Seniors-Graduation

Updated June 3, 2020

Hello Class of 2020!  Below are a few important messages about how we are going to end our year together.  Please read each item carefully as there is a lot of information.

Graduation
As you have heard, our virtual graduation will take place on Friday, June 12th at 6:00 pm.  You will find the graduation on our
ERHS YouTube Channel.

How should I prepare for my virtual graduation?  

  • Our recommendation is to wear your cap and gown and other regalia.  Make it a formal affair at home.  Ask your family to dress up too.  Your tassel should be on the RIGHT side of your cap.
  • Someone should hold onto your diploma until your name is read.  Then, they can hand your diploma to you after your name is read.  Be sure to capture the moment with a photo.
  • There will be a moment at the end of the ceremony where Mr. Smokrovich will ask you to move your tassels from RIGHT to LEFT.  Please wait to do this until Mr. Smokrovich tells you during the ceremony.
  • After the tassels have been moved, Mr. Smokrovich will present the Class of 2020.  At this moment you are free to throw your cap in the air.  
  • We will end by playing the school fight song.  You can find the lyrics here if you are unfamiliar. 
  • There will be a social media process so you can interact with us during graduation as well.  So have your social media accounts ready, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

Photo Opportunity on Friday June 12th

Seniors will be able to drive a procession route through campus and take a professional photo with their graduation regalia from 1:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12th prior to the virtual ceremony at 6:00pm.  Graduates should come wearing their graduation gowns, caps, tassels and stoles. The route will be similar to that which we used for our 2020 Senior Parade. A map can be found here.

Please arrive By Last Names:                    

  • A-Ge    1:00-2:00 pm
  • Gi-Lu   2:00-3:00 pm
  • Ma-Sa 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Sc-Z        4:00-5:00 pm

(Please do your best to adhere to the schedule above as we have a large graduating class and want to be sure to accommodate everyone.)

At the end of the route, graduates will be asked to step out of their vehicle and into the photo staging area.  Your name will be announced over the loudspeaker with Pomp and Circumstance playing in the background and your photo taken.  In each senior box there will be a Graduation Photo Card with your name and email address printed on it.  Bring your photo card along with your diploma in the diploma jacket for the photo.  The digital image will be provided to you free of charge as a keepsake.  Images will be sent to your student SoWashCo Google Apps email.  Please be sure to retrieve your photo prior to July 1, 2020, when all senior accounts are deactivated.  

All graduates and any family members that join them must remain in their vehicle, with the exception of the graduate during the photo opportunity.  This will be a joyful tribute to the East Ridge High School class of 2020!

*This Graduation Celebration will replace the June 13th photo opportunity mentioned in a previous communication.

Photo Submissions Needed for Virtual Graduation

We would like to honor the traditional graduation ceremony rituals that includes a procession of graduates and the throwing of graduation caps. To do this, we would like to include photos and videos of students wearing their caps & gowns and throwing their caps into the air.  Once you get your cap & gown on June 4th, please upload pictures or short videos of you walking for the start of the ceremony or throwing your cap in the air for the end of the ceremony.  Please upload these pictures or videos by June 8th at 12:00 pm.

Upload your photos and videos here

Yearbook Pick-Up Information: 

  • I forgot to order a book! What can I do? We do have a few yearbooks remaining and will be selling them online through FeePay beginning the morning of Thursday, June 4th.  To place an order, go to https://sowashco.feepay.com/ and search for "ERHS Yearbooks 2020". You can pick up your book on the following dates at ERHS: Friday, June 5 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm or Monday, June 8 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. If these dates do not work, please contact Jason Gonnion at jgonnion@sowashco.org to find an alternate date/time.

Senior Panoramic Photo - Purchase Opportunity

  • If you would like to purchase your Class of 2020 Senior Group Picture taken in the gym here at school.  Please follow this process.
  • Go to:  Kirkportraitdesigns.orderschoolpix.com
  • Select Gallery - 2020 Senior Class
  • The Password is: Prepay
  • Enter your email

Transferring Information from your Google Apps Account

If you want to transfer your Google Apps email, documents, etc. so you can take them with you after you graduate, please follow the process linked here.  The website will show you how to transfer your information through something called “Google Takeout.”

ERHS Administrative Team

  
Class of 2020 Information Topics

Starting your Senior Year!

Senior ID Cards (2019-20)

  • Senior ID cards are made using your junior picture.
  • Seniors can pick up their student ID cards from the ERHS main office, on or after Raptor Round Up day. 
  • If you are new to ERHS, you must have your picture taken on one of the dates below:
    • Raptor Round Up (August 22, 8am-6pm)
    • Picture Retake Day (Monday, October 7 during the day)

Senior Yearbook Photos/Portraits

  • Seniors may have yearbook photos taken by a photographer of their choice.
  • Guidelines for senior yearbook photos are on the Yearbook page.
    • November 1 - deadline to submit Senior Portrait (check Yearbook page for details)
    • December 1 - deadline to submit Senior Recognition Baby Ad (check Yearbookpage for details)
  • If students do not submit a formal picture/portrait by the deadline above, their Lifetouch picture may be used. 

Senior Parking Permits

Full details are available on the Parking at ERHS webpage. Seniors are allowed to leave campus during their lunch period. Seniors must show their student ID to leave the building for lunch. If you don't have you student ID when asked by security, you will not be allowed to leave the building. If you have not picked up your ID card, please stop in the main office.

Senior Student Meetings

Senior Student Meetings will take place during Raptor Time for the 2019-20 school year (10:20-10:50am in the Loft Stage). The presentations will be posted below shortly after each meeting date listed below. If students have questions regarding the information presented, they should contact their counselor or administration.

  • Wed, Sept. 25, 2019 Senior Meeting: Part 1 
  • Wed, Oct. 2, 2019 Senior Meeting: Part 2
    • Cap & gown sizing information will be presented at this meeting. Questions, please see Ms. Kostka in the main office.
  • Mon, April 13, 2020 Senior Meeting - See above
  • Wed, April 29 , 2020 Senior Meeting - See above

Senior Parent Meeting

Senior Parents -- Please plan to attend the Senior Parent/Financial Aid & FAFSA Information Night! Important information regarding senior year deadlines, review of graduation requirements, graduation logistics, and college application overview will be presented. There will be guest speakers presenting timely and valuable information about financial aid and the FAFSA.

Senior Panoramic Photo

ERHS has a tradition of taking a panoramic photo of the entire senior class. The photo is normally taken each November/December. Details on how to purchase a senior panoramic photo will be announced via our ERHS list-serve system. Students may pick up their purchased photos in the Main Office.

Commencement Information

Cap & Gown Distribution 

**For the Class of 2020. caps and gowns will be distributed in Senior Boxes on the June 4th Exchange Day.

Cap & Gown Distribution will take place during all lunches, in the Cafeteria on TBD. **NOTE: Seniors must be cleared from all academic holds, outstanding fines, senior survey, etc. prior to receiving their caps and gowns!

  • Graduation Fee: Will be waived for the Class of 2020
  • Honors Stole Fee (for selected students): $25 
    • Students will be notified if they have earned an honor stole by May 1. Students must check their SoWashCo Google Apps email for their notification. If a student has the option of accepting the Honor Stole, and must pay a fee of $25. Payment info will be on FeePay.
      • Students will keep the honor stole as a keepsake this year, no refunds will be given.  We will not collect stoles and/or reimburse students for them.

Cap & gown measurements were taken/submitted by students during the September 27 senior meeting. Please contact Maureen Kostka with questions.

Graduation Recognition

Graduation recognition is based on students' cumulative GPA after Trimester 2 of senior year. GPAs are calculated based on all for-credit courses taken during your entire high school career through the end of Trimester 2 of your senior year. We do NOT round GPAs. Students are recognized by colored stoles.

  • Summa Cum Laude with Distinction: GPA of 4.300 or above, gold stole, honors medallion
  • Summa Cum Laude: GPA of 4.000-4.299, gold stole
  • Magna Cum Laude: GPA of 3.667-3.999, silver stole
  • Cum Laude: GPA of 3.500-3.666, white stole

Golden Raptor Pin: Students who have received an Academic Letter (GPA of 3.5 or above through Trimester 2) all four years of high school will receive a Golden Raptor pin that can be worn during the commencement ceremony.

Honor Societies: Students who are active members of the following Honors Societies will be allowed to wear an additional tassel during the ceremony. Recognized honor societies include:International Thespian Society, National Art Honors Society, National Honors Society, National Speech & Debate Society, and Tri-M Honors Society.

Graduation Speakers: Student Council class president(s) and class-elected student speaker will speak during the commencement ceremony. Additionally, the senior class will also elect a staff member to address their class.

Mandatory Commencement Practice Date 

**Not applicable for the Class of 2020.

  • All seniors participating in the Commencement Ceremony MUST report to the Perch Gym for commencement practice.
  • Be on time!
  • Graduation practice is MANDATORY!
  • Practice takes approximately 2 hours.
  • You will receive your tickets for graduation at commencement practice.

Senior Picnic -

**Canceled for the Class of 2020

Senior Picnic will take place following the graduation practice on TBD, out on the Nest Patio. 

Commencement: 

**All the information below is not applicable for the Class of 2020.

  • Each senior receives 4 tickets (due to seating limitations).
  • Anyone requiring Handicap or Limited Mobility seating should list it appropriately in the Ticket Request Form.
  • Seniors MUST report to the Perch Gym Door 14 by 3:00pm, dressed in their cap & gowns. Please leave all valuables at home or in your vehicles.
  • Guests enter through the Activities Entrance. Doors open at 3:00pm.
  • Guests should arrive early for parking and seating.
  • Overflow seating will be located in the Loft Stage (where a live video of the ceremony will be streamed).
    • Seating in the Loft Stage does not require a ticket. The Loft is air conditioned and features cushioned seats with seat-backs. This is a great location to accommodate a large family/group that is beyond your ticket allotment for the Perch Gym.
  • Doors to the Perch Gym will close at 3:59pm with no entry following. All guests who enter after doors closing will be guided to the Loft Stage overflow seating area.
  • If families have extra tickets to give up, please drop them off at the Ticket Booth before the ceremony.
  • We also will be showcasing our live video feed of the commencement ceremony through YouTube Live. Please be sure to subscribe to the ERHS YouTube channel. Tune in at 4:00pm on Sunday, June 7, 2020, to view the ceremony.
  • Lifetouch will be present at the graduation ceremony to take formal pictures of the ceremony and of each graduate as they receive their diploma. Photos will be online at events.lifetouch.com 7-10 days after the ceremony. Complimentary proofs mailed to graduates. No obligation to purchase. To sign up and receive notifications when your proofs are online and ready to order, click here. 

Graduation Ticket Requests will be placed into the Senior Box for each student as a keepsake. 

**The information below is not applicable for the Class of 2020.

Our Commencement Ceremony is held inside the Raptors Perch (Gymnasium) at East Ridge High School on Sunday, June 7 at 4:00pm. Each graduate will be allotted four (4) reserved tickets for family seating in the Perch. The Ticket Requests Form will remain closed until we know how and when we will honor the Class of 2020. All seats will be assigned by ERHS in random order if submitted prior to the TBD deadline. Students on hold will not have tickets assigned until they are released from the hold list. Tickets will be distributed directly to students at the REQUIRED graduation rehearsal on TBD. All remaining tickets will be part of a lottery for all additional ticket requests. Please submit your request thoughtfully as changes cannot be made later. Any tickets turned in on the day of graduation will be handed out to those in the Loft overflow seating. Children attending the graduation ceremony MUST also have a ticket. Children are not allowed on laps.

2020 Graduation Ticket Request Form - closed until we know how and when we will honor the Class of 2020.

IMPORTANT Graduation Parking Notice

To avoid potential problems, we want to remind you that students, parents and school staff should try to carpool as much as possible as parking is limited.

Conduct at Commencement

Commencement is considered the most formal and public of our educational ceremonies. Our seniors are celebrating the successful completion of 13 years of education. Friends and relatives are invited to honor and celebrate this achievement. We ask all who attend commencement to abide by the following guidelines:

  • The Commencement ceremony will be conducted with appropriate dignity and decorum. Do not bring air horns, whistles or any loud noise makers to the ceremony. Balloons are also not allowed. The use of these items distracts from the dignity of the ceremony.
  • We discourage large purses or bags in order to ensure comfortable seating for all in the Perch Gym bleachers. Bottled water is allowed in the Perch. Please remain from all other food or drink at the ceremony.
  • Children are to remain seated with an adult (not on laps) and are not allowed to walk the track at any time.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the overflow seating area in the Loft Stage.
  • ERHS is a tobacco-free campus. Students and spectators are not permitted to smoke on the premises.

Students/Graduates: All seniors who are eligible to take part in the commencement ceremony are encouraged to participate. It should be noted that participation in the commencement ceremony is not mandatory nor a condition for the completion of graduation requirements. On graduation day, seniors should report to Door 14 next to the student parking lot beginning at 3:00pm to check-in. Seniors are to arrive in ceremony attire, and in cap and gown. All students will be asked to open their gown to check for appropriate attire and appearance before the lineup and processional begins. Commencement is a formal activity and serves as the school district's public acknowledgement of high school completion. The cap and gown are formal educational attire and are not to be altered for the ceremony. In addition, it is encouraged that all seniors participating in the commencement activity dress appropriately, with recommended attire to be worn as follows:

  • Males: Collared shirt, dress slacks, dress socks, dress shoes (no recreational shoes such as sneakers, flip-flops, etc.) NO SHORTS OR SUNGLASSES.
  • Females: Dress skirt, dress slacks or dresses, dress shoes, (no recreational shoes; flats recommended over high-heels). NO SHORTS OR SUNGLASSES.

Reminders:

  • Seniors should not bring purses, cameras, bags, etc., to the ceremony. We will have a secure place to store car keys and cell phones. Beverages, beach balls, signs, or any other items that may distract from the formal ceremony are not allowed.
  • Chemical Use - Students who arrive with any indication that they have used alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to participate. The student will be detailed by ERHS administration and Woodbury Police.
  • Smoking - ERHS is a tobacco-free campus. Students and spectators are not permitted to smoke on the premises.
  • Disruptive Behavior - Disruptive behavior is defined as including but not limited to, loud and abusive verbal language or the unwillingness to respond directly or appropriately to administrative directions. These actions will be considered evidence of unruly behavior. Such conduct will be the basis for removal from the ceremony.

Graduation Photos

** Graduation photos for the Class of 2020 will occur on June 12th by way of a procession through campus with an outdoor professional photo opportunity. Photos will be sent to each student's SoWashCo Google Apps email within a reasonable time following the event. Students will need to retrieve their photo prior to July 1 when senior accounts are deactivated. 

Commencement attendees are asked to REMAIN SEATED during the ceremony. Parents and families may take photographs from your seat while sitting, and before or after the ceremony. We have contracted with Lifetouch to take professional photographs of each graduate during the commencement ceremony.

All graduates are photographed as they cross the stage at commencement. Photos are normally available for viewing within 7-10 days following the ceremony. Be sure to visit events.lifetouch.com to sign up to receive notification when your proofs are online and ready to order.

Additional Senior Year Celebrations

Senior Awards Night
Wed, May 20 @ 7:00pm, will be aired online.  More info to come.

Students who will be recognized at the Senior Awards Night will be notified to attend by mail.

Senior All Night Party (ANP)

**Canceled for the Class of 2020.

The ANP is an independent event that is organized and run the parents of ERHS students. Staff or Administration are not responsible for this event.

The All Night Senior party will take place the night of graduation - mark your calendars for TBD. This night has traditionally been one of the highlights of senior year and you don't want to miss it. The night includes entertainment, games and spectacular prizes! 

To volunteer, get more information, etc. please contact them at EastRidgeANP@gmail.com.

Optional Senior/Graduation Items Available For Purchase

http://www.jostens.com/grad/high-school-products-graduation.html

Announcements: Students have the option to order graduation announcements through Jostens. These announcements feature our school crest on custom paper. It will also include specific information regarding the date, time and place of your ceremony. Ordering announcements is not required.
Class Rings & Tags: Proudly display your graduation in timeless fashion with Jostens class rings. Seniors have the opportunity to purchase a customized, commemorative class ring or tag from Jostens.
Apparel: Show your senior pride with quality senior apparel designed to match your style. Product availability varies by school.
Photo Cards: Photo cards are used to add personality to announce your graduation. Photo cards add a personal touch to your announcement package.

Other Information

YEARBOOK: Submit your Senior Portraits, Purchase Your Yearbook & Submit Your Baby Ad

Check out the Yearbook page for more details on the requirements for submitting senior pictures and senior package details.

Final Transcripts

Seniors, order your final transcripts by logging into Naviance to place your order. (**Be sure you have paid your required transcript Fee through FeePay.) This is done during your Senior Survey each spring. The schools that you indicate in your Senior Survey will be sent electronically to your school listed by the end of June. Any transcript requests after June 19th will need to be done through Student Information

Graduation Requirements

District 833 requires students to complete required courses and credits in order to receive a diploma. Details about our district's graduation requirements can be found in our district's Program of Studies.

Senior Meal Account Balance

Parents must review their senior's meal account balance to determine what to do with any funds that remain in their student's account after graduation. Be sure to remove any automatic payments made to your student's account. More information can be found here.

Student District Google Accounts

Once you gradation, in August graduated seniors will no longer have access to their school provided Googles Apps account. Make sure you download/copy the files you want to keep onto another device not owned by the District. After August, there will be no means of retrieving them. Follow the steps below:

  1. Using the device you want to download them to, log onto your Google Drive.
  2. Click on the file you want to save and download. (To download multiple files, press Shift or Control ("Command" on a Mac) while clicking other files.)
  3. Right-click and select Download.
Note: Dragging a file from Google Drive to your desktop will NOT download it. Be sure to follow the steps above.

Class of 2019 Information

  • Class of 2019 Commencement ceremony can be viewed through our ERHS YouTube channel
  • Class of 2019 Commencement pictures/portraits of graduates were taken by Lifetouch. To view pictures and to order, please contact Lifetouch directly or at 1-800-505-9496.
  • Graduates: If you need to order a transcript, please contact the district's Student Information office

 

2019-20 Important Dates for Seniors

ALL DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

September 25: 
REQUIRED Senior Student Meeting; PART 1, during Raptor Time, Loft Stage

September 26: Senior Parent & Financial Aid Meeting, 6:30pm, Loft Stage

October 2: REQUIRED Senior Student Meeting; PART 2, during Raptor Time, Loft Stage

November 1: Deadline to submit Senior Portrait (see Yearbook page for details)

November 20: Senior Panoramic Picture, 8:30am, Gym

December 1: Deadline to submit Senior Recognition Baby Ad (see Yearbook page for details)

April 13: REQUIRED Senior Student Meeting.  This is linked above and on the ERHS YouTube Channel.

April 23: Senior class speaker applications due to Mr. Boothe at bboothe@sowashco.org.

April 29: REQUIRED Senior Student Meeting Video.  This is linked above and on the ERHS YouTube Channel.

April 29-30: Seniors will vote on class speaker and staff speaker for graduation.  An email will be sent to student Google Apps emails with details on April 29th.


May 1:

  • GRADUATION FEES ARE BEING WAIVED FOR THE CLASS OF 2020
  • Honor Stole notifications will be sent to student Google Apps emails 
  • Because we do not know when or where we will honor the Class of 2020, the graduation ticket request process is on hold.

May 15:

  • Senior Survey due in Naviance
  • GRADUATION FEES ARE BEING WAIVED FOR THE CLASS OF 2020
  • Outstanding Fees due
  • $25 Honor Stole deposit due
    •  Students will only have the option to keep Stoles.  We will not collect them or reimburse after graduation.

May 19: Academic Holds implemented

May 20:
Senior Awards Night, 7:00pm, Online **Recognized students will receive individual invitations

June 4: ERHS Senior Exchange Day, 1:00-6:00pm

Come to ERHS to pick up your Senior Box filled with your graduation regalia, yearbook if ordered, and personal items remaining in the building.

Please bring your Chromebook, charger, media center resources to be turned in.

June 12: 
Graduation Celebration and Photo Opportunity, 1:00-5:00pm
Virtual Graduation Ceremony, 6:00pm