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Graduation

2017 Year-end Schedule for Parents and Seniors
Congratulations to our 2017 graduating class!
 
Graduation will be held at Mariucci Arena Friday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will not be issued; seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Current security measures at Mariucci Arena require that all bags, purses, camera cases, etc., will be searched. Backpacks are not allowed. Lines will move faster if fewer items are brought to Mariucci Arena.
 
Families are responsible for getting seniors to Mariucci Arena to check-in. Students should arrive at Mariucci Arena Backstage Area no later than 5:30 p.m. Students should enter Mariucci Arena on the 5th Street SE side through the loading dock/backstage area to line up. Staff will be available to direct students. NOTE: The concession stands at Mariucci Arena will not be open during this event.
 
Please read carefully the important dates, activities, and other information listed below for parents and seniors regarding end-of-the year activities.
Friday, May 26 – all iPads and accessories must be turned in.Seniors will be dismissed alphabetically during first and second blocks for iPad collection. Please repair broken screens and return power brick and charging cable. Students will be charged a fee for broken iPads and/or unreturned bricks and cables. Seniors will not be issued their yearbook until fees are paid.
 
Thursday, June 1– Last day for seniors; all class work, projects, books, equipment, fines, etc., must be turned in no later than 3:30 p.m. Blocks 1 and 2 – normal schedule; Block 3 – seniors dismissed to go to the gym to attend the “senior program” and graduation rehearsal. Seniors will be dismissed out the Athletic Entrance once the program is completed – no Block 4 class. Busing will not be provided to transport seniors home. If transportation home is an issue, seniors should see their Dean or Counselor. Seniors must park in the athletic lot and use the athletic entrance.
 
Friday, June 2
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Picture with diploma option available in the Backstage Area of Mariucci Arena with Lifetouch Studio – it is optional for Seniors to come earlier than 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Doors Open at Mariucci Arena
Line-up of Seniors begins in the backstage area
6:25 p.m. Seniors Walk to Main Floor Entrances
6:30 p.m. Commencement Exercises Begin
8:30 – 8:45 p.m. Ceremony Ends
8:45 – 9:15 p.m. Seniors connect with parents for pictures (Concourse Area or outside/front only – do not plan to meet back stage)
Line Up for Senior Party Buses in the Backstage/Loading Dock Area – students only
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Load Buses and Depart for Senior Party
Parking and Special Seating Information – The best entrance will be on the Oak Street side, which is actually the front/main entrance of the arena. Parking options available are in Lot 37 and the Maroon lot on the 5th Street side of Mariucci Arena and the Maroon lot between Mariucci Arena and TCF Bank Stadium. Click to view the U of M - East Bank map of these parking area locations. Parking will cost $4; pay as you enter. Handicapped seating is available throughout the arena. Seating is on a first-come basis and seats cannot be reserved. Please be considerate as to how many accessible seat spaces your family occupies. Concessions stands at Mariucci Arena will not be open.

Senior Line Up – Seniors will line up starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Backstage Area. All seniors are to report to the Backstage Area (ground level); ushers will be available to direct you. Staff members will be available to check seniors in and line them up alphabetically.
 
Graduation Ceremony – Commencement is a formal ceremony; we expect students and guests to act appropriately. The graduates, their families and friends deserve to hear all names as the graduates receive their diplomas. Please refrain from clapping and showing enthusiasm until all names have been read. Air horns and other noisemakers are prohibited. We ask for your help and cooperation in making this ceremony a reflective but joyful event.
 
Use or possession of mood-altering chemicals (including alcohol) will not be tolerated. Students who show evidence of consumption or chemical use will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.
 
Graduates are to bring only their gown, cap and tassel with them into Mariucci Arena. Students will not be permitted to have anything else in their possession (i.e. purses, flowers, cameras, beverages, etc.) throughout the ceremony. School issued medals and awards may be worn; no decorations or extra items may be attached to the cap or gown (i.e. flowers, buttons, etc.); gowns must be zipped during the ceremony.
 
Directed by the Administration, graduates and faculty will enter the main floor and proceed to the arena area. Students with last names A through K will be seated on the left side of the center aisle; L through Z will be seated on the right side of the center aisle. Students will remain standing during the entire processional and be seated following the singing of the National Anthem.
 
Diplomas – Students will be presented diplomas and covers during the Commencement Ceremony. Students who have fines, equipment or books to return, etc., will not receive their diploma at graduation. They may pick up their diploma at the high school when their obligations have been met.
 
Pictures – No one will be allowed in the aisles or on the main floor during the ceremony to take pictures. Lifetouch Studio will be taking pictures during the ceremony. Please take personal pictures before or after the ceremony.
 
After the Ceremony– At the conclusion of the ceremony graduates will exit through the Backstage Area. There will be a brief time for graduates to connect with family (give their parents their cap, gown, diploma and cover). Families should have a plan as to where they will meet (away from the exit aisles is recommended to alleviate congestion – do not plan to meet back stage) in the Concourse Area. The facility was not built to accommodate large crowds mingling; it will be congested.
 
Senior Party – Student Instructions – Check-in will be held Graduation night, starting approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the ceremony. This will allow time for students to take pictures and change into comfortable clothing. Look for check-in tables near the tunnel entrance (loading dock area) behind the stage at Mariucci Arena. Once you have checked-in and received your wristband, you will proceed up the tunnel to the exit where buses will be waiting on 5th Street to transport you to the party venue. Please note that once you enter the tunnel, you will not be allowed back into the arena. Parents will not be allowed into the tunnel. You must pre-register for the party. Registration is online. Tickets are $85. Final day to register, or to apply for a scholarship, is May 22, 2017. Note: Students must register ahead of time – they will not be allowed to register at Mariucci Arena.
 
Transportation to Senior Party – All seniors attending the Senior Class Party must ride the buses provided from Mariucci Arena to the party location. Students will not be allowed to board buses with any personal items except cell phones, keys and cameras (do not bring purses). These items are to be brought at your own risk. Personal hygiene items will be available in the women’s restroom. Contact solution and lens cases will also be provided. Any required medications will need to be turned in at the check-in tables and will be transported and handed into the First Aid Station at the party venue. Seniors will be bused back to Wayzata High School at the conclusion of the party arriving around 5:00 a.m. Parents should be at the high school to pick up their graduate; cars may be left at Wayzata High School if they plan to drive themselves home. If there is a crucial need to get a message to your graduate attending the Senior Party, call Amy Klaiman at 612-269-7159. If there are any questions regarding the Senior All Night Party, please email Wayzata.SeniorParty@gmail.com.
 
Telecast and Video – The WHS Commencement 2017 will be recorded by CCX Media (Cable 12/Northwest Community Television).
Commencement will be live-streamed on the CCX Media website, ccxmedia.org,or through the downloadable CCX Media App. The entire program will be replayed on CCX Media (Comcast Cable Channel 12/799) in the northwest suburbs and shown during the summer on ED’s TV on the following cable TV channels:
  • Plymouth and Northwest Suburbs (Comcast Cable) Channel 22
  • Minnetonka and Southwest Suburbs (Comcast Cable) Channel 14
  • Wayzata and Lake Minnetonka Area (Mediacom Cable) Channel 19 / 107.6
  • Metro-wide on CenturyLink PRISM TV Channel 8211
Check the ED’s TV schedule for exact playback times.
 
This year, CCX Media will offer DVD copies of the Commencement Ceremony for purchase. You can order online at store.twelve.tv/shop. Select "Special Events" and "Graduations" (it is best to order after the ceremony).
 
Please allow 1 – 3 weeks for processing. The purchase price is $15.00 plus $3.00 for shipping. No shipping fee if you pick up the DVD at the CCX Media Studio, 6901 Winnetka Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN.
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