Class of 2021 - Senior and Graduation Information
Information that has been changed or updated in the last two weeks is reflected in red.
- York Suburban Awards Night (May 4) - On this night we recognize students who have won or received special scholarships and awards. We plan to host the event as usual with social distancing in the auditorium. Students and at least two family members will be invited to attend. That number may increase depending on the number of students involved and restrictions at that time. Invitations to this event for students who received recognition will traditionally go out in mid to late April.
- York Suburban Academic Awards (May 5) - On this night we recognize our highest academic achievers for the school year. After missing last year due to the shutdowns, we will once again be able to host a ceremony. However, due to capacity restrictions we will be limiting the in-person recognition to only seniors and their traditional two guests, without the traditional reception and/or food service. Invitations to the students who receive these recognitions and more information about the event will likely go out in mid April.
- Prom (May 7) - The junior class is planning an outdoor event for the senior students and their guests. Students will be expected to socially distance from other attendees to limit the risk of spread. Additional information is available here and on the dance expectations form.
- Graduation (May 24, May 22*, 23*) - The official date of graduation remains May 24; however, under the current restrictions we cannot meet the two goals that the student senior leadership shared with me. They want a chance to be together as a class to celebrate, but they also want to experience the graduation celebration with their families. So we are planning multiple events and ceremonies. The latest plan is to host 3 or 4 smaller graduation ceremonies on May 22 and 23. Each ceremony would include some of the traditional “pomp and circumstance” along with the chance for students to walk across the stage as their name is called! Depending on the number of students who chose to participate, these ceremonies will likely include 50-60 students and each student would be able to invite approximately 5 guests to the ceremony. Then on May 24, we will have a senior and staff only ceremony and recognition. We are planning an event that is 1 part “senior party” and 1 part “graduation.” We are planning some food options for the students, having a DJ, and some video tributes, and then the students will process together into the stadium to hear their peer’s speeches, move their tassel, and toss their hats together as the YS Class of 2021. We will plan to livestream this event so everyone can enjoy.
Parent Tasks & Information
- Your Student’s Name -While the deadline to order our diplomas has passed we would still like everything to be reflected as accurately as possible. If you didn't get the emails, please call the high school office to check on your child's name.
All parents should have received an email on March 15 that references how their student's name will appear on the diploma and in the graduation plan along with information on how to change it if they wish. Any parent that did not receive the email is asked to call the high school office so the school can be sure it will be displayed correctly.
- Senior Memory Lane Poster - Parents can begin working on Senior Posters! Information about the posters is available here.
- Photo Memories - In a similar spirit to the senior posters, we want to collect additional photos of our seniors throughout their lives, especially ones from school events (field trips, classroom pics, Orange & Black day, Teddy Bear Parades, ...) Please share your favorite photos (please no more than 5). We plan to share the photos with the seniors during graduation. Please take a moment to upload those individual files here: photo upload.
Student Tasks & Information
- Senior Exit Survey - All seniors must complete the senior exit survey. The exit survey consists of a number of pieces of information that we collect about you before you move on to “bigger and better things.” It helps us recognize your accomplishments while also collecting information to help us evaluate our school system so as to benefit future classes of students. Please plan to complete these items by May 15. The three pieces of the survey include:
- Completing Your College Applications in Naviance. If you applied to any colleges this year, we need you to document each of your applications as accepted, rejected, waitlisted, … and also to designate the college/university you are attending. Here are the directions if you haven’t completed this step.
- Sharing your Scholarship Awards. Each year we collect information on the various scholarship awards you have earned to share as part of the graduation ceremony. Please complete this form for any scholarships you have earned including grants and scholarships from the college/university you are attending.
- Senior Destination Survey. Each year the state requires that we collect general information about future plans. This survey is designed to collect that information as well as a few other pieces of information that we can use to stay in contact with you and to plan programming for future students.