2019 Graduation Information
Important Graduation Information for the Class of 2019

This letter contains important information regarding the logistics of graduation and the end of the school year for seniors.

The SENIOR AWARDS ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend. Invitations will be sent to parents of students who will receive awards and/or scholarships.

CAP AND GOWN DISTRIBUTION will take place during the school day on Wednesday, May 29, and Thursday, May 30, and at 8:30am on Friday, May 31. All obligations (computers/devices, fines, library fees, etc.) must be satisfied before a cap and gown will be issued!  Students will need to complete their Senior Exit Survey prior to receiving their cap and gown. Students will also receive their immunization record at this time.  

GRADUATION ELIGIBILITY: To participate in the commencement ceremony, students must have satisfied ALL academic requirements.

TEST/LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 will be test days for seniors. Classes will meet every hour on both days; however, seniors will only test in some classes each day. On May 29, seniors will test in periods 1, 3, 5, and 7. On May 30, seniors will test in periods 2, 4, 5 and 6. The last day of required attendance for seniors is Thursday, May 30.  

GRADUATION PRACTICE will be held on Friday, May 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Henry Sibley large gymnasium. Please arrive by 9:45 a.m. Participation in this rehearsal is MANDATORY for all!

COMMENCEMENT ATTIRE: Commencement is a formal event and student attire should reflect this.  Our seniors will be graduating as the Class of 2019 and therefore, students are not to set themselves apart by decorating their caps and gowns, i.e. corsages, pins. Students who violate this dress code WILL NOT participate in the ceremony. Our Commencement exercises have a very positive reputation throughout the metro area as a result of adhering to this tradition.   

COMMENCEMENT BEHAVIOR: Commencement exercises are a formal occasion and rules of formal behavior should be followed to make receiving a diploma a dignified event. Participation is a privilege, not a right. Please do not scream, whistle, or yell during the ceremony. Such noise often means that other families will not hear the name of their graduate when read.

GRADUATION will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, RiverCentre (part of the Xcel Energy Center) in St. Paul.
+ Students must report to the auditorium at 4:15 p.m.
+ Students found to be in violation of the school’s alcohol, chemical, or tobacco policies will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. This includes having alcohol on one’s breath or behavior that obviously indicates the presence of a mood-altering chemical.

+ At the ceremony, students will receive an empty diploma jacket. The graduates will claim their diplomas after the ceremony, in the same room where they lined up before the ceremony. 
+ Handicapped seating is available on the first floor. Due to limited seating we must ask that no more than three family members sit in the handicapped seating area. 
+ No tickets are required for the graduation ceremony. Roy Wilkins Auditorium seats 5,000 people.

Please note: Roy Wilkins’ policy bans balloons in the building. Please do not bring balloons into the building as RiverCentre staff will confiscate them.  

PARKING: It is likely that you will have to pay for parking.
Please be aware of the following:
+ Enter at the Eagle Parkway entrance if parking in the RiverCentre ramp.
+ All entrances into the RiverCentre complex will be accessible to pedestrian traffic.
+ Check www.rivercentre.org for parking information. 
+ Allow extra time for parking when coming to commencement.

Lifetouch Photo & TOWN SQUARE TV: The commencement exercises will be videotaped and graduates will be photographed on stage as they receive their diplomas. Both companies will be mailing information to seniors. 

FINAL TRANSCRIPTS: For those pursuing further education, please make certain that a release form for a final transcript is completed. Most colleges, universities, technical schools etc. require a final transcript showing completion of all graduation requirements. Students will request transcripts when they complete the exit survey during cap and gown distribution.

SENIOR ALL-NIGHT PARTY: Tickets are already on sale for what promises to be one of the best graduation parties ever! Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the festivities honoring the Class of 2019. Parents – your help is needed as well. Seniors need to leave school property at the end of the All-Night Party. They should NOT return to Henry Sibley property the morning following the party. You can contact sibleyseniorparty2019@gmail.com for more information. 

Please call Prentice Smith 651-403-7201 if you have any questions about the above information. We look forward to seeing you on June 2, when our Class of 2019 graduates from Henry Sibley High School.  Congratulations!