Graduation 2017!

Graduation will be June 2, 2017.

Graduation Ceremony
Graduation Ceremony, June 2nd, 7:00 PM in the high school gymnasium. The ceremony will last approximately one hour. Seniors must have completed all 55 credits required for graduation in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. Participation in the commencement ceremony is a privilege, not a right. Students must be in good standing upon completion of the school year in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. This year, each senior will receive five tickets for the commencement ceremony. Due to the larger graduating class and limited gym space, we are continuing this policy to ensure that close family and friends will be able to attend this event in comfort. Tickets will be distributed with their cap and gown in mid-May. For additional space and convenience, we will be providing a live telecast of the graduation ceremony in the Performing Arts Center and tickets will not be required.

Graduation Commencement - Student Information

1. Arrive by 6:15 p.m. – Please park in the parking lot by door “C” for tonight's ceremony and we encourage parents to pick up vehicles following the ceremony.
2. 6:20 p.m. – Doors open for family and friends seating.
3. 6:35 p.m. – Graduates please be in your rows in the Activity Center for final instructions.
4. You will be lead into the gym for the 7:00 p.m. processional. You must walk quietly to the gymnasium, two lines side by side - AB, CD, EF, GH, IJ, KL, MN, OP, QR, ST, UV, WX, YZ, AA, BB
5. Graduates are expected to be dressed appropriately for commencement. Graduation at STMA is a formal event. Boys are asked to wear a shirt, (a tie looks good) dress pants, and dress shoes with their gown. Girls are asked to wear dress shoes (no flip flops) with their gown. No sunglasses allowed. Do not decorate your cap.
6. This is the largest public ceremony of the school year and possibly your school years. Please be mindful of the formal occasion. Your conduct is important, and your community is a part of this event.
7. Handicapped seating will be available. Handicapped guests should park and enter door “C”. Tickets are required for admission to the commencement ceremony.
8. The tassel is worn draped over the right front quarter of the cap. During the tassel ceremony, the tassel is moved to the left front quarter of the cap. Senior class student council members will conduct the tassel ceremony. All graduates will recess together. Please note: Teachers will lead the processional.
9. You may keep your gown, hat, tassel & honor chord.
10. Your diploma will be issued from the west end of cafeteria with the understanding that all fines and other obligations are resolved before your diploma will be issued.
11. NHS stoles (for NHS members) must be returned to the west end of cafeteria in order to receive diploma.
12. Iron Gown.

Distribution of Cap/Gown/Tickets
Cap & gowns, as well as tickets to graduation, will be distributed during lunch on May 16th. After May 16th, these items will be available in the main office. Items are only available after this date.

Graduation Dress
Graduation is a formal event at STMA and graduates are expected to be dressed appropriately for commencement. Boys are asked to wear a dress shirt (tie optional), dress pants and dress shoes with their gown. Girls are asked to wear a dress, skirt or pants accompanied with dress shoes. No sunglasses or beach flip-flops allowed. Also, please do not decorate the top of the graduation cap.

Graduation Fees
Seniors who participate in the STMA Commencement Ceremony will pay a fee of $25.00. This fee is assessed to pay for the production of the ceremony. As a keepsake, students will be allowed to keep their cap, gown and tassel. (Students have already been fitted for their cap and gown in their homerooms.) To pay for your graduation fee, you can make your payment online using our FeePay system; or, you can drop off a check, payable to STMA High School, at the front office. Please make your payment by March 31st.

For questions regarding additional graduation accessories or formal STMA announcements, please contact Jon Speich, our graduation representative from Herff Jones Company, at (763) 536-8588 or by email at

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Harrington at (763) 497-2192, ext. 98001 or by email at

Graduation Rehearsal
On Friday, June 2nd, at 9:45 AM, there will be a mandatory graduation rehearsal in the high school gymnasium. All seniors are expected to participate in this rehearsal to ensure a well prepared ceremony that evening. As outlined in the student handbook, “Participation in the commencement ceremony is a privilege, not a right. Students must be in good standing upon completion of the school year to participate in the commencement ceremony.”

Lunch Accounts

If your student’s lunchaccount balance is in the negative please make sure you have your account paid up before graduation.

If on the last day of school your senior still has a balance in their lunch account, they can take care of it during their lunch period on the last day in one of the following ways:

1. If you have more than one student in the district your senior can request funds to be transferred from their account to a sibling.
2. If your student has $10 or less in their lunch account on the last day of school they can request a cash refund during their lunch period.
3. If your student has more than $10.00 in their lunch account they can request a refund check (these will be mailed out this summer).
4. You can donate your balance to our Angel fund. The Angel Fund has been set up to help families purchase lunches when the need arises. Please contact Kimberly Ronning if you would like your senior’s lunch account balance be donated to the angel fund.

If you have any questions in regard to your student’s lunch account please call Kimberly Ronning at 763-497-3180 ext. 94370 or email Kimberly at

Senior Graduation Meeting
There will be a senior graduation meeting on Monday, November 14th, during SNAP (1:47 PM - 2:12 PM) in the Performing Arts Center at the high school. At that time, Jon Speich, our Herff Jones representative, will inform the students on how to order their cap, gown and other graduation accessories. If your senior is unable to attend the meeting, please have him/her contact Colleen Harrington, our office administrative assistant, in person, within the next two weeks to fill out cap and gown information. Ms. Harrington can be reached at (763) 497-2192, ext. 98001.

Senior Class Picture
On Friday, September 23rd at 9:45 AM, we will be taking the senior picture in front of the high school. As a PSEO student we understand that you may have a conflict that interferes with this specific time. As much as we can, we try to accommodate all students. Over the past few years, we have found that this time works best for the majority of students. Also, to find out more information about school events and announcements, please visit our website and click on Daily Announcements or our Senior Information – Graduation tab. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Driver at

Senior Recognition Day
Seniors in good standing do not need to attend school on Friday, May 26th. This is a special day the seniors have earned through their hard work, respect, and leadership throughout the school year.

Senior and baby photos must be electronically emailed to by October 31, 2016 including the name of the student. Please include in the subject line “Student name senior/baby photo”. Please attach the best quality photograph possible. If you are unable to submit your photos electronically, we have the resources in the media center before, during and after school to be able to scan in photos.

Seniors, please note:
Yearbook portrait requirements: no props such as trees, rocks, animals, cars, instruments, etc. Head and shoulder pose only. If you have any questions concerning senior pictures, please contact our yearbook advisor, Katie Sebens at: Seniors, for your convenience, on kick-off day, there will be a "senior photo station" set up to take a formal headshot for the yearbook at no charge!



Last updated May 18, 2017