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CLASS OF 2024

Keep up to date on Senior activities during the 2023-24 school year!

If you have any questions about graduation, please contact Starr Gray, Director of Student Activities.

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Commencement

We are excited to welcome graduates and their families to campus for this year's commencement! Each graduate may invite up to 10 guests. Seven of the tickets will be assigned seating on the lower field and the additional three tickets will be for open seating in the bleachers. Each graduate will receive one parking pass to park on campus. Students will receive the commencement parking pass and tickets at the end of the commencement practice on Wednesday, May 29.

 

Parking and Transportation
  • Campus Parking - Due to limited parking space on campus, each graduate and their family will be allowed to park ONE car on campus. Gates will open at 7:45am and cars must present the parking pass at the gate to the Security Team. Additional guests can park at the satellite lots (see below) or take a ride share service.

  • Friend/Uber/Lyft Drop Off - We also highly encourage families to consider having a friend or paid car service provide drop-off and pick-up service to Commencement. This low stress solution avoids the complexities of parking and shuttle and ensures a smooth, safe arrival and departure after graduation. All cars dropping off individuals should do so at the 98th Avenue Drop Off Area. Commencement guests will walk up stairs to the Lower Field and present their Commencement ticket to the Security Team at the gate.

  • Avoid Parking in the Neighborhood

  • Satellite Parking and Shuttle Service - Additional guests can park at the satellite lots (see below) or take a ride share service.

  • North of O'Dowd: Kaleo Church - 7700 Mountain Blvd, Oakland

  • South of O'Dowd: Church of the Assumption - 1100 Fulton Ave, San Leandro

  • Shuttle service will run from these locations 7:45am - 8:15am and will shuttle guests back to the parking locations after the commencement ceremony.

  • Please note: The shuttles will drop guests off at the 98th Avenue turnaround. Anyone with mobility issues should arrive in the car parking on campus.

 

Logistics and Safety
  • During the two-hour ceremony, the seating is in the full sun on a turf field that heats up. Please be prepared for cool or warm weather. Bring layered clothing, hats, sunscreen, and your own bottle of water.

  • We ask that families carefully consider the health and safety of mobility-impaired and otherwise physically vulnerable guests. Please not that friends and family unable to attend may watch the livestream of the Commencement (see below).

 

Attire

Graduates are to wear their cap, zipped gown, graduation stoles, pins, and any leis given by family and friends.

 

Accommodations
  • We strongly recommend that any person in need of assistance getting to their seat arrives in a car parked on campus. Our buses and lower lot drop off area will not properly accommodate anyone in need of mobility assistance.

  • When arriving on campus, please alert security at the gate that a person in your party will need assistance and they will direct you where to drop off your guest(s).

Streaming

Our Technology Department will stream commencement for anyone unable to attend. The streaming link will be shared the week of commencement.

Baccalaureate Mass

All graduates and their families are invited to the Baccalaureate Mass on May 31 at 5:00pm in the Knauss Family Gymnasium. Join us as we celebrate the seniors in their last Mass at O'Dowd and pray for their continued success after graduation. To continue the celebration, a reception will follow the Mass.

 

Arrival
  • Please arrive by 4:45pm.

  • Students in the procession must arrive by 4:15pm.

  • Seating is not assigned.

 

Parking
  • Due to limited parking on campus, we strongly encourage all families to carpool or use a ride share app.

  • Parking will be on a first come, first served basis. There is no reserved or assigned parking for this event.

 

Attire and Decorum

Semi-formal attire. Graduates will wear their gowns, zipped up - no caps, stoles, or pins. To maintain the dignity and sacredness of the mass, no balloons, drones, confetti, or beverages are allowed.

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College Counseling Reminders
  • May 1 is the deadline for the Statement of Intent to Register. Because of the challenges presented this year with the updated FAFSA, however, some colleges have extended this deadline, so make sure you are aware of the deadline for your college of choice.

  • Commit to one school only and we will send one final transcript only when transcripts are available in June. If you need to make a change to your commitment, please contact your counselor as soon as possible. 

  • Once you’ve committed, come up to the counseling office and pin a flag with your name and new school on our college map!

  • Counselors are here to help you in the decision-making process, so please reach out if you need support! 

  • This is the final stretch of high school! Your grades still count!

  • Remember to thank the people who wrote your letters of recommendation and update them on your college outcomes. They want to hear from you!

  • View more financial aid tips.

Senior Class Gift

Join us in honoring and celebrating O’Dowd teachers!

The Senior Class Gift supports the Fund for Faculty Excellence, which provides professional development and assists in continuing to recruit and retain talented teachers.

Exciting news!  We have a $50,000 match from a senior grandparent committed to appreciating and supporting the faculty. Your gift will be doubled - help us reach our goal of 100% participation from senior families and achieve the full match. We are proud to share with family contributions and our generous grandparent match, senior families have raised more than $94,000 so far - thank you so much!

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Senior Ball

May 18, 6:00-10:00pm

 

This year's Senior Ball will take place at Scott's Pavilion in Jack London Square. The evening will include dinner and dancing. Permission slips will be released on Schoology on Friday, April 19. They are due to Marguerite Green on Friday, May 10.

 

Start planning! This year's theme is Met Gala Heavenly Bodies.

Senior Sunset and BBQ

May 22, 6:00-8:30pm

 

Celebrate the sun setting on your senior year at O'Dowd with your class. Come enjoy food, music and each other on the CES Patio

Senior Sunrise photos are here.

Grad Night

It’s time to purchase your spot for the Grad Night at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Students will leave on buses May 23, spend the whole night enjoying the amusement park, and journey back to school the morning of May 24. Space is limited so do not wait to purchase your tickets! Tickets must be purchased and permissions slips must be turned in by Monday, May 6.

Senior-Parent/Guardian Mass

Our beloved tradition of Senior-Parent/Guardian Mass took place on Thursday, October 12 in Knauss Gymnasium. This special Mass is a beautiful celebration honoring our seniors' final year at O'Dowd, and for some, their final year at home.

Photos are here.

Caps, Gowns, & Announcements

We use Achievers for caps, gowns, and announcements. The cost of the cap and gown is covered by O’Dowd.

Graduation announcements are a separate cost and can be purchased from Achievers or elsewhere. Contact Luz Garcia at Achievers or call 408-441-7200.

Mark Your Calendars
February

26 Confirm Diploma Name (see email sent to Seniors)

 

March

2 FAFSA Priority Deadline

15 Submit Gown Size Through Achievers Website

 

April

10 Senior Class Meeting

29 Senior Contract due to Ms. Donahue

May

1 Senior Award Ceremony (6:30pm)

2 Supporting Your 12th Grader's Transition to College, (6:30 - 7-30pm, Cummins Center)

18 Senior Ball at Scotts Pavilion (6:00-10:00pm)

22 Senior Sunset & BBQ (6:00-8:30pm)

23-24 Grad Nite at Magic Mountain

29 Graduation Practice (1:30 - 3:15pm)

31 Baccalaureate Mass Knauss Gym (5:00pm)

June

1 Commencement Ceremony, Lower Field at 9:00am (graduates arrive 8:15am)

17 Diplomas Available in Main Office

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