Graduation Information

Class of 2015 - Tuesday, June 2nd at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the Univ of MN - 7:00 p.m.

 Class of 2015 Academic, Graduation and Year End Schedule Information

We hope that your experience at Southwest High School has been positive and rewarding! Please read carefully the important dates and other information for seniors and parents. If you have questions regarding any of this information, please call the Counseling Office at 612-668-3050 or email barb.mahal@mpls.k12.mn.us.

 

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, May 26th                                          Senior Final Days

Wednesday, May 27th                                     Seniors Final Days

Thursday, May 28th                                         Mandatory Rehearsal  9:30 a.m. sharp – Cap/Gown Distribution

Tuesday, June 2nd                                          Graduation Ceremony – 7:00 p.m.

 

ACADEMIC OFFICIAL NOTICE TO ALL SENIORS AND THEIR PARENTS/GUARDIANS:                                 

Seniors must pass all required courses in order to meet graduation requirements.  Should they fail one or more courses, they will need to make up the required courses in order to receive their diploma.  Credit recovery will be offered during summer school. 

If your child receives a mid-term Quarter 4 progress report indicating that he/she is currently receiving a “D” or “F” in any class, there is still time to pass the class. Seniors are strongly encouraged to work with their teachers to successfully complete their courses.  Seniors not receiving Quarter 4 mid-term progress reports should continue to work to ensure their successful completion of their courses.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to utilize parent portal to monitor students’ progress.

In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, the student must be within 2.25 credits of the total credits needed to graduate.  The student must sign a form indicating that he or she will attend summer school to gain the needed credits. The counselors will complete another credit check on all seniors once 3rd quarter grades are final. The counselor will then contact families who have a student in jeopardy of not graduating. The student must have passed at least one of the state-mandated Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (GRAD).  Students need to have passed either the GRAD Reading test or the GRAD Writing test or the GRAD Math test. The State GRAD testing requirements may also be met through other options which include successful completion of the ACT + writing, SAT, MN Accuplacer Placement test and/or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test (AQSVAB).

 Colleges will also receive and review second semester gradesOffers of admission are conditional based on maintaining previous academic level.  Students failing to maintain their established academic level may find their offers of admission rescinded or may be placed on academic probation to start their college education.

Seniors will meet with counselors in May to request final transcripts and to complete their My Life Plan graduation requirements.  All final transcripts to colleges will be sent out no later than June 12th with no additional cost to you.  Seniors are strongly encouraged to start clearing obligations. Seniors should check the following areas prior to distribution of cap/gown. Barb Mahal – Counseling Office for transcript fees; Ryan Lamberty in the Athletic office (Rm. #6) for athletic equip/fees; Media Center Staff for books/calculators; lunchroom accounts.  Payment by check is accepted through May 22nd. After May 22nd, cash only. Checks can be made payable to Southwest High School.

WHAT IS THE TIME AND LOCATION OF GRADUATION?

Graduation will be held at Mariucci Arena – on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The ceremony will begin at

7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

WHAT TIME DO THE SENIOR’S NEED TO BE AT MARICCUI ARENA?

Check in will begin at 6:00 p.m. All seniors need to be checked in and ready to line up no later than 6:20 p.m.  Senior advisors will then go over last minute instructions with the class. Please remind your graduate that they may not carry any purse, back pack, or any additional items into the auditorium during commencementIf they keep a cell phone, IT MUST BE TURNED OFF during the ceremony.

WILL YOU NEED TICKETS OR ARE YOU LIMITED TO THE NUMBER OF GUESTS?

No tickets are required. No limited number of guests. All family and friends are welcomed to attend.

CAN WE BRING BALLOON BOUQUETS INTO THE ARENA

No balloons are allowed inside the arena.  Unfortunately, balloons can get loose and end up in the ceiling and ductwork of the arena.  The university will strictly enforce this policy.

                                                                          

IS THERE GRADUATION REHEARSAL AND A COST FOR GRADUATION?

Yes, there will be a mandatory rehearsal on Thursday, May 28th in the Southwest High School auditorium. Promptly starting at 9:30 a.m. Each senior will pay a $35 fee that day. CASH ONLYNO CHECKS.  Unfortunately, we do not have any scholarships for this so please start planning now for this. The district covers the cost of cap/gowns which will be distributed after obligations are cleared and the fee is paid. The $35 fee covers the rest of costs associated with graduation (programs, rental fees of the Mariucci Arena, security, diplomas etc.).

WHAT WILL SEATING BE LIKE?

Seating will be in sections down both sides.  Handicap seating is anywhere around the top of the arena where there are single railings.  We strongly encourage all families and friends to be in their seats no later than 6:50 p.m. for announcements and the Grand March of the Class of 2015. If you arrive after 7:00 seating will be allowed only at select times during the ceremony. The reserved area on the floor is for graduates only. No family or friends are allowed on the arena floor before, during or after the ceremony.

CAN WE GET DIRECTIONS TO THE ARENA AND PARKING OPTIONS?

Enclosed you will find a map with directions and options for parking. 

WHAT HAPPENS AT TH END OF THE CEREMONY?

The Class of 2015 will exit first.  The class will proceed back behind the stage to pick up their diplomas. They will then meet their families and friends at the top of the arena. 

WHAT ARE THE RULES ON PICTURE/VIDEOTAPING?

You must remain in your seats during the ceremony when taking pictures or videotapingNo one is allowed on the arena floor except the graduates, dignitaries, the orchestra and choir members. We have Graduation Images www.gradimages.com once again taking still photos of all seniors accepting their diplomas and coming off the stage.  Each senior will receive a free 5 x 7 mailed to their homes. We also have Location Images www.iDream.tv making a DVD of the evening.  More information will be forthcoming. We’ve been very pleased and are very confident that both companies will do an outstanding job.

WHAT AND WHERE IS THE SENIOR ALL-NIGHT PARTY?

 The annual All Night Senior Party (for seniors only) will be held at the Chaska Community Center on Tuesday, June 2nd immediately following the graduation ceremony. This party is a “lock-in” event from the time the students check in at the Mariucci Arena until they return by bus early Wednesday morning. Bus transportation to and from the party is mandatory.  This is a safe, fun, parent-chaperoned event that will allow the class of 2015 to celebrate together.  Registration information will be mailed to seniors in late April and will also be available on the SWHS website and in the SWHS main office. There is a cost of $55 when registered on or before Thursday, May 21st or $65 after that date.  The fee covers the cost of transportation to and from, food, entertainment and venue rental fee. Financial assistance is available. Registration forms will be mailed home to families in late April. If you have questions, please contact Barbie Alampi at bsalampi@gmail.com. Parent volunteers are needed to chaperone the party.  Two shifts, early or late, are available.  If you can help, please contact Vivien Smith, drviviensmith@aol.com

 

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A final reminder to all families and friends of the graduates

 

Because of the importance of this event, we ask your cooperation in making the ceremony a reflective but joyful event for all. We respectfully ask all families to abide by the following guidelines once the event starts.

 

 PLEASE turn off all cell phones and any other electronic devices during the ceremony.  We ask that you do not talk on your phones during the ceremony in the arena. If you must make or receive a phone call we ask that you exit to the front lobby area.

 

PLEASE be respectful to others around you by keeping  general conversaiton to a minimum during the ceremony.  People around you are trying to listen to the speakers.

 

 PLEASE remain in your seats throughout the ceremony.  The fire code prohibits anyone from being in the aisles.

 

PLEASE remain in your seats until all the graduates have marched out.  Meet your graduate up on top of the arena afterwards.

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Un último recuerdo a las familias y los amigos de los alumnos que se van a graduar.

Dado a la importancia de este evento, les pedimos su cooperación en hacer que la ceremonia sea una de gran gozo y reflexión. Respetuosamente pedimos a todas las familias que sigan a estas expectativas cuando comience las ceremonias.

Por favor apaguen sus celulares y otros aparatos electrónicos durante la ceremonia.

Por favor traten con respeto a todos a su alrededor, manteniendo su plática al mínimo durante la ceremonia.

Por favor permanezcan en sus asientos a lo largo de la ceremonia. El código anti-incendios prohíbe que cualquier individuo este en los pasillos.

Por favor permanezcan en sus asientos hasta que los graduados hayan salido del ________________. Reúnanse con sus alumnos en el “Ballroom” A, después de la ceremonia.

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