Seniors will meet in the auditorium at 10:00 AM. After a short presentation they will move to the field house. Graduates will then walk through a rehearsal for the ceremony. Seniors are not allowed to enter any other portion of the school building on that day.

Students are asked to remind families and friends that extended applause or shouting interferes with the reading and understanding of the next graduate’s name. Please consider the significance of the moment for other families. This cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Commencement is a dignified ceremony that honors the graduates. Students are expected to demonstrate respect for the occasion and their classmates. Students that fail to comply and choose to participate in ANY undignified or disrespectful behavior during practice or the ceremony will not be able to participate.

Students participating in Commencement are required to wear the maroon cap and gown. If circumstances dictate that a student must deviate from this practice, they should confer with school administration. In addition, students must dress appropriately. For males, this includes dress slacks, dress shirt and dress shoes. For females, this includes a dress, or slacks and dress shirt, and dress shoes. Students cannot decorate their caps and gowns or carry/wear flowers.

A professional photographer will take an individual photo of each graduate during the Commencement ceremony. Graduates may purchase the pictures from Lifetouch. Lifetouch will mail students an order form with picture proofs after the ceremony to purchase photos.

Students will receive their diploma cover on the night of Commencement. The official diploma will be sent in the mail over the summer, after all credits, grades and other records have been processed.

Graduation exercises will be held outdoors in the stadium. In the event that poor weather prevents an outdoor ceremony, Commencement will be moved indoors into the gymnasium. Please be aware that this will reduce the seating capacity and will require an “Indoor Ticket” to gain admission. A closed circuit TV broadcast of the ceremony will be available in the auditorium, media center, and cafeteria. If there is threatening weather, the decision about the location will be made by 2:00 PM on graduation day. This information will be posted on our high school website:

5:30-6:20 PM Arrive at Southwest Jr. High and shuttle bus to High School
6:30-6:40 PM Meet Advisory teacher in the field house to line up and receive name card.
6:40-6:55 PM Proceed to assembly area west of outdoor track with your Advisory teacher and class.
6:55-7:00 PM Enter track and march to staging area.
* No pets or coolers are allowed at the ceremony. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.
Lakes Area Community Television will professionally videotape the Commencement Ceremony. Station staff will have a table at graduation where you can order your $15 DVD. The station accepts cash or check only, made out to: FLCC or you can visit the LATV10 website and go to "store" and purchase a DVD to ship direct to your house. To contact the station please call 651-464-1142. LATV studio offices are located at 24260 Greenway Ave. North, Suite C in Forest Lake.