Senior Year Information

Commencement for the Class of 2014 will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, in the Lindbergh Center.

Students must meet all graduation requirements.  If a student is uncertain of his/her status, they should make an appointment to meet with their counselor as soon as possible once school is in session.


Seniors will complete an order form for their cap and gown the first week of school during their Senior Business Meeting.  This information will not come home with your student.  Seniors will pick up their cap, gown, tassel and graduation tickets after they have completed the Senior Check-Out process in late May/early June.  Caps and gowns are no longer returned, seniors keep them following commencement.


Seniors who have met all graduation requirements will receive their diploma and a copy of their final transcript in the mail at the end of June.  Seniors attending summer school following graduation, will not receive their diploma or final transcript until late August.  Summer school grades are not posted until staff returns in late August.


Information for seniors interested in carrying the flag of their country of birth at graduation (other than the United States) will be available in January.  Seniors must be in good standing both academically and behaviorally for their application to be considered as participating in graduation is an honor and a privilege.


  • Seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.667 or higher at the end of first semester will graduate with academic honors.  These students will be noted for academic honors in the commencement program and will receive a gold tassel for their graduation cap to wear at the commencement ceremony.
  • Seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.95 or higher at the end of first semester will graduate with academic distinction.  These students will be honored at Senior Recognition Night (scheduled for Wednesday, May 7, 2014), at which time they will receive their gold rope stole to be worn at the commencement ceremony.  They will also be noted for academic honors in the commencement program and will receive a gold tassel for their graduation cap.  This event is by invitation only, which will be mailed home.
  • Scholarship Night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  This event is by invitation only, which will be mailed home.


Each graduating senior will receive eight tickets for the commencement ceremony.  Seniors will be given their graduation tickets after they have completed the Senior Check-Out process.  A limited number of additional graduation tickets will be available when seniors pick up their cap and gown.


Information for seniors interested in auditioning to speak or be an emcee at graduation will be available in mid-February.


We strongly encourage parents/guardians of seniors to ensure they are signed up for the Parent Portal and have an email address listed so that they receive the weekly Parent/Guardian Newsletters, which contain important and time sensitive information.


All PSEO and early graduating seniors are responsible to stay current with pertinent information throughout the school year.  As a parent/guardian of a PSEO student, it is extremely important that you are signed up for the Parent Portal and receiving the weekly newsletters as a means of staying on top of your student’s senior year. 


Tickets are required for seating in the Lindbergh Center.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  Overflow seating will also be available in the cafeteria.  Tickets are not required for overflow seating.  There is no reserved seating for the ceremony.

Handicapped seating is available in the Lindbergh Center, they are not reserved seats.  Staff will direct you to this area when entering the Lindbergh Center that evening.  Due to the fact that there are a limited number of handicapped seats, we ask that no more than one family member is seated with a handicapped guest.


All seniors, including PSEO students and early graduates will attend a Senior Breakfast Meeting scheduled for Friday, May 30, 2014.  Important information regarding graduation will be addressed at this meeting. 


Senior Check-Out is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of May 5, 2014.  All graduating seniors, to include PSEO students and those who have finished their graduation requirements early and are no longer attending classes at HHS, must also complete this process before receiving their cap, gown and graduation tickets.  They will complete the Senior Survey, pay any outstanding fees, to include the Senior Fee, and return all textbooks.

Depending on class schedules, many seniors will not be able to check out until the day of graduation as they need to retain their textbooks to study for final exams.  They will still have ample time to complete the process.  A fee statement will be mailed home the week of April 28, 2014 outlining all outstanding class fines, fees, textbooks and library books for each senior.

Due to the fact that several departments are involved in the Senior Check-Out process, this will only be done during scheduled times.  A copy of the Senior Check-Out process and schedule will be mailed home with the fee statement.


A senior fee of $35 is due for each student planning to participate in graduation and should be paid by Thursday, April 17, 2014.  Please note that students enrolled in Free and Reduced Lunch programs are not exempt from the senior fee.  Planning ahead to get this fee paid will alleviate stress for your senior as we begin the Senior Check-Out process.  Checks can be made out to Hopkins High School and given to Linda Yesnes in the Main Office. 


The Senior Party takes place immediately following the commencement ceremony.  Please be advised that this is not a school sponsored function and is organized entirely by parents.  Your co-chairs for the Class of 2014 Senior Party are Sally McNamee and Dannette Casper.  You will be hearing more from them throughout the school year.  All questions and concerns regarding the Senior Party should be directed to the co-chairs.  Please do not call the Administrative Office as we will not have this information available.  Students will be transported from the high school to the party location immediately following graduation and will return to the HHS parking lot when the party ends the next morning. 


As part of the check-out process at the end of the school year, all seniors must complete their Senior Survey.  The survey is the only tool used to indicate which school a senior’s final transcript is to be sent to. 

Please feel free to contact Linda Yesnes, administrative coordinator, at 952.988.4502 with any questions/concerns.