La Salle graduation date set
Hello seniors and parents,
As promised in last Friday’s communication and on our Facebook live session, we are excited to share with you our graduation date for the class of 2020. The majority of you voted to keep Sunday, May 24, 2020, as the day to honor and recognize our seniors. Thanks to all of you who took the time to submit your vote. It certainly helped in our planning efforts. We will be sharing more specifics and instructions for that day but have some important details to share with you now:
- Type of ceremony
We heard from both our students and parents that an in-person ceremony was important. As a result, we will be holding a limited ceremony for each student. Per Governor DeWine’s stay safe order, groups larger than 10 are not permitted to congregate. Therefore, students and up to six family members will be permitted to join us in the De La Salle Chapel to be recognized by me, receive your diploma and pose for a professional photograph. You will receive your six graduation tickets when you pick up your caps and gowns. Family members should bring their tickets with them to graduation to be presented at the door at your assigned time. Graduates are not required to present a ticket.
- Date and time
Graduation will take place over two days, starting on Sunday, May 24, 2020, from noon until 8pm. We will continue the ceremony on Monday, May 25, 2020, from 9am to 9pm in order to ensure that all students and families have the opportunity for an in-person ceremony. Please review this list to find your assigned 10-minute time slot. While we realize this isn’t ideal and you weren’t aware that graduation would span across two days, we are doing our best to be fair to all graduates and set a schedule that allows us to welcome all grads and their six family members. We understand the need to be flexible as traffic may impact the exact order of cars. We appreciate your patience and cooperation on Sunday and Monday.
- Professional photos
You will have the opportunity to purchase the professional photographs and we will share that information in the packets that will be handed out when students return materials and pick up thumb drives to update their computers on May 14 & 15 (more information about that coming in a future email).
- Baccalaureate Mass
We are excited to partner with one of our La Salle grads, Les Fultz, to professionally live stream our Baccalaureate Mass and blessing of the diplomas on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at 10 am from the De La Salle Chapel. As an added bonus, VE singer Andrew Martini will provide the musical backdrop for the Mass. We are thankful we can showcase our student talent and make sure you don’t have to miss out on this milestone service. We will share the readings and music prior to the live stream. We didn’t want to break tradition and we are thankful we can make this happen for you.
- Safety concerns
We will follow the guidelines set by the CDC and Governor DeWine, only allowing 10 people in the chapel at a time. Grads and their families will enter the chapel from one entrance and exit from another so that you won’t be passing other students and families in the hallway. We will have two officers from the Green Township Police Department as well as our security team onsite for the duration both Sunday and Monday to help the flow of traffic and assist with crowd control and schedule maintenance.
We appreciate your grace and understanding as we do our best to provide a special, personal and meaningful celebration for our graduates. We are excited to see our young men again and are so proud to honor them for their amazing accomplishments.
Live Jesus in our Hearts...
P.S. Have you seen the headshots of the class of 2020 hanging in the windows of our great school? You can see photos on any of our social media pages. We have a banner coming soon as well. We miss our students!