Graduation Reminders for the Class of 2021

Hello to the Class of 2021 and families,

As it gets closer to Graduation, we want to share a few reminders.  

Click here to access the full Graduation Packet.  

Click here for Important Graduation Day instructions for students and guests. 

Graduation Update:

In light of the newest COVID-19 mitigation guidelines, we have received several requests to adjust graduation from two ceremonies to one ceremony. Unfortunately, based on the latest guidelines, this is not possible. While the overall capacity for outdoor venues has increased from 25% to 60%, six-foot social distancing is still required between family groups. This distancing requirement essentially negates the bump in overall capacity, and as a result, we are moving ahead with our stated plans of holding two graduation ceremonies. We will, however, be able to offer each student 3 guest tickets instead of the original 2 by seating more guests on the field.  

Senior Bag Distribution:

All graduates will need to pick up their Senior Bag on Tuesday, May 25th (for those in the 3 p.m. ceremony) and Wednesday, May 26th (for those in the 6 p.m. ceremony) from 1:30-4:30 p.m. each day. You will drive East down Erie Street and stop at the Erie Street Entrance (Door 7) where a volunteer will pass you your bag. If you need to walk up, instead of drive, you may do that as well. Students should come on the day associated with their assigned graduation ceremony time, but we are aware that some may have scheduling conflicts. For those that cannot make it during these times, we will have a makeup option to pick them up from the Student Activity Center on Thursday, May 27th from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Ms. Angie Sakellaris.

Viewing Graduation: 

Each student will now be able to receive three (3) guest tickets for Graduation. You will receive your tickets with your cap and gown at Senior Bag Distribution. All 3 tickets will be for the same section: Home Bleachers, Visitor Bleachers, or Accommodated Field seating. Areas have been randomly assigned to families, with siblings receiving tickets to the same section. You may receive Accommodated Field seating, but didn’t request it. This is because we are able to seat a large amount of people on the field in this section. Everyone in attendance must wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing.  

In addition to being in person, anyone can also watch the graduation through this live stream link or on our Facebook page. Live streaming will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday May 29, 2021. 

Saliva Testing a Must for Commencement:

All students participating in graduation will need to submit a saliva test. Students who do not submit a saliva test will not be allowed to attend the ceremony. 

All Students that did not submit on Wednesday (5/18) or Thursday (5/19) must submit before 1 p.m. on Monday, May 24, or Tuesday, May 25.

Any student who cannot make the deadlines above has one absolutely final deadline to drop off a sample: By Thursday, May 27, at 1 p.m.

For students who have not previously submitted a saliva sample, you will need to pick up a saliva test kit (including instructions) Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center.  NOTE: Prior to picking up a kit, the first parent/guardian in each student’s Skyward account will need to consent to saliva testing.  Click here for instructions on how to consent to testing.  

Health Screening: 

In addition, students attending graduation will need to have their parent/guardian complete their student’s health certification on the day of Graduation prior to arriving at the school.  The first parent/guardian in the student’s Skyward account will receive an email at 4 a.m. with instructions on how to complete the screener.  You must receive a green check mark in order to attend the trip that day.  Students will need to show their green check mark upon arrival.

Textbook Returns:

Graduating seniors must return all textbooks to the bookstore by Friday, May 21, 2021 or unreturned textbooks will be billed. No official transcripts will be issued until all obligations are paid.  Also, feel free to stop in any day the week of May 24th to pick up any items in your locker, including your lock. Any items left after May 28th will be disposed of or donated to charity. 

A reminder to seniors: Please be extra cautious about following public health safety protocols, particularly if you are not vaccinated. We are obligated to follow Oak Park Department of Public Health requirements regarding the length of quarantine for COVID cases or close contact with someone who is positive—and currently, that is 14 days. Do everything you possibly can to stay healthy and avoid exposure before Commencement on May 29.

Additional Questions about Graduation can be directed to Student Activities by calling 708-434-3774 or emailing asakellaris@oprfhs.org or sjohnson@oprfhs.org

Thank you, 

Susan Johnson

Director of Student Activities