage seniors to create a personal email account that presents a professional image of themselves to use when applying for colleges, employment, and other post-high school endeavors. School accounts will be eliminated shortly after graduation and we do not want the Class of 2024 missing out on key information from colleges or employers. If they you have already applied using your school email account, please notify the institution that you need to change your contact information to your personal email address and that all future communication be sent there.
Xello & College Applications
- College application materials including letters of recommendations and transcripts must be officially sent through Xello and/or Common App. It is important that Senior students update their Xello accounts throughout the school year.
- November 1st is the deadline for "early action" and "early decision." Early action means that you apply early and get your admissions decision (and financial aid offers) early. Early decision is binding, and if you get accepted it usually means that you agree to withdraw your applications to all other schools.
- It is recommended that you finish your college applications by November 1st and then apply for scholarships and financial aid in November.
- Some colleges will request mid-year grades before making admissions decisions. This is a common part of the application process. Mid-year transcripts will be sent to colleges at the end of January to those who require it. If you receive any additional requests for mid-year transcripts please email Mrs. Anderson.
- For any pending applications, students should login to the college's student portal to track their application status.
- Students talk with Mrs. Anderson if they need help with or have Xello, Common App, or college application questions.
- College Planning Links:
- College Visit and Career Explorations Visit Form - use when a student is going on a college visit
- College Recruitment Request Form - use when a student would like to visit with a recruiter during the school day
- FAFSA ID Guide
- Michigan College Application Fee Waivers
- Scholarships - bold.org
- Scholarships - bold.org - upcoming deadlines
- Common Application Guide 23-24
- College Scholarship List - organized by due date
- College Scholarship List - organized by due date
- Certificate Programs in Michigan
- Senior Checklist for College Bound Students
- Writing your College Essays
- Primary College Admissions Factors
- Activities List Form
- Michigan's Public University Admissions Guide
- Michigan's Private Colleges Map & Contact Info
- Michigan College Access Network Institution Updates
- Michigan's College Guide
- FAFSA Cheat Sheet
- College Application Timeline
- College Scholarships
- Michigan College Scholarships for GPA & SAT scores
- Michigan College Scholarships
- Virtual College Visits
- LCC Admissions Info Sheet & Apply to LCC
College Financial Aid
- The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is required for many scholarships, grants, and other financial aid opportunities. Filling out the FAFSA as soon as possible could mean more money for college, especially for scholarships that are awarded on a first come first served basis, so keep an eye on scholarship deadlines. Below are links to scholarship lists, but be sure to review your college's financial aid website for more opportunities as well! If you or your student have any questions please contact Mrs. Anderson.
College Aid Pro
Below is a link to register for "How Financial Aid and Scholarships Work" virtual webinar on November 8th @ 6:30pm ET. Even if you cannot attend live, you will receive and email the next day with the recording from the presentation (but you still need to register).
We have invested in an "all in one" financial aid and scholarship platform for all Lansing Catholic families. We strongly recommend you activate your account here before the presentation. Use code LANSING100 on the 'Premium' plan (listed at $149) for full access.
During the webinar, financial aid experts will discuss:
1. Will you be eligible for financial aid?
2. Where is your student likely to receive scholarships?
3. How do we get discounts even if we don't qualify for financial aid?
4. FAFSA dos and donts (and 2024-25 changes!)
What divorced/separated families should know
Financial Aid Applications & Offers
- Don't forget to complete the FAFSA and CSS applications. FAFSA is required for all federal aid. CSS is for non-federal aid from individual colleges. If you have been accepted into a college, and that college asks you to complete your financial aid applications, they mean one of both of these. Here is a list of colleges that require the CSS Profile. The CSS Profile deadline is typically March 31.
- Many students who completed their financial aid applications are receiving financial aid offers. Please read them carefully. Different colleges have different formats and it can be difficult to compare offers.You can accept or reject any part of an offer, and you can appeal an offer if you feel you are eligible for more aid (especially if your family’s financial situation has changed recently). Please contact Mrs. Anderson with any questions.
- Scholarship Links
- If your student is planning to play college athletics, please follow up with our Athletic Director Mr. Goodrich, and Mrs. Anderson about your NCAA and/or NAIA clearinghouse accounts.
Past Due for Seniors -
Sept., 21 & 22, Oct. 26-29 or Jan. 24-26 - Senior Retreat Options
- Retreat Information for the 23-24 school year
- Contact Fr. Joseph Campbell or Mr. Brennan with any questions.
Due by Nov. 1 - Diploma Names & Graduation Gowns Form
- All parents and students should complete this form as an extra checkpoint for accuracy of spelling for your official high school diploma and custom sizing for your graduation gown.
- The cost of the graduation cap and gown is already covered with your tuition and fees and there is no additional cost on your part for this. The diploma order as well as the cap & gown order will be placed by Mrs. Karen Gavin for the entire senior class in November.
- Deadline to complete the diploma name & gown size form: November 1, 2023.