Little Falls Community High School Commencement Information

DEAR SENIORS and PARENTS of THE CLASS OF 2020: Congratulations! The class of 2020 is the 127th graduating class from L.F.C.H.S.! Your commencement on Sunday, May 24 @ 2:00 p.m. is going to be unique and we intend to make it special for this amazing senior class. Our graduation plan has met the approval of local law enforcement, Morrison County Public Health, and the City of Little Falls. It is imperative that everyone follows the social distance guidelines and directions included in this letter.  Keeping the safety and well-being of our students and their families, as well as school staff, is our number one priority. The information listed below is shared to ensure that this event is a great experience for all. In order to make that happen, we need everyone’s cooperation. Please read the information carefully and follow the directions precisely. Seniors, this is your last appearance together as the Class of 2020, finish it with class! The information below will help make your commencement special for you, your classmates, and your family. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with you and wish you all the best! Enjoy your moment! You have earned it!

Time: Where and When!

The commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 is on Sunday, May 24, at 2:00 p.m. in the student parking lot at L.F.C.H.S. We have 140 graduates who have confirmed that they will participate in graduation. In the event of severe weather, commencement will be postponed until Monday, May 25, at 2:00. A decision on postponement will be made prior to 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. All students will need to be in their assigned family rows by 1:50 p.m. Each student/family has two spots, one behind the other (A & B), not side by side. 

Arrival and Parking!

In an effort to alleviate congestion with the parking process, we will be parking in 10 minute shifts according to rows, similar to boarding a plane. Rows 1 & 2 are asked to arrive and park between 1:00 p.m. & 1:10 p.m. Rows 3 & 4 are asked to arrive and park between 1:10 p.m. & 1:20 p.m. Rows 5 & 6 are asked to arrive and park between 1:20 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. Row 7 is asked to arrive and park between 1:30 p.m. & 1:40 p.m. Family vehicles should arrive together to ensure they are parked back to back (A & B). A parking schedule and map is included with this information. 

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a LFCHS usher and local law enforcement who will provide you a parking pass, information about commencement, and directions to your reserved row. The commencement program and directions are on the schools webpage if you do not want a paper copy. Each family is assigned a row (1-7) with two parking spots (A & B) in each row. Parking attendants will direct you to your row and the two parking spots.There are 40 vehicles in each row and a map is provided showing the layout of the parking lot. Please follow the directions of the parking attendants; it is important that all graduates and family members remain in their vehicles upon arrival and during the duration of the commencement ceremony. 

The following guidelines are from MDE and the Minnesota Department of Health:

  1. Each household should be in a separate car; carpooling does not comply with social distancing.
  2. People with COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) should not attend – no matter what.
  3. Attendees will remain in their individual vehicles. Only graduates are allowed to leave their vehicles to receive their diplomas.
  4. Individuals/guests may not walk to the ceremony or participate outside of vehicles.
  5. There will NOT be public or portable bathrooms available. Please plan accordingly.
  6. RVs, Motor homes, hay wagons, and unusually large vehicles are not allowed.

Proper Attire: Look Your Best!

Make sure you have your cap, gown, and tassel on Sunday. Honor students, Bridges Academy students, and students entering the military may wear your honor cord/braids. Please remember to hang up your gown to get the wrinkles out! Do NOT attempt to iron the gown! Caps are to be worn approximately two inches above the eyebrows, squarely on the head with the point in the front; the mortar board is flat when you are looking straight ahead. The tassel hangs to the right. Gowns will be closed and there is nothing extra on the cap or gown. If you want to look really sharp as a class, proper attire under your gown will include: black slacks or pants, a white dress shirt or blouse, dress shoes, and socks or stockings. Students, it is your choice if you wish to wear a mask; it will not be required.

Presentation of Diplomas!

Seniors will walk across the stage and accept their diplomas. Students will receive their diplomas alphabetically in groups of ten. There are 14 groups. All graduates will remain in their vehicles until Mr. Bjorge instructs you to line up in your group. Students will gather (in their groups 6+ feet apart) on the sidewalk in front of the district office wrapping around the gymnasium walkway. The sidewalk is clearly marked 6 feet apart for students to stand as they prepare to approach the stage. A LFCHS staff member and student ambassador, Thomas Zupko and Alex Gwost, will line you up and lead you to the stage. The student groups are identified on the back of the program and on the parking pass.

 

Mr. Bjorge will present the Class of 2020 and instruct students to come forward when your name is called. Students will wait on the top step until your name is read, walk across the stage and take the diploma jacket from the table tray that Mr. Olson will prepare. Students will pause for a picture and return to their vehicle.Christina Johnson photography is taking pictures and they will be available on her website free of charge. After the first 20 students have returned to their vehicles (groups 1- 2), all 40 vehicles in row 1 will exit to the left as instructed by Mr. Bjorge and the parking attendants. Families will have the option of leaving the ceremony or reentering their lane in the back of the line. Vehicles will all move up one row after every 20 graduates. Please do not move your vehicle until Mr. Bjorge instructs you to do so. This movement plan will require everyone’s cooperation (and a reliable vehicle) and provide every family a “front row seat” as their senior walks across the stage! As seniors leave the stage they will move their tassel from the right to the left side signifying them as graduates from Little Falls Community High School. After Thomas Zupko receives his diploma and returns to his vehicle, Mr. Bjorge will then present the graduated class of 2020…at that moment I would ask the audience to honk car horns and flash lights celebrating the class of 2020!

Fanfare and Recessional!

After graduation, all vehicles will exit the parking lot from either the East or West access. The ushers will help everyone leave in an orderly fashion. Regardless of how you feel about the state’s stay safe orders & guidelines…please, please, please do not tarnish the class of 2020 commencement ceremony by blatantly disregarding public health guidelines and the directions you have been provided. We want the lasting memory of the Little Falls Community High School Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony to be….Awesome and filled with Flyer Pride! Congratulations seniors and parents! Let me know if you have any questions.

Mr. Bjorge
Little Falls Community High School Principal