Class of 2021 Upcoming Events and Information
Information up-to-date as of April 29, 2021
Students, Parents, and Guardians - Class of 2021:
Now that we are within the last few weeks of school for the Class of 2021, we are pleased to share updates to the events we have planned. These events will look a little different than in previous years due to the pandemic, but we are confident that they will be special celebrations. All activities will align with CDC, IDPH, and local health department safety guidelines. As has been the case all year, we are prepared to make adjustments if safety protocols change. Please carefully review all of the information below.
Cap and Gown Distribution
If a student still needs to pick up their cap, gown, and graduation tickets, they should plan to stop by the Student Activities Office between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. sometime in the next few weeks. If a student is unable to pick it up because they are in quarantine, a parent can stop by the Main St. security desk during those same hours to pick up the items. If a student still needs to order a cap and gown, they can visit Jostens.com to place that order. If only a tassel or stole are needed, they can reach out to Jostens at 630-963-3500 to place an order.
Seniors who are receiving a community award or scholarship have been invited to attend our Senior Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 5th at 7 p.m. This event is invite only and limited to the student receiving the award and two family members. An RSVP card was mailed to each student who has been invited. That RSVP card is due back to the Student Activities office by this Friday, April 30. We are hoping to have a livestream of the event for those who are unable to attend.
A senior video will be shown during the school day on Friday, May 14 to celebrate the Class of 2021 and recognize many seniors who have achieved other academic awards, including our service and department awards.
Attendance at our graduation rehearsal is required for those participating in the graduation ceremony. Our rehearsal is scheduled for Monday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m. Students should expect to be on campus for 60-75 minutes. If inclement weather forces us to postpone our rehearsal, our rain date will be Tuesday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m.
It’s not too late to purchase tickets for this year’s prom being held Wednesday, May 19 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. Check out our prom webpage for more details. Tickets are currently being sold on the Web Store for $85. Sales will end this Sunday, May 2 at 11:59 p.m. Those attending prom will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the event. We are excited to offer this opportunity to the Class of 2021 to celebrate all they’ve accomplished and overcome together.
At this time we are unable to allow non-North High seniors at our event to ensure that we can safely accommodate all North High seniors who wish to attend. We hope all members of the Class of 2021 are able to attend as this is a celebration of four years of friendships and hard work. This will be one of two times this year for the senior class to come together.
Each student is issued two tickets for the graduation ceremony. While we wish we could distribute more, current safety guidelines only allow us to accommodate two family members for each graduate. A professional livestream will be available online for those who are unable to attend. Please know that we are unable to replace lost or stolen tickets.
Weather permitting, the graduation ceremony will take place Friday, May 21 at 7 p.m. on Carstens Field. Gates to the stadium will open at 6 p.m. and graduates are asked to arrive at school by 6:15 p.m. All available seats will be marked in the bleachers with a sticker. Seats will be in pairs with six feet between one pair of seats and the next. No groups of three or four will be allowed, and we will have very limited seating for individuals.
Updates regarding inclement weather: Guidelines for attendance at indoor events makes it impossible to move the ceremony indoors should there be inclement weather. Because of that, we are reserving “rain date” times for Saturday and Sunday in the event of inclement weather. If we are unable to hold the ceremony on Friday, we will hold the ceremony on Saturday, May 22 at either 10:00 am or 4:00 pm (again depending on the weather). Should the weather on Saturday make both of those times impossible, we will hold the ceremony on Sunday, May 23 at 1:00 pm. While we know that scheduling commencement in this way is not ideal, it does give us the best opportunity to have a meaningful ceremony for our graduates.
Graduation is a formal event; as such, we strongly recommend that students dress in formal attire beneath their gown. Because graduation will take place on the artificial turf surface on the football field, pointed heels are not allowed. Students are encouraged to wear flats or wedged heels to protect the turf.
It’s important that graduates understand that they cannot make any changes to their graduation regalia. We do not allow students to decorate the tops of their graduation caps, or wear any pins, tassels, cords, or stoles other than what is distributed at this event. Feel free to reach out to Mr. Mirandola with any questions.
Lifetouch, our official commencement photographer, will be at our ceremony taking pictures of each graduate. Pictures will be available online at Events.Lifetouch.com approximately 10 days after the graduation ceremony.
Due to a lack of activities taking place on campus this during the fall we pushed back the distribution date of this year’s yearbook. This allowed us to capture more spring sports and events to include in the yearbook. This means that the distribution of our 2020-2021 yearbook will take place in August.
Senior families who are interested in purchasing a recognition ad to commemorate their student have until May 13 to do so. If interested, you can refer to this informational document from Jostens.
Quarantine and Close Contacts
As seniors plan for end of the year events, questions have surfaced about close contacts and required quarantine. Please click here to review the close contact protocols shared from the District.