Commencement Ceremonies

Sunday, June 6, 2021

2:00 PM & 4:30 PM

Announcement

We are excited to announce the graduation plans for the Class of 2021. We must still abide by the Governor’s Executive Orders and guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Education. This page will briefly explain the guidance, graduations options considered, and related frequently asked questions.

Description:

St. Croix Prep will hold two ceremonies in the gymnasium on Sunday, June 6. One will be held at 2:00 pm and the other at 4:30 pm. Each graduate will be allowed six (6) guests. The graduating class is approximately 90; each ceremony would include half of the graduating class. Faculty attendance will be reduced to maximize family attendance.

Safety Precautions:

Per MDH guidelines, we can seat family groups (may not exceed six people) together, but physical distancing of six (6) feet must be maintained between groups. Face coverings will be required. The facility will be cleaned between ceremonies.

Live Streaming:

The event will be live-streamed; and we will consider overflow seating/viewing in the PAC.

PHYSICAL CAPACITY CONSIDERATIONS

There are many factors that went into this decision, with capacity of our facility being critical in our decision making. Per MDH guidance issued on March 12, our physical spaces have the following capacity:

Facility

Capacity

Gymnasium

365

Outdoor Stadium

Note: We used the dimensions of the football field since this is the approximate space would be used for seating/viewing of the commencement ceremony.

478

PAC

155

Auxiliary Gym

228

Note: Each space has a different capacity calculation based on whether it is an outdoor or indoor venue, occupant capacities based on code, etc.

GRADUATION OPTIONS CONSIDERED

Given the capacity restrictions, these are the graduation options that were considered:

Indoor Ceremony with Full Attendance of Graduates

Description

Complete ceremony with full attendance by graduates.

Reason for Elimination

Due to capacity restrictions, each graduate would be limited to two (2) guests.

Indoor Ceremony with Full Attendance of Graduates/Guests at a non-Prep Location

Description

Complete ceremony with full attendance by graduates, faculty, parents, family, and guests.

Reason for Elimination

Typical attendance at graduations is between 700-800 attendees. Due to MDH guidelines, we would need a space that has indoor seating that accommodates approximately 1,600. These sites are booked and cost prohibitive.

Outdoor Ceremony at Prep Field

Description

Complete ceremony with full attendance by graduates

Reason for Elimination

CONCLUSION

Due to the current Executive Orders and guidance from MDH and MDE, we believe the option currently being planned is best as it allows for a traditional graduation experience (e.g., welcome speeches, student speakers, music, etc.) with the most graduate guests. In addition, if the weather is favorable, we would be able to host an outdoor reception between ceremonies. This would allow for safe gathering, pictures, and celebration in the auxiliary gym and outdoor spaces.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL of this is subject to change based on guidance or mandate from Governor Walz, the Minnesota Department of Health, or the Minnesota Department of Education.