All Things Graduation-
May 8th, 2020
Letter from Mrs. Turnick and Mr. Magner,
Dear Class of 2020,
We miss the laughter and smiles that each of you bring to our lives each day. We know that you did not picture a pandemic as part of your senior year of high school. However, many staff members have been working very hard to make your senior celebrations memorable. We have taken the results of our recent survey for seniors and their parents to create a Holmes High School Graduation experience that will be something that you will be able to enjoy for a lifetime.
Each week between now and graduation walks, we will send Class of 2020 updates related to ALL the events below and additional details about tech drop off, packet work drop off times, and student belonging pick-ups. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Magner or Mrs. Turnick via email or at school at 655-9545.
This year's graduation will be a hybrid in-person AND virtual experience thanks to the support of Mr. Garrison and our Board of Education.
A professional videographer will film each portion of the ceremony in small increments using scheduled appointments and following social distancing guidelines on scheduled days leading up to June 5th, 2020.
Presentation of the Diploma
Each student will be assigned an appointment on 5/26, 5/27, or 5/28 to walk the Holmes High School graduation walk down the famed stairs and across the football field to the stage, they will cross the stage in their cap and gown at the calling of their name in the presence of no more than four family members to receive their diploma and walk off the stage. (In order to ensure we follow all social distancing guidelines, we must limit the # of family members who can witness the walk. Please know that only four family members will be allowed to enter the stadium.)
Staff Member & Diploma Presentation
Each senior who participates will select a staff member (districtwide) whom they would like to be present as they walk across the stage. Please make sure that you have confirmed your selection with Ms. Lykins at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15th.
Speeches by District and School Leaders & Student Honorees (Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Pledge of Allegiance)
Each person who would normally speak during graduation will be scheduled on or before 5/26, 5/27, 5/28 in traditional graduation garb giving their speech.
The Graduation Program
The final compilation of the graduation program will follow a traditional graduation program and students will receive traditional hard copies of the program when they arrive to complete their graduation walk. All seniors will receive a DVD copy of the ceremony as well.
Graduation Requirements and Grades
Seniors who wish to participate in the 2020 Graduation Experience MUST be passing their required courses and have completed any Edgenuity credit recovery courses by 5/22/20. Contact your individual teachers to see what you need to do to pass individual classes. Contact email@example.com with graduation requirement questions.
All Macbooks and chargers, sports uniforms, textbooks, and library books must be turned in as well as any outstanding fines from the bookstore must be taken care of before a student will be allowed to participate in the graduation walk.
Cap and Gown
Students who have already ordered their cap and gown will be able to pick them up once they have arranged a pick up time and date with Ms. Lykins at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Students who have not ordered a cap and gown need to do so at balfour.com as soon as possible. Please check the delivery date to ensure delivery by your scheduled walk date and time. Caps and gowns are also available on amazon.com if you need an alternative option. There is a limited amount of sizes online as well. Please do not wait any longer to order. If you have any questions please reach out to Ms. Lykins at email@example.com
Yard signs will be delivered the week of May 18th. In order to receive a yard sign, you must be passing all of your classes as of May 15th. Please verify any changes of address with Ms. Lykins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Photos for the Yearbook
Ms. Wood will be available between 11-3 on May 7th and 11-1 on May 12th at the gazebo to take one to two headshots for senior photos for the yearbook. Please park in the Eastern Ave. parking lot and remain in your car until asked to report to the gazebo.
We have made every effort to ensure that as many Holmes High School Graduation traditions as possible are preserved and students will have memories and memorabilia that they can look back on in celebration. We believe our students are important, and we want to do everything we can to make sure that despite what is happening in the world we give them a unique and special celebration.