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What exactly is Senior Convocation?

High school graduation is a time when everyone anticipates the big commencement ceremony, with its handshakes and hugs, pictures and parties, and all the magic of a milestone achieved.  But prior to all of this, Eastlake also celebrates Senior Convocation, formerly known as Baccalaureate.    

Senior Convocation remains a formal, non-denominational ceremony that allows our graduates to receive a community blessing before they leave the Wolf Pack.  It is a quiet and reflective occasion that focuses on the personal growth and achievements of our graduates.  It is also an opportunity to honor them as they launch into adulthood and begin a new chapter in their lives.   

The ceremony includes a keynote speech that often is about the challenges the future may hold.  Senior Convocation also features faculty and student speakers.  Seniors can apply to speak at the event, giving them an opportunity to share something meaningful with their classmates and showcase their talent, regardless of academic standing.  Other performances might also include student vocalists, musicians and/or dancers.   

Senior Convocation can be a very moving and emotional experience for students and their families – not to mention teachers and administrators.  With the weight of worry about grades, college admissions and/or job searches lifted, relief and pride mix together to create a lovely and memorable experience for everyone involved.