• Updated 7.20.20


    July 20, 2020

    Dear Graduating Senior and Parent/Guardian:  
    We are looking forward to celebrating the Class of 2020 at Graduation. As of right now, the ceremony will be held Saturday, July 25, at 7:00 pm at the Olathe District Activity Center (ODAC, 20925 159th St, Olathe, KS 66062). This letter is intended to inform you of important information about upcoming events and the graduation process. 
    Friday, July 24, 2020 
    • Senior Awards Ceremony 
    • The awards ceremony begins at 9:00 am in the main gym at DHS.
    • Please enter through the Activity Entrance doors. The doors will open at 8:00.
      • IMPORTANT: Each student is allowed two (2) guests to comply with current social distance restrictions for indoor events. (must accompany at the entrance)
    • Students will sit in chairs socially distanced on the floor, guests will sit in the bleachers.
    • Graduation Rehearsal 
    • Rehearsal will begin 15 minutes after the end of the awards ceremony – approximately 10:30 am.
    • Attendance is mandatory at rehearsal.
    • Students need to report the main gym for rehearsal.
    Saturday, July 25, 2020 
    • The gates of the facility will open for guests at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are not required, but everyone must social distance themselves and wear a mask. Family units may sit together.
    • Students check-in and remain on the soccer field (west of the stadium) no later than 6:00 pm.  Enter the field on the southeast corner (review the map).  Students will be organized alphabetically. All other gates will be locked.
    • Graduates will be required to maintain social distancing during the processional and as they are escorted off the field.
    • Students must have all fees paid in order to participate.
    • Only students and faculty will be allowed on the soccer field.
    • The graduation ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. on the football field (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes in length). 
    • After the ceremony, students will report back to the soccer field to pick up the diploma.
    • After receiving the diploma, students need to exit the soccer field.  
    Graduation may be the most prestigious event experienced by a graduating senior.  In order to make the event a memorable experience for all in attendance, please remember the following:   
    • Commencement is a formal and dignified ceremony in which our students are honored for their accomplishments. 
    • Students will be expected to wear a mask during the event but may remove it immediately before they walk across the stage, during their picture – and then put it back on before walking back to their seat.
    • Attendance is strictly voluntary and students who attend are expected to follow the expectations of the ceremony.  Seniors choosing not to attend should contact the school office to let us know.  
    • Students have a right to a transcript, but not to a diploma.  The school can withhold a diploma for unacceptable behavior leading up to and during commencement or any other obligations that need to be addressed. 
    • There is a time and a place for celebrating one’s achievements. DHS Commencement should be recognition of the collective achievements of the graduating class to be cherished by all in attendance. 
    • Students are expected to dress appropriately. No high heels on the turf field.
    • Caps and gowns may not be altered in any way.  No exceptions. Students will not be permitted to participate with an altered cap/gown.
    • Students may only wear Honor Society provided stole and/or honor cord that is earned and purchased through Herff-Jones.  
    • Students need to arrive at ODAC promptly on the day of the ceremony with cap and gown.  If pins are needed to keep the cap in place, students should bring their own.  Faculty members will check for appropriate attire.  
    • Those guests susceptible to COVID-19, heat, or sun exposure may need to consider watching the district live stream of the event. The live stream can be viewed on our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/usd232youtube
    • In order to protect the dignity of the ceremony, there will not be a place for a family to stop the student procession to take pictures on the way to the field.
      • Pictures will be taken by Interstate Studios during the ceremony as students cross the stage. 
      • Each family will receive a free 8”x10” color photo. 
      • The photos will be posted within 10 business days of graduation. 
      • Additionally, you have the opportunity to schedule a more formal picture session with Interstate and have pictures taken at their site.  
    • Please have members of your party sit socially distanced from other parties. Please be courteous. 
    • After the ceremony, visitors may greet graduates, socially distanced, in the parking lot area.
    • EMS and security will be on the premises. 
    Handicap parking is marked at ODAC and handicap seating is located in the stadium.   
    This letter and a map of the facility is attached to this email. If you have questions or concerns regarding this event, please contact the office at (913) 667-6250.  Please know we will continue to work through this process and we will continue communicating.  Check our website (Graduation Link) for information.  Thank you for your support.  
    Sam Ruff 
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