From the Principal’s Desk
Commencement practice will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 8:30 AM at the PPL Center. Please be prompt! Practice is mandatory if you wish to participate in Commencement. Shuttle buses will be provided for students needing transportation to graduation practice. The shuttle buses will depart from the circle at 7:40 AM. Students must sign up for the shuttle with the receptionist by Thursday, June 6. Students are permitted to use their own means of transportation to commencement practice but, will need to pay for parking. If utilizing your own transportation arrive promptly and enter at the Air Products gate at 7th and Linden Streets. All graduation requirements must be fulfilled to participate in the graduation ceremony. All fines or money due to the Parkland School District must be paid in full to receive your diploma. Expect graduation practice to last until 12:00 PM. Commencement tickets will be distributed after commencement practice. National Honor Society stoles will also be handed out at graduation practice to those students fulfilling all NHS requirements.
The Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony will begin at 7 PM on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at the PPL Center. Students should arrive at the PPL Center by 5:45 PM, and enter at the Air Products gate at 7th and Linden Streets. Parents will not be permitted to enter at this gate. Parents should utilize the WFMZ gate (7th and Hamilton), LVHN gate (8th and Hamilton), or Northwest gate (8th and Linden). If you have not ordered a cap and gown for graduation, please call Jostens at 1-800-Jostens. You must have a cap and gown to participate in graduation. Graduation is a formal ceremony and the Parkland School District will be treating this evening with the respect and dignity it deserves. This is the final moment of your high school education, so dress your best. Gentlemen are expected to wear slacks, a dress shirt and preferably a tie. Ladies are expected to wear dresses, skirts or dress slacks and appropriate footwear. Sunglasses or defaced caps and gowns will not be permitted. If you are not dressed appropriately as noted above, you will not participate in the graduation ceremony.
A special message to the Seniors…
Commencement is a special ceremony marking the culmination of your high school education and it requires appropriate behavior. Most recently your class had an extremely enjoyable Senior Prom that was held without incident or distraction. The administration and faculty were extremely proud of your conduct and decision-making during the prom. It was an incredibly enjoyable evening that we expect to see duplicated at commencement. To be clear, beach balls, silly string or anything else that detracts from the ceremony are not permitted. Inappropriate behavior during the graduation ceremony could lead to your dismissal from the PPL Center. My recommendation is to celebrate in your own way during private parties with family and friends once the graduation ceremony has concluded. Your four years at PHS will always be remembered for students enjoying incredible success while also displaying tremendous dignity. I expect the Class of 2019 to carry on that tradition at commencement!
James E. Moniz II