• u-46 2021 graduation info

Drive-in Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2021

  • Saturday, May 29, 2021

    The Now Arena parking lot (Formerly the Sears Centre)

    We are pleased to announce that this spring our seniors will be recognized in a number of ways, including our 2021 graduation ceremony. All U-46 Class of 2021 information will be housed on this section.

    We know that the past year has been unlike any other. All the while, we have been planning for various scenarios as it relates to the class of 2021 graduation ceremony and other festivities. Based on the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Restore Illinois plan, all five U-46 high schools will host outside, drive-in graduation ceremonies. With that guidance in mind, we are moving forward to host this each graduation ceremony on the same day, Saturday, May 29, 2021.

    These will be full-length ceremonies, and graduates and their families will watch from their cars. Each graduate will exit their car in order to walk the outdoor stage, see their principal and District leaders, and return to their car. This drive-in graduation ceremony is the safest way we can meet the health guidance and still proceed with hosting all five full graduation ceremonies on the same day at the NOW Arena. 

    Our principals will continue to offer regular updates between now and graduation day on May 29th, including rehearsal information, more detailed drive-in directions, parking lot car capacity, weather-related accommodations, and more. Our five high schools teams have also been working hard to plan for senior end-of-day activities, and will share those later this spring. In addition, each school will develop a slideshow of its graduates to be shared online in May. As we receive updated guidance from our health departments, we will ensure all safety protocols are communicated to you and adhered to during our drive-in graduation and all senior activities.

A Bird's Eye View of The Now Arena

  • Drive-in Graduation Ceremony Schedule on Saturday, May 29, 2021: 

    8 a.m. - South Elgin High School

    11 a.m. - Elgin High School 

    2 p.m. - Bartlett High School

    5 p.m. - Larkin High School

    8 p.m. - Streamwood High School

     

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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.