Seniors-Graduation

Updated July 30, 2020

Hello Class of 2021! We are excited for your senior year here at East Ridge High School!  You have worked so hard over these past years and this is a time to finish strong and celebrate what you have accomplished.  Below is some important information regarding your senior year experience.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
  

Class of 2021 Information Topics

Starting your Senior Year!

Senior ID Cards (2020-21)

  • 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 (Date TBD)
    • Picture Retake Day (Date TBD)

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 Yearbook page for details)
  • If students do not submit a formal picture/portrait by the deadline above, their student ID 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 2020-21 school year (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.

  • Mon, Sept. 28, 2020
    • Cap & gown sizing information will be presented at this meeting. Questions, please see Ms. Kostka in the main office.
  • Mon, April 5, 2021
  • Mon, April 26, 2021

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.

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Senior Parent/Financial Aid & FAFSA Information Night in Loft Stage, 6:30pm

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  

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: $30
  • 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.  
      • 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 28th 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  

  • 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: 

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

Commencement: 

  • The Date and Time of Graduation is TBD as of this update.
  • 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 TBD, dressed in their cap & gowns. Please leave all valuables at home or in your vehicles.
  • Guests enter through the Activities Entrance. Doors open at TBD.
  • 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 TBD 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 TBD on TBD, to view the ceremony.
  • A professional photographer 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 7-10 days after the ceremony. Complimentary proofs mailed to graduates. No obligation to purchase. 

Our Commencement Ceremony is held inside the Raptors Perch (Gymnasium) at East Ridge High School on TBD at TBD. Each graduate will be allotted four (4) reserved tickets for family seating in the Perch. 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.

2021 Graduation Ticket Request Form - currently closed - the request form will be opened in late April 2021.

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 TBD 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 

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 a photographer 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.  Information on how to access photos will be sent to seniors and their families directly when they are available.

Additional Senior Year Celebrations

Senior Awards Night
Wed, May 19, 2021 @ 7:00pm.  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)

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 18th 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. 

2020-21 Important Dates for Seniors

ALL DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

September 28: 
REQUIRED Senior Student Meeting

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

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

TBD: Senior Panoramic Picture, TBD, Gym

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

April 1: Senior class speaker applications due to Mr. Boothe

April 5: REQUIRED Senior Student Meeting

April 6-7: Seniors will vote on class speaker and staff speaker for graduation

April 26: REQUIRED Senior Student Meeting

May 3:

  • GRADUATION FEES ($30) OPEN
  • Honor Stole notifications will be sent to student Google Apps emails 
  • Graduation Ticket Requests open

May 17:

  • Senior Survey due in Naviance
  • GRADUATION FEES ARE DUE
  • 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 19:
Senior Awards Night, 7:00pm **Recognized students will receive individual invitations 

TBD: Last day for Seniors

TBD: Graduation Rehearsal

TBD: Chromebook and materials turn-in

TBD: Commencement Ceremony

TBD: Senior All-Night Party