LHS Class of 2015 Graduation Info

Graduation Memo to LHS Seniors and Parents
May 2015


Graduation at LHS

The Lincoln High School Class of 2015 will graduate on Sunday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The ceremony will recognize the members of the class as they receive their diplomas and complete their high school education. The public is invited to help honor these graduating seniors by sharing in their joy. This memo is being sent to clarify procedures and make the ceremony respectful and meaningful for everyone.

Appropriate Dress
Caps and gowns will be distributed on Thursday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Seniors are expected to take care of fines and other obligations before caps and gowns are picked up.) The gown should be hung on a hanger to help remove the wrinkles. The cap should have a tassel worn on the left side before graduation. Nothing is to be added to the cap or gown. Members of the National Honor Society will be wearing sashes, IB Diploma Seniors will be wearing an IB cord, and seniors who have earned Achievement Awards are encouraged to wear their medals. Seniors are expected to wear “dress” clothes and “dress” shoes with their gown. Nothing is to be taken into the arena under the gown that will be brought out later to distract from the ceremony. Gowns are to be returned to the company immediately after the ceremony.

Pictures and Videos
There will be a professional photographer on stage to take a picture as the diploma is presented to each graduate. Parents will be given the opportunity to purchase a copy of the picture. A video of the graduation ceremony is also being produced. We will have a large screen to project a live picture as each graduate crosses the stage and families will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of this video. Because these professional pictures and videos will be available, we hope family members will be able to relax and enjoy the ceremony and not worry about taking pictures. Family members will not be able to go onto the floor to take personal pictures. There will be an opportunity for a formal picture to be taken in the lobby of PBA prior to the ceremony and after the ceremony.

Arrive Early
Each senior must arrive at Pinnacle Bank Arena and go to the back waiting area by 2:00 p.m. Parking can be a problem, so please plan ahead. Only graduates will be allowed to enter the area prior to the graduation ceremony. Graduates are asked to not bring food or drink into PBA. There will be a professional photographer to take a formal picture of any senior who requests one. Before the graduation ceremony, staff members will be going over last minute instructions and checking to be sure each graduate has a cap, gown and tassel.

Behavior of Seniors
We are expecting that all members of the senior class will show appropriate behavior during the ceremony. Most students and parents do not want a few students or members of the audience to interrupt nor draw attention away from the speakers, singers, or from the senior who is receiving a diploma. We do not want an embarrassing experience for family or friends. We hope that all students and parents will honor the wishes of the majority and help create a “ceremony” that is in keeping with the dignity of the occasion. Students who interrupt the ceremony may be asked to leave the ceremony and/or their diplomas may be withheld until a parent conference can be held at a later date.

Seating for Individuals with Disabilities
Seating for individuals with disabilities has been reserved by the staff at PBA. Any family members who need special seating should move to that area when arriving and hosts will help find seating.

Seating for Family Members
Seating for family members and spectators will be in seats on the sides of the arena. Members of the graduating class will be seated on the floor. Families who have a number of members attending the ceremony are encouraged to arrive together. We discourage holding or “reserving” a large number of seats for late arrivals.

Audience Behavior
We ask that family members and other spectators help keep the ceremony in good taste. Horns or other items that might interrupt the graduation are not allowed into Pinnacle Bank Arena. All students deserve to have their friends and family members hear their name as it is read. Students who are performing a song or delivering a speech deserve to be heard by everyone in the audience. There will be no recessional at the end of the graduation ceremony. After the closing, guests are invited to meet and to congratulate the new graduates in the lobby. Distribution of Diplomas The actual diplomas are not presented to graduates on stage during the ceremony. Diplomas are available immediately after the ceremony in the back room, after gowns have been returned. National Honor Society members will have a separate table to pick up their diplomas and to return their sashes. If NHS members want to keep their sashes, they will need to bring $25 or pay the LHS Bookkeeper in Room 200R prior to graduation. Students who have not completed all requirements for graduation will not receive a diploma. This includes course requirements, books and equipment returned, and fines paid. Seniors not sure about obligations should check with teachers or with the LHS Bookkeeper in 200R. Questions? Please call Mike Wortman, Principal, at 402-436-1544 or email: mwortman@lps.org

 


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