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Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2021

  • Saturday, May 29, 2021 at The Now Arena (Formerly the Sears Centre)

    We are thrilled to announce that the NOW Arena has informed us that we are able to host a limited in-person graduation inside the arena! Of course, all participants and guests are still required to follow all COVID-19 mitigation strategies and safety protocols, including masks and social distancing, in alignment with current health department guidelines.  If health department guidelines change due to increased COVID-19 cases, we may need to return to the drive-in model. Thus, it is important for us to continue to follow health guidance and also encourage vaccines for anyone over the age of 16.

    We know that graduation is an important milestone and want to encourage all seniors to participate; however if a senior is required to quarantine on May 29 as a result of having COVID symptoms, receiving a positive COVID test result, or being identified as a close contact of a confirmed or suspected positive case, they will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.

    Some additional details: 

    • There will be a limited number of tickets allocated per graduate. The number of tickets we are able to provide will be based on the size of the graduating class and our ability to stay under the arena’s capacity requirements.  The NOW Arena must also limit each graduate to one vehicle.  

    • Graduates must arrive at the NOW Arena in their cap and gown and in the same car as their guests. 

    • We will be streaming the ceremony live for viewing via YouTube and we will still have large screens in one parking lot of the NOW Arena for anyone who can’t sit inside the arena but want to bring a chair and watch the ceremony from the West parking lot.  

    • There will be a strict limitation on handbags and other items and there will be no food or drinks, with the exception of health-related dietary needs, in the arena. 

    • Each ceremony will be one hour and there will be specific directions for graduates and guests regarding entering and exiting the area. Everything must occur in a timely manner in order to allow proper cleaning and preparation before the next ceremony. 

    • Anyone with mobility issues must bring their own wheelchair and any related support for entering and exiting the facility which is wheelchair accessible. 

    • High school principals will share additional details regarding each school’s ticket and car tag distribution process.

    Our principals will continue to offer regular updates between now and graduation day on May 29th, including rehearsal and ticket information. If you have any questions, we invite you to reach out to us via our “Class of 2021” Tab on Let’s Talk. We’re excited to see our students walk the stage at the NOW Arena once again this year! 

     

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  • NEW MANDATORY GRADUATION REQUIREMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL

     Starting this school year, in order to receive a diploma from an Illinois public high school, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or if applicable, the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial

    Aid. This is a result of the enactment of a new law, Public Act 101-0180. The purpose of the new law is to increase awareness about the resources available to help students with post-secondary education or training. If a parent or guardian prefers not to complete the application there is an opt-out waiver available.  Click here for the opt out waiver.