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Graduation Information

LHS GUIDE TO GRADUATION

Commencement Ceremony

La Follette’s Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 12th at 12:30pm at Lussier Stadium, 702 Pflaum Road, Madison, Wisconsin.  We are fortunate to have access to this outstanding facility which provides ample seating open air seating and an excellent sound system.  We are planning on one graduation ceremony.  Tickets are required for this event.  We are tentatively planning each family receiving up to 4 tickets. 

2021 Senior Parent Graduation Meeting Slideshow

Midwest Scholastic

Midwest Scholastic – Graduation Attire

Midwest Scholastic is our supplier for all our graduation products.  All students who choose to participate in the graduation ceremony are required to wear a La Follette cardinal cap & gown, silver  stole and cardinal & silver tassel.   Please contact 608-204-3643 if a free cap and gown is still needed. 

Graduation Pick-Up Event - Pick-Up Palooza

Senior Pick-Up Palooza Event

Friday, May 21st Senior Pick up event

Time: 12:30pm-6:00pm

  • Cap/Gown/Tassel/Stole

  • Cord-NHS, AVID, DLI, Pathways

  • T-shirts

  • Yard sign

  • Yearbooks(?) (TBD)

  • Graduation Ceremony Tickets (4 tickets per student) 

  • Senior picture opportunity with our own Principal Devon LaRosa

  • Local scholarship materials

  • Madison College - next steps booth

  • Decision day pictures/Senior exit fair/FAFSA appointments

On-going Senior Pick up-LHS Campus

Starting on Tuesday, May 25th after school, Seniors will be able to pick up the following at the Welcome Center

  • Cap/Gown/Tassel/Stole

  • Yard sign

  • Cord-NHS, AVID, DLI, Pathways

  • Yearbooks

  • Graduation Ceremony Tickets (4 tickets per student) (ticket pick up will be at Main Office).

  • Madison College - next steps booth

*Senior item pick up will continue after school Tuesday-Friday from 12:30pm-3:30pm.

Senior Billboard Preview/Movie Night

  • La Follette will be hosting a Senior event on the evening of June 9th (rain date on June 10th)
  • Location: Behind LHS FieldHouse
  • 7:00pm-9:30pm (may be adjusted)
    • Billboard picture preview
    • Decision day video
    • T-shirt giveaway
    • Senior choice of movie-Senior meeting week of 5/10
    • Social distanced lawn seating
    • Food and nonalcoholic beverages OK
      • Individually packaged

Yearbook Distributions

  • Pickup for Cohort Two Students: In G3 at noon on Friday, 6/4 (provided the books arrive as scheduled)
  • Pickup for Cohort One Students:  In G3 at noon on Tuesday, 6/8.
  • Pickup for Virtual Students: In the welcome center starting Monday, 6/7. 
  • If a student did not order a book but still wants one, we have 50 on consignment they can purchase for $50 by filling out this form (first come, first served)

Miscellaneous - Important Information 

Graduation Letter to Families

Click here to view the letter in English.   

Click here to view the letter in Spanish.

Obligations

Seniors who have books please bring to the Pick-Up Palooza to alleviate fines.  

Final Transcripts

All colleges and universities require a final transcript to be submitted after 2nd semester grades are submitted and finalized.  Students are responsible for sending their final transcript to the college or university they will be attending through their established Parchment Account.  Students should go to parchment.com to request a final transcript.  This electronic service allows you to order transcripts online at any time and track the status of requested transcripts.

School Email Accounts

Senior students email accounts and Google accounts will be deactivated after graduation.  Seniors should make sure to move and save all the information they want to keep.  Read these instructions to save MMSD Google Items upon Graduation for more information.

Senior Chromebooks and Library Books

Library books are due by June 6th. If a book is needed to finish an assignment for graduation, please feel free to turn it in when you are finished with it, but no later than end of day on June 10th. Chromebooks and chargers are due by the end of day on June 10th, but can be turned in earlier. They can be dropped off in the Welcome Center or the library. If you have a Kajeet hotspot, the same June 10th date and drop off instruction applies. Please remember to complete your Google Takeout as soon as possible. Email Erin Clark with questions.

Senior Exit Fair

More information to follow. 

Graduation Ceremony Information 

Etiquette: Graduation is an important formal ceremony for seniors, parents, family and others.  The wearing of a cap and gown is a time-honored tradition from hundreds of years ago.  We anticipate a ceremony that is dignified, appropriate and appreciated by all those in attendance.  Based on the positive experiences with commencement ceremonies in the recent past, the following guidelines will be in effect again this year. 

Anyone who would disrupt the ceremony risks being removed from the Lussier Stadium.  Students who bring toys, noisemakers, or other disruptive devices risk being excluded from the ceremony.  NO THROWING OF CAPS.

Participation in the ceremony is optional.  Seniors participating in the Commencement Ceremony should follow the dress code guidelines as outlined:

  • Dresses, dress pants, dress tops, shirts with a collar, and skirts are acceptable
  • No jeans, shorts, graphic tees
  • Dress type shoes or clean athletic shoes can be worn; no flip flops.

Please note: There is a lot of walking/standing involved with graduation; high heeled shoes can become uncomfortable, and with the ceremony outside this year, stiletto type heels will tend to sink into the ground.

Please keep this in mind when selecting your shoes for the ceremony

Nothing is to be worn around your neck except National Honor Society Cord, AVID Cord, DLI Cord, Honor Cord, Pathways Cord and your stole.  If you are inappropriately dressed, you will be asked to change or you will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Guest Seating:  There is a limit on guest seating.  More to follow. 

Handicapped Accommodations:  Handicapped seating is available.  More to follow. 

Prohibited Items:  Please do not bring balloons, glass vases, bubbles, beach balls, confetti, silly string or other distractions.

Ceremony: 

  • June 11th: Senior Ceremony Practice

    • Ceremony Practice at Lussier Stadium: 12:30-2:00

    • Ceremony Speech/Performance practice: 2:00-3:00
       

  • June 12th: Graduation Ceremony: 12:30-1:30

  • Rain date June 13th: 12:30-1:30

  • Alternate date June 15th: 6:00-7:00

Cap and Gown

If you are still in need of a cap and gown click here.  

Senior End of the Year Outdoor Celebration Activity