• Good Morning,


    Below is important information for all seniors and families. Please note all items relevant to graduation have been moved to the top of the newsletter. June 10th is quickly approaching, and I want to make sure that all senior families are prepared. As always, do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. 


    Graduation Items



    The date for graduation has changed. Graduation is scheduled for Monday, June 10, 2024. 


    Commencement Information

    Please use the following links for information about commencement.

    Commencement Video Presentation

    Commencement Slides

    Commencement Booklet


    Cap and Gown

    Please use this link in order to order cap, gown, and tassel for graduation: Cap and Gown Order Link. The cap, gown, tassel, and stole cost $57.00. Cap and Gown orders will remain open until April 5th. If you are having difficulty using the online ordering system or you need to pay for your cap and gown in cash, we will have a representative from Balfour available on May 2nd in the Library at 11am. 


    Graduation Speech Contest

    Attention all seniors interested in writing a graduation speech. We are now taking rough draft submissions for graduation speeches. Your graduation speech should be original, 2-3 minutes in length, and related to your experience at Upper Darby High School. Please submit your speech to Mr. Ferrise at jferrise@upperdarbysd.org


    Work Based Learning

    One of the requirements for graduation for the state of Pennsylvania is that you complete work-based learning activities to help prepare you for future employment. In order to fulfill this requirement, you must complete an online course similar to the type of training you might complete in the workplace. Below you will find instructions on how to access the work-based learning online course. 


    Work-Based Learning Instructions

    To access the online course, please use the following link.

    Vector Solutions Login Page

    The online coursework for Work Based Learning is due on March 1, 2024. 


    Yearbook Orders

    Please use this link to order a yearbook for the 23-24 school year: Balfour Yearbooks. To order a yearbook, select “Shop Now” under “Yearbook Products.” Once you enter your student’s information, you will be prompted to select a yearbook package. The yearbook costs $75.00. 



    Please be aware that students are required to return their school-provided Chromebook and charger at the end of the year. Failure to do so will result in an obligation that needs to be paid in order for the student to receive a diploma and walk in graduation. 


    Important News


    Senior Sunrise

    Please join us for the first annual Senior Sunrise. The event is scheduled on April 19th from 6:00-7:30 AM in the stadium. This event is for seniors only. Please join us for a free breakfast as we watch the sunrise over Upper Darby High School. Seniors will also be decorating shirts and jeans. An RSVP is required. Please fill out the following survey in order to secure a spot. I’ll see you bright and early on April 19th!


    Organization and Time Management Workshop

    Do you struggle with time management? Do you want to develop better study habits before college? Do you want to learn about different strategies to stay organized? If so, I would encourage you to attend an organization and time management workshop held in the senior center. Workshops will be led by our resident organization expert and School Psychologist, Stephani Pancerella. The workshops are available to all seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays during FLEX. If you are an early graduate or student with an early out, please contact me if you would like to attend. Please sign up for a workshop using this link. This is an awesome opportunity. Please take advantage of it.


    Rolling Admissions - Resources

    For resources regarding rolling admissions, please access this document. Our counselors have put together a collection of links of students who are still deciding on their post-secondary plan.

    Rolling Admissions



    Upcoming Events


    College and Career Week - April 15th-19th

    Thursday, April 18th is College and Career t-shirt day. Please wear an item of clothing representing your post-secondary plan. On Friday, April 19th, please wear your senior t-shirt. 


    Senior Sunrise - April 19th

    This event is scheduled from 6:00-7:30am in the stadium. Please RSVP using the link above. 


    Upper Darby Has Talent - April 26th

    Please join us for our annual Talent Show. Please be on the lookout for information about participating in the all school talent show. 


    Cap and Gown - May 2nd

    A representative from Balfour will be on campus on May 2nd for in person cap and gown purchases. If you have yet to purchase a cap and gown, please be prepared to purchase a cap in gown in person on that date. The representative will be in the MMR during that time. 


    Post-Secondary Pride Day - May 3rd

    Students will celebrate their college decisions on May 3rd in the MMR. I will send more information out about this event as we get closer to May 3rd.




    College Acceptances

    Please notify your counselor when you get accepted to college. We would love to add you to our wall of acceptances out front the center. Remember to update your acceptances on Naviance as well.


    Senior Class T-Shirts

    We still have Senior Class T-Shirts available in the Third Floor Center. Speak with Ms. May in the center to pick up a shirt. The shirt is free for all seniors.


    Royal Points

    In order to participate in school events, students need to have over 85 Royal Points. Royal Points are a measure of student behavior. Students will lose Royal Points for infractions of the Code of Character, such as being late to school or cutting class. We are hitting the time of the year where some students may dip below 85 Royal Points. If you have fallen below the threshold, reach out to Mr. Udovich or Mr. Niagara. We can get you set up with Royal Recovery in order to earn your points back with positive behavior. 


    Home Access Center

    Parents can access their student’s grades and report cards through the Home Access Center. Please use the following link for instructions on how to login to the Home Access Center.

    Home Access Center Instructions



    Senior Timeline

    Be sure to check out this presentation from our School Counselors in the Senior Center. Make sure that you are staying on track with your post-secondary plan. 


    If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly. 


    Kind regards, 


    Joseph Niagara