Graduation

We worked to make the final days of high school for the Class of 2020 as meaningful as possible in the middle of a pandemic. 

Congratulations, Class of 2020! While virtual graduation does not replace a live ceremony, the video recreates many elements of it. It  includes visual and audio recognition of each individual graduate, student speakers and messages to the class. 

The ceremony is available here or watch directly on YouTube. Once the video begins playing, click the button in the lower right corner of the video to increase the video size to fullscreen

As graduation events extend into the summer and fall, please continue to share photos and videos of 2020 graduates using the hashtag #SLPGrad2020 on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) or by emailing communications@district16.org.

Senior Awards and Scholarships Presentation

We celebrate some of the many accomplishments, awards and scholarships achieved by students in the class of 2020. Congratulations to all of our senior award and scholarship recipients!

Frequently Asked Questions

Plans for August 1

We’ve been monitoring the situation in our state and the evolving guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health. Given current guidelines that limit gatherings to 250 people or fewer, we are not able to host a formal graduation event on August 1.

While we would welcome a chance to host a cap toss and formal, in-person graduation, this is currently not possible in ways that include the entire senior class.

Panther Stadium to be open August 1, 12-4 p.m. (tentative)

We are planning for the stadium to be available for small groups of graduates and friends to come and take photos. There will also be opportunities for graduates to walk across the stage and be handed a diploma. These are two opportunities we were not able to offer in June.

Given the changing public health conditions in our state and surrounding areas, these plans will be confirmed in mid-July. We are required to follow Minnesota Department of Health guidance, and this informal opportunity would honor limits on group and gathering sizes as identified by current state guidelines. 

Class of 2020 Stories

Class of 2020 senior Kieran Ripkin smiling

"The community and culture at Spring Lake Park Schools makes me SLP Panther Proud. The staff and students work together to cultivate a positive atmosphere that allows students to flourish during their time at Spring Lake Park and beyond. The opportunities and experiences that SLP has offered me have opened doors and new possibilities that otherwise I would not have known existed. I am proud to have been able to be a Panther."

Read More about Class of 2020 - Kieran Ripken
hat toss at graduation