- Upper School
Dear Seniors and Parents,
What a special time of year for your family. We are praying over each of you as we approach the finish line, and we are so grateful for your partnership. On May 17, seniors will have a special lunch together and then be dismissed to work on their projects. This three-week period is a memorable and exciting experience that culminates in a special end to their Bear Creek careers. The projects are presented during the last week of school, and this rewarding and exciting journey crescendos in Commencement at noon on June 15.
As we approach the many unique year-end events, please use the following as a check-list to plan and prepare for the days ahead.
Commencement Tickets, Cap and Gown Pick-up
- Commencement tickets are available for pick-up in the main offices at both the Upper School and Main building at Redmond Campus. Feel free ask for as many tickets as you need for your entire guest list.
- Caps and gowns are available for pick-up at the Upper School main office beginning June 10, but will not be released to students until all textbooks, library books, team uniforms, and blazers are returned and all school fees are paid.
- Gowns are rented and must be returned after the ceremony, but students may keep the caps, honor cords, and tassels. Please be sure to have the gown ironed or professionally pressed before Commencement.
Senior Capstone Lunch and Sweatshirt Photo
Friday, May 17 at 11:15 a.m.
C.E. “Ted” Kindel Library (Main Building)
This Friday the senior class will come together for their college sweatshirt photo and one last check-in with their advisors, followed by a pizza lunch. Mr. Sorensen and Miss Dennison will lead this meeting with students. Mrs. Stump will take attendance at 11:15 a.m. before the sweatshirt photo.
Senior Capstone Project Presentations
Monday, June 10, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11, 8:15 a.m. – noon
Wednesday, June 12, 8:15 a.m. – noon
- Seniors are required to attend the presentations of their peers during all presentation blocks on all three presentation days and will need to arrive by 8:15 a.m. each day.
- Parents are invited to attend their son or daughter’s presentation as well as those of his/her classmates.
- The Senior Capstone Project presentation schedule will be posted on Friday. Check the Senior Class tab on MyBC/Parents and MyBC/Students.
- Students usually wear business attire (slacks, skirts, dress shirts/blouses, ties, etc.) when delivering their presentations unless otherwise arranged. Seniors may wear free dress when they are not presenting.
Senior Commencement Rehearsal
Tuesday, June 11, at noon
After the last senior project presentation on Tuesday, the senior class will have a quick lunch (salads and pizza) and then proceed to Bellevue Presbyterian Church for Commencement rehearsal. All students will ride to and from rehearsal on the school bus.
Upper School Honors Assembly
Thursday, June 13, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Performing Arts Center
- Seniors must be present at 9:45 a.m.
- Students in grades 9-12 will be presented with a variety of honors and awards celebrating their achievements, hard work, and great contributions to our school community.
- Seniors are expected to wear dressy attire, including dresses and skirts for the girls with a modest hem line and neckline. Slacks, shirts, and ties are appropriate for the boys. During the assembly, seniors will be sitting on the stage.
- Parents are welcome to attend, and no RSVP is necessary.
Seniors vs. Faculty Softball Game
Thursday, June 13, 11:30 a.m.
The traditional senior class vs. faculty softball game will take place after the Upper School Honors Assembly. Coach Pohlman will be grilling burgers and brats for the seniors and faculty before the game on Owens Field. Bring your shorts, gloves, and sneakers. This is a wonderful experience for all and involves some spirited competition!
Senior Breakfast, An Evening of Honors Rehearsal, and Cap and Gown Pictures
Friday, June 14, 9:00 a.m.
Cornerstone Theater (Main Building)
- Seniors begin the morning with a delicious breakfast and open their time capsules from Middle School.
- After breakfast, seniors will rehearse for An Evening of Honors with Mrs. Blankenbeckler. This is a critical time for seniors to receive details and practice for An Evening of Honors so the evening’s events run smoothly.
- Once rehearsal is finished, the seniors will have an official cap and gown photo taken on the Upper School terrace. Please plan to arrive picture-ready in the the morning. Boys should bring a white dress shirt with a collar and necktie for these pictures. Girls should bring or wear a white blouse. (Please do not wear crew neck T-shirts or sweatshirts.) A cap and gown will be provided for picture-taking purposes. Seniors do not need to bring their own caps and gowns for these photos.
An Evening of Honors
Friday, June 14, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Cornerstone Theater (Main Building)
- The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is not assigned; however, dessert for this event has been based on your RSVP, so please limit guests to the number originally submitted. This event is for immediate family members only (parents and siblings).
- Dressy attire is expected. Senior ladies, please avoid revealing dresses and maintain modest hem lengths and necklines. Senior men, please wear dress shirts, ties, and dress pants or slacks. Jackets are not required, but are appropriate for this event.
- A video recording will be taken of An Evening of Honors. Copies will be distributed to senior families during the summer, along with a recording of Commencement.
- Parents are free to photograph or take video of seniors as the awards are presented. A Bear Creek photographer will also be present and will make photos available online.
Saturday, June 15, at noon – 2:00 p.m.
Bellevue Presbyterian Church
- All seniors need to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. and gather for pictures in Room S-150. Signs will indicate the location of the meeting room, and Mrs. Stump will give students directions. Senior choir members may be asked to arrive earlier if needed. A light snack will be available for students while they await the ceremony.
- Senior men must wear black, dark gray, or navy dress pants, a white dress shirt, tie, black socks, and black shoes. Jackets are not required under the graduation gown.
- Senior ladies must wear either a white dress, a white skirt and blouse ensemble, or a white tailored suit, and white or taupe shoes. Please avoid revealing dresses and maintain modest hem lengths and necklines.
- Please make sure that all gowns are pressed. Many families have used a professional dry cleaner with great results.
- The doors for general admission to the sanctuary will open at 11:00 a.m. Seating is un-assigned; however, some seats are reserved and marked accordingly for faculty, members of the processional, and special guests.
- Parents and guests are welcome to take photographs throughout the ceremony but are asked to respect the formality and flow of the event by taking photographs from an inconspicuous location. A professional photographer will also be present to capture the “hand-shake” shot, and a Bear Creek photographer will be taking photos during the ceremony. Both sets of photos will be available online shortly after Commencement.
- The Commencement ceremony will also be recorded by a videographer, and copies will be distributed to senior families during the summer along with a video recording of An Evening of Honors.
- The photographer will stage the traditional cap toss outside the church following the ceremony. You may want to have your cameras ready for this classic shot!
- All gowns must be returned and checked in with Mrs. Leckvold and Mrs. Stump in room S-150 before seniors leave the church.
We are thrilled for our class of 2019! Each student is so special to our school and has left unique fingerprints for which we are thankful. As mentioned above, we are praying for each of you and all of your families as we approach graduation. We are grateful to share in this season and to be a part of your stories.
Karen Wright, Ph.D.