Senior Students and Families,
As you probably know, the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Health provided guidance on May 8 restricting how Minnesota schools can carry out graduation ceremonies this year due to COVID-19. We will not get to celebrate graduation the way we imagined and hoped for, but we remain committed to celebrating and honoring your achievements. After extensive discussions within our state and community, we have decided we need to hold a virtual graduation ceremony to honor the Class of 2020 on June 6.
We know this is extremely disappointing news. We heard your feedback and considered multiple in person, socially-distanced options. We very much hoped to be able to provide this opportunity for you. However, we are obligated to follow the State graduation guidelines. Furthermore, we are committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, families, staff and community in the face of the significant health risks relating to COVID-19. The Class of 2020 may not have a grand stage to walk across, but you will be walking through history together.
While we understand and respect the suggestion of delaying these ceremonies, there is too much uncertainty on whether a postponed graduation would even be possible this year. We simply can’t predict what guidelines may or may not be in place in July or August. We feel strongly that this rite of passage needs to happen on schedule as our students have many different plans after graduation. We do not want to delay honoring and celebrating your accomplishments and providing closure to your time at Lakeville Area Schools.
When the public health guidelines do loosen to allow larger gatherings, our high schools hope to host senior events to allow graduates to come together, in person, in celebration. For now, it is our hope that this summer seniors will be able to turn their attention to the future knowing they are firmly rooted in and supported by their Lakeville area community.
You, the Lakeville Class of 2020, will be honored and forever remembered for being leaders for our community, having resilience to overcome barriers, and showing selflessness by putting the good of others first. This pandemic will not define who you are or hinder the achievements you will go on to make. We cannot wait to see what you do next.
June 6 Virtual Graduation Ceremony Details:
Your graduation ceremonies will be broadcast on cable television and online on Saturday, June 6. You will hear from your principals, deans, fellow classmates, superintendent and a representative from the school board. You will have your cap, gown, diploma cover and adornments to wear with pride. You will see your senior photos on screen. You will hear your name read and your family will be right there by your side to cheer you on. There will be hashtags so you are able to share photos, videos and celebrate on your social media channels. We are trying to create a virtual experience as close to our traditional ceremonies as possible.
The schedule for the graduation ceremonies on June 6 is as follows. Please note, if you are an ALC or LinK12-Lakeville student, you will be included within the ceremony of the school you have previously elected.
- Lakeville Area Learning Center: 5:00 p.m.
- Lakeville South High School: 6:00 p.m.
- Lakeville North High School: 8:00 p.m.
The recorded ceremonies will be broadcast on the following platforms:
- Television on Charter Channel 188
- LETV Live Stream
- YouTube – Lakeville Area Public Schools
- Facebook – @LakevilleAreaSchools
If you have photos from throughout your senior year that you would like shared as part of the graduation ceremony, please send them to email@example.com with the subject line 2020 Graduation.
Cap and Gown Pick-Up on June 1
Your caps, gowns, diploma covers and other adornments will be distributed via curbside pick-up to you on June 1 at Lakeville North and Lakeville South high schools from 3-6 p.m. ALC and LinK12-Lakeville students can pick up these items from either Lakeville North or Lakeville South depending on the school they selected. Teachers and staff will be on-site waving and cheering as you drive through. More information will follow in regard to traffic routing. In accordance with MDE guidelines, it is important to know that everyone must remain in their vehicles, and parked at a distance of 6 feet apart when windows are down. Distribution of these commemorative items will be contactless and we ask that all individuals picking up materials wear cloth masks or bandanas over their mouth and nose. Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) should not attend. If you are unable to pick up your items due to personal illness or other matters, they will be delivered to homes prior to June 6.
Diplomas will be mailed after June 6. DVDs of the ceremony will be available for sale after June 6 and all proceeds will be donated to the high school student video clubs.
Opportunity for Commemorative Photos
Students and their families will have an opportunity to take personal photos with their family unit if they wish to commemorate this important achievement. The three high schools will have small outdoor stages installed from June 3 through June 7 for students and their families to stop by from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to take pictures. It is important to follow the posted health and safety guidelines, including practicing social distancing outside and not congregating beyond your family unit (10 people or less).