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A High School Graduation Ceremony Update

Class of 2021 Students and Families,

As a follow-up to my March 17th graduation email, I would like to provide an update concerning graduation ceremonies. 

Over the past several weeks, District 300 has worked closely with NOW Arena (formerly Sears Centre Arena), our local health department, and other school districts to review ceremony options that will ensure the safety of all attendees while also providing the best experience possible for our graduates. 

As we work to finalize our selection, we toured NOW Arena this afternoon to walk through the logistics, safety considerations, and health department concerns regarding ceremony options. 

As of today, no final decision has been made regarding whether ceremonies will be held indoors or outdoors. While we believe either scenario will provide our graduates and families a great experience, ideally, we would prefer to host ceremonies indoors.  

At this time, we ask that families prepare for three options: 

Option 1: Outdoor Ceremonies (previously communicated)

Date School Ceremony Time
Friday, May 21 HHS (All) 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 22 JHS (Last names A-L)
JHS (Last names M-Z)

DCHS (Last names A-L)
DCHS (Last names M-Z)
9 a.m.
Noon

3 p.m.
6 p.m. 


Option 2: Indoor Ceremonies - Version 1 (one ceremony per school)
 

Date School Ceremony Time
Friday, May 21 HHS 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 22 JHS Noon
Saturday, May 22 DCHS 5 p.m. 


Option 3: Indoor Ceremonies  - Version 2 (DCHS has two ceremonies due to large class size and space limitations)

Date School Ceremony Time
Friday, May 21 HHS 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 22 JHS Noon
Saturday, May 22 DCHS (Last names A-L)
DCHS (Last names M-Z)

1 p.m.
5 p.m.

 

NOW Arena staff are currently working to determine if the size of our high school ceremonies will be able to meet CDC and IPDH guidance. If we are able to safely host an indoor ceremony, we will do so. 

We will continue to coordinate with NOW Arena and other entities to announce a confirmed space and schedule in the upcoming weeks. While we want families to have adequate time to plan on their calendars, we also want to ensure the best option is solidified for the Class of 2021. 

We will keep you updated on any notable information.

Sincerely

Fred Heid