Tickets NOT required to enter Stadium for outdoor Commencement

May 7, 2014

Dear Families of Graduating Students,

Given the timing of our information packet about Commencement, we have revisited our decision to require and limit the number of tickets for the outdoor ceremony in the Stadium.

We are not requiring tickets to enter the Stadium for Commencement this year.

However, to ensure that each student is able to have at least some family members or friends in the Stadium, please be considerate with the size of your group. We must close the Stadium when it reaches its capacity of 5,000 guests. For the previous two graduations, we have reached capacity by 2:45 p.m. We will have some overflow seating in bleachers at ground level, and we anticipate it will fill quickly.

In the very likely event we must close the Stadium, guests will be redirected to seats in the Auditorium, on a first-come basis. The Auditorium is air conditioned and will have a live stream of the program.

As a reminder, in the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the Field House. Seating inside is limited! A maximum of four guests may attend an indoor ceremony, two in the Field House and two in the Auditorium with the live stream.

I’d like to add a few words about the end of the school year. Unfortunately, in recent years we have required additional police presence during the last days of school to assist with the departure of students as they leave the area. We have had some students commit criminal damage to property. Though we have seen improvement, there are still some students who decide to leave our school a mess, with papers, trash, and clothes thrown about. Papers, clothes, and garbage in the halls and especially the stairwells pose a tripping hazard. Water, fire crackers, and other pranks also cause alarm or large-scale panic. Due to these issues, we will again have additional police presence in and around the building during our last week of school. We will also limit passes to keep the hallways clear. Students engaging in these behaviors, even if they seem harmless, will face consequences.

This is where you can help. Please stress to your seniors the importance of ending the year on a positive note. They need to remember that there are still many activities for them to participate in. The year is not completely over. We don’t want students to do anything that would jeopardize their attendance at the Senior Barbecue, let alone the opportunity to participate in the Commencement ceremony with their classmates. Our hope is that when that final bell of their high school career rings, our seniors will exit the building as they entered it four years ago—with class.

Thank you, and best of luck to your students on finals!


Nathaniel Rouse