High School Graduation Dates - Class of 2021

    • A Class of 2021 Graduation Update from Superintendent Heid (Posted 3/17/21)

      District 300 Class of 2021 Students and Families,

      During the March 16th Board of Education Meeting, I outlined the current plans for high school graduation ceremonies. To view my board presentation, please click here

      District 300’s goal is to provide students and families with the best commencement experience possible under the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The district will continue working with the local health department to ensure ceremonies are as close to a traditional format as feasible. As a result, we are currently investigating options for indoor and outdoor ceremonies at NOW Arena (formerly Sears Centre).

      Please note, we will make a final decision on the graduation ceremony format by April 9th to allow you and our high schools adequate time to prepare for the event.  Each high school will communicate its specifics and information will also be made available at: https://www.d300.org/graduation 

      If held outdoors, our plan is to have five total ceremonies on the following dates:

      High School Graduation Table

      If held indoors, the schedule may remain the same but is subject to change. Of note: Hampshire High School may be moved to Saturday, May 22 with the other schools.  

      Thank you for your flexibility as we aim to secure the best ceremony format for our Class of 2021 graduates.

      I will communicate an update to students and families by April 9th. If you have questions regarding end of year activities, please contact your school office


      Fred Heid


      Graduation Class of 2021

      Jacobs High School: May 22*, 2021 at 10 a.m. at NOW Arena 

      Dundee-Crown High School: May 22*, 2021 at 2 p.m. at NOW Arena

      Hampshire High School: May 22*, 2021 at 6 p.m. at NOW Arena

      *Based on COVID conditions, dates/times subject to modification. District 300 may need to add an additional date adjacent to May 22 and/or adjust the ceremony times to accommodate smaller ceremonies.

      Future Graduation Information

      Graduation Class of 2022

      Hampshire High School: May 21, 2022 

      Jacobs High School: May 21, 2022 

      Dundee-Crown High School: May 21, 2022 


      Cum Laude System Information

      District 300 uses the Cum Laude system to honor graduates. The Cum Laude system establishes three distinct “honors” levels where students are recognized for their academic performance at the graduation ceremony in May. These classifications will account for both the unweighted and weighted GPA. The honors distinctions include:



      Unweighted GPA

      Weighted GPA

      Cum Laude

      With Honors

      3.5 - 3.69

      4.5 – 4.99

      Magna Cum Laude

      With Great Honors

      3.7 - 3.84

      5.0 – 5.49

      Summa Cum Laude

      With Highest Honors

      3.85 - 4.0

      5.5. +

      It is important to note that a student’s unweighted GPA may place them in a different Cum Laude level than their weighted GPA (and vice versa). If this is the case, the higher of the two levels will be applied for the student.

      The cum laude distinctions are reserved for only those students who have earned a minimum GPA of 3.5+ (unweighted) and 4.5+ (weighted) with no failing semester grades (F) or incompletes (I). The inclusion of the “and” option using a weighted and unweighted calculation ensures that students who take challenging coursework are recognized for their overall attainment.   

      The cum laude system does not eliminate the Valedictorian or Salutatorian designations. Instead, both the Valedictorian and Salutatorian will continue to be selected based upon overall weighted GPA. In the instance where multiple students have the same weighted GPA, the school will allow for co-valedictorians as has been past practice.

      Is the Cum Laude System Based on Seventh Semester or Eighth Cumulative GPA?

      Seventh semester. However, in fairness to students that do not earn any cum laude designation after seven semesters but do meet the threshold after eight semesters, schools will mail home a cum laude sticker for the diploma and post the distinction to transcripts in June. This only applies for students that did not earn any cum laude designation but end up meeting the “cum laude” threshold after eight semesters. Students that earned one of the three distinctions after seven semesters will maintain their cum laude distinction earned despite possible changes in GPA after an additional semester.