Notes from the Grade 12 Dean

Dear 12th Grade Parents,

My name is Yolanda Keener and I am looking forward to working with you and your daughters next year as their 12th grade class dean.  The senior year is a special year filled with anticipation, excitement, and time honored traditions.  Needless to say, these are unprecedented times and we know that more than ever, your daughters will no doubt be especially anxious about the year ahead.  Please know that it is my primary role as their dean to insure that they are supported in every way.

I’ve included below some important Grade 12 information that will be helpful as you and your daughters prepare for the 2020-21 school year.  I am truly honored and excited to share the senior year with your seniors.  Have a wonderful summer!

Your Grade 12 Class Dean,

Yolanda Keener 

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2021, who have all but completed their community service hours and submitted required paperwork. May they continue to make a difference in the lives of others! Many thanks for your parental support in their various endeavors.         

Grade 12 Parents: Navigating the Senior Year, A Road Map for Parents - Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 p.m. Please join Senior Class Dean Yolanda Keener, Dean of Students Lisa Craig, Upper School Director Chris Lynch and our College Counselors, Tish Peterson and Suzanne Carter for this overview of the exciting (and often very emotional) year ahead. We’ll discuss what to expect from your increasingly independent and busy daughter, how best to support her, and how we try to keep them focused and positive here at school.

GRADUATION DRESS SUGGESTION: Also on the planning ahead front: now is actually a good time to think about finding a graduation dress or suit and shoes on the summer sale racks! However, there are special requirements for the dresses regarding length, color, straps, heels, etc. I want to make sure you have the important details listed below before you get started.


Graduation dresses must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • white, ivory, or off-white dresses OR an appropriately formal white pantsuit
  • 1” minimum shoulder strap; no tank, halter, or strapless looks
  • the back of the dress must have a back as high as regular bra
  • dresses should be lined or worn with a full slip
  • a side or back slit must be no higher than the knees
  • if dress has beading or lace, it must be minimal
  • traditional/ethnic/native dress is suitable and welcomed as long as it adheres to the color requirement

We are looking to achieve a young, fresh look for our graduates


  • comfortable, flat or low heeled shoes are preferable
  • color – white or off–white,
  • no flip flops or athletic shoes