Class of 2020 - Senior Year and Graduation Information
We recognize that this is a busy, exciting, and significant year for our seniors and their families. Listed below is important information that we hope you'll find helpful during this year of planning. As graduation approaches, we tend to receive a high volume of calls regarding questions that can be answered in this communication. The month of May and the days leading up to graduation are extremely busy for the main office staff and we may not be able to get back to you as quickly as we would like. Therefore, knowing where you can access this information will ensure you have the answers you need in a timely manner.
Commencement for the Class of 2020 will take place on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. 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 in September. This information will not come home with your student. Seniors will pick up their cap, gown, and tassel after they have completed the Senior Check-Out process in late May/early June.
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 staff return in mid to late August.
FLAG CARRIER AT GRADUATION
Applications for seniors interested in carrying the flag of their country of birth at graduation (other than the United States) will be available in February. 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 term 3 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 term 3 will graduate with academic distinction. These students will be honored at Senior Recognition/Scholarship Night in mid-May, at which time they will receive their gold cord to be worn at the commencement ceremony. They will also be noted for academic honors in the commencement program and receive a gold tassel for their graduation cap. This event is by invitation only, which will be mailed home.
Tickets are not required this year for the ceremony.
GRADUATION SPEAKERS AND EMCEES
Information for seniors interested in auditioning to be a class speaker or an emcee at graduation will be available in mid-February. Seniors must be in good standing both academically and behaviorally to be considered as participating in graduation is an honor and a privilege.
Please ensure that you have set up access to the Infinite Campus Parent/Student Portal. It is a very valuable tool as a means of staying connected with your student’s attendance and progress in each class. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring the most current contact information is listed in the Campus Portal. To change your home address and/or phone number, click on Household Information. To change your email address, click on Contact Preferences. If you do not have access to the Parent Portal, you can request an account by completing the online form. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Miller.
PROFESSIONAL GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPHS
During commencement, professional photographs will be taken by Lifetouch of all seniors. More information as to how you can order these pictures will be available as we get closer to graduation.
In an effort to ensure families of PSEO students are receiving current and time sensitive information throughout the school year, it’s extremely important that a Parent Portal account is established and that contact information is listed and remains current. The only vehicle in which information is communicated throughout the school year is the weekly Parent/Guardian Newsletter. Separate communication to families of PSEO students are not sent. Students are also responsible for ensuring they are checking their Hopkins apps account for important information.
SEATING AT GRADUATION
Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Overflow seating will also be available in the auditorium. 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 accompanies a handicapped guest.
Senior check-out will take place later in May. All graduating seniors, including PSEO students and students finishing early, must also complete this process.
A senior check-out form will be distributed in May. All areas on the form must be cleared before students can pick up their cap, gown, and tassel. All fines, class fees, and senior fee must be paid. All textbooks, library books, Media Center materials, and the student’s Chromebook must be returned. Any lost textbooks, library books or Media Center materials, to include the district issued Chromebook, will need to be paid for. Lunch accounts need to be current and any activity fees or equipment must also be returned. Seniors will also complete their senior survey as part of this process.
A senior fee of $35.00 is due for each student planning to participate in graduation and should be paid by Thursday, 3/26/20. 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 you and your senior once we begin the Senior Check-Out process. The senior fee cannot be paid online. Checks/money orders can be made out to Hopkins High School and either mailed to or dropped off in the Main Office. Cash payments can also be dropped off in the Main Office.
SENIORS FINISHING EARLY
Seniors who opt to finish their senior year early must begin this process with the approval of their counselor and will need to complete the Senior Check-Out process. It’s important to note that a senior’s enrollment ends at that time. Their Hopkins apps account is closed and as a parent/guardian, you will no longer receive communications from the high school or have access to their records in the Parent Portal.
SENIOR SEND-OFF DAY
The last day of classes for seniors will be Thursday, 5/28/20. On Friday, 5/29/20, seniors will begin their day in the auditorium to receive information regarding graduation, they will pick up their graduation gown, board a bus to one of the elementary schools within the Hopkins District where they will do a ‘senior walk’ for a sea of youngsters. Lunch will be served outside with music and outdoor games available and they will receive their yearbook. The day provides a great opportunity for seniors to spend time together and celebrate the close of their high school career.
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.