Seniors ONLY!

Class of 2019 -- Graduation Details

*All graduates MUST be at Spectrum, dressed and ready for pictures, no later than 5:30 p.m.

*Please be aware that traffic headed north on 169 and west on Hwy 10 will be heavy given that it is the start of the Memorial Day weekend.  Please allow extra time for travel.

*No tickets are needed to attend the event.

*Doors DO NOT open to the gym for seating until 6:30 p.m.  Seating will be available in the Commons for those who are unable to stand for long periods of time before the doors open.

*Wheelchair seating is available. Please inquire with the usher as to the location when entering the gym.

*Parking in and around the high school building is tight.  Please carpool if you are able.

*The ceremony is not taped nor is it televised via closed-circuit tv.

Please contact Dawn Sorenson at with any questions you may have. You may also call 763-450-9801.


The history of caps and gowns as academic dress reaches far back into the earliest days of the oldest universities (12th and 13th Centuries).  The first formal notice of such graduation apparel comes as a statue of the university of Coimbra (Medieval Portugal) in 1321.  The styles and academic colors in use today were first developed by a commission, which met at Columbia University in 1895.  Even today, we continue to respect some of the earliest traditions, specifying that the cap is worn with the mortarboard parallel to the floor and that the tassel is to be worn on the right until the diploma or degree is officially recognized or conferred.  The tassel is then moved to the left.


The tassel itself represents one's education.  In the medieval university, the student wore their cap and gown every day.  In some schools in Britain, academic regalia is still worn when sitting for examinations or consulting one's adviser.  The tassel hanging beyond the corner of the right eye represents what is still to be received, the education that is yet to come.  When the public recognition of the achievement is conferred and the tassel is moved beyond the corner of the left eye, it then represents what has been learned, the education that is now committed to memory and the lessons learned.  Continue to think, as you move forward in your lives, of the right-to-left tassel movement as a metaphor for the future we expect and the past we treasure.  (Direct quote from the Minnesota School of Business Commencement Program).

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