Class of 2020 Commencement
Friday, May 22, 2020 - 5 p.m.
Graduation Caps and Gowns
Seniors should press and hang their gown for a sufficient period prior to commencement in order to minimize the number of wrinkles. Tassels are to be worn on the right side of the cap before diplomas are handed out, and shifted to the left at the moment the diploma is received. Students may keep their caps, gowns and tassels.
Graduating seniors will receive 8 tickets for family or friends to attend the Commencement ceremony. Graduating seniors do not need a ticket to attend. Graduates will receive their tickets at the Graduation Rehearsal. No tickets will be given out to parents or siblings of the graduate. It is the responsibility of the graduate to distribute the tickets to friends and family they wish to attend. No tickets will be given out prior to the rehearsal. Lost tickets cannot be replaced.
Attendance at the rehearsal is mandatory for seniors participating in the Commencement ceremony. Rehearsal will be held at Stevenson High School on Friday, May 22 in the Field House. Students should arrive in the Field House between 7:30-8 a.m. Rehearsal begins at 8 a.m. A light breakfast will be served. Generally, there will be no exceptions to the rule that attendance at rehearsal is mandatory in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony. For questions regarding rehearsal attendance please contact the principal, Mr. Gobble, at 847-415-4106.
The ceremony will begin promptly at 5 p.m Doors will open to the public at 3:30. Graduates must report no later than 4 p.m. Graduates must enter the arena through the rear receiving dock doors. There is adequate seating available for all guests, as well as adequate handicapped seating. We ask that only one family member accompany those requiring handicapped seating. The handicap seating is located on the main floor so no elevators or stairs are required. All seating at the Sears Centre is general admission. No transportation will be provided. The ceremony should last approximately one hour and 15 minutes.
Directions To The Sears Centre
The Sears Centre Arena is located in the Prairie Stone Business Park immediately north of the Northwest Tollway and west of Illinois Route 59.
From the East: Take I-90 west (Northwest Tollway) to the New Sutton Road (Route 59) exit and go straight. The arena will be on your right.
From the West: Take I-90 (Northwest Tollway) to the New Sutton Road (Route 59) exit. Turn left onto New Sutton Road and go north to the next traffic light. At the light, make a left turn onto Hoffman Boulevard. The arena will be on your right.
See the Sears Centre website for additional directions and traffic information: www.searscentre.com/arena/directions
Parking at the Sears Centre
There are 3,200 parking spots at the Sears Centre Arena. Handicapped parking is located outside the Main Entrance. We encourage you to arrive early to avoid congestion. The lots are accessible off of Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Boulevard, and Pratum Avenue. Once inside, Prairie Stone signage and parking attendants will direct you to the closest lot.
Students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate to the occasion. Graduation is a formal event. Shorts, jeans or purses will not be allowed into the arena. All students should wear dress shoes. Tennis shoes and flip flops will not be allowed.
The commencement ceremony should reflect the high standards which characterize the graduating class and Stevenson High School. Accordingly, graduates and their guests are expected to conduct themselves in a dignified and solemn matter which reflects the significance of the occasion.
Visual Image Photography will be taking photos at the commencement ceremony. To have portraits emailed directly to you, go to www.vipis.com before graduation, enter the school’s name, and click on “Graduation Pre-Register.” All images will be posted online for view and purchase 3-5 days after graduation under “Graduation Portraits.” For questions, contact VIP at email@example.com or 262-375-9633.
Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates the week after graduation. All fines must be paid prior to the diploma being mailed.
Seniors may request to receive items from their student records that will not be part of the permanent record. Click here for details.
For other questions, contact Student Activities Director Ted Goergen at 847-415-4461 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors must order a cap and gown to participate in the graduation ceremony. Cap and gown measurements and orders can be ordered at www.jostens.com. Orders are subject to individual pricing and shipping/handling charges. For questions, please contact Jostens representative Brian Walter at 847-818-8419 or email email@example.com.
** Application materials deadline: 3:45 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2020 **
Traditionally, there have been two 3- to 5-minute student speeches at Stevenson High School’s graduation:
1) The “Scriptor” speech. The purpose of this speech is to give the graduating seniors the opportunity to look back at their years of education up to their graduation. Reflections on the experiences of students from kindergarten through high school, common experiences, and life lessons are typically mentioned in this speech.
2) The “Gubernator” speech. The purpose of this speech is to give graduating seniors the opportunity to look ahead. This forward-looking speech focuses on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
(Students may only apply and submit for one speech or the other.)
1) Applicants must be a senior.
2) Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
3) Applicants must be able to demonstrate active participation in co-curricular activities.
4) Applicants must be able to demonstrate personal accomplishments, including community service and/or leadership.
1) Completed application form, including community service activity form and leadership activity form.
2) Typed manuscript of the 3- to 5-minute “Scriptor” or “Gubernator” speech.
3) Video recording of the speech.
Partial applications will not be considered.
1) The Director of Student Activities facilitates the selection process.
2) The Student Commencement Speaker Advisory Board is composed of faculty members and two members of the current graduating class who are not applying for this honor.
3) The Advisory Board reviews all applications and selects finalists. Finalists are interviewed and asked to present their address as they would at the commencement ceremony.
4) Final recommendations will be made by the beginning of May.
5) Students agree to practice the speech with speech teachers in early May.
6) Final speeches will be delivered to the Administrative Team for final review and revision in early May.
7) The final revised manuscript is due to the principal three days before graduation.