Doors open at 6 p.m. Graduates, families and guests should enter through the main entrance, 175 W Kellogg Blvd. Staff will be available to help assist graduates, families and guests with where they need to go. Please check the Bag Policy for items allowed in the auditorium.
Printed programs will be available upon arrival. An electronic version of the program will be posted on the graduation hub and will also be available via QR code for download at the event.
A photographer will be in the arena to capture candid photos at the event, and we will share an online photo album with families the week after graduation. Lifetouch photos of each graduate receiving their diploma will be online 2-6 weeks after the ceremony here. Families have the option to pre-order the photo before the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase.
It’s the first time graduation has taken place in St. Paul. We’ve put together a list of potential locations for graduation photos and/or dining before or after the graduation ceremony. View the guide.
It is the philosophy of Spring Lake Park High School that commencement is designed to honor graduates with activities that are dignified. Graduates and their guests are politely asked to refrain from any action that would disrupt the atmosphere of these ceremonies. With the cooperation of those attending commencement, everyone will experience a positive, memorable event. Participation in commencement is voluntary – if a student chooses not to participate, he/she must inform the school. Attendance at commencement rehearsal is required of those participating in the ceremony.
Academic Standards for Participation in Commencement
Only those seniors who have met academic requirements for graduation will be permitted to participate in commencement ceremonies.
Student Services will inform students individually of ineligibility due to lack of credits or graduation requirements. Those with specific questions or concerns should call the school at 763-600-5102 or contact Student Services 763-600-5131.
Only seniors who meet all academic requirements and behavioral expectations may participate in commencement. Participating in commencement is voluntary; however, attendance at rehearsal is required for the commencement ceremony. Meeting and Rehearsal is on Thursday, June 8 at 8:15 a.m. in the high school FAC. Seniors will be given very specific information about the Commencement ceremony during rehearsal.
Dress at commencement
Cap, gown, tassel, honor cords that have been approved by Administration
No altering or add-ons to graduation cap and gowns
No shorts or jeans
Please wear dress shoes
Line-Up for Processional
Line-up and seating will be alphabetical
Above dress standards will be monitored
Behavior Standards during Commencement
Behavior consistent with a dignified ceremony is expected
No beach balls, bubbles, airplanes, or any such distractions
No performances on stage (including gestures, yelling, and symbols)
Expressions of celebration should be reserved until the ceremony is concluded
No cap tossing at individuals
Please leave balloon bouquets at home. You will be asked to leave them in a designated holding area during the ceremony. The school will not be responsible for the loss of these items.
Guests are encouraged to dress in a manner in keeping with the dignity of the ceremony.
For the courtesy and convenience of everyone, guests are asked to remain seated throughout the ceremony.
After the ceremony
At the conclusion of the ceremony, family members will meet graduates on upper floor lobby.
During the ceremony, the diploma cover will be awarded to each graduate.
All academic requirements are fulfilled.
Diplomas will be mailed to graduates after final grades have been posted to students’ transcripts.
On the last day of school, Thursday, June 8, seniors will participate in a graduation rehearsal in the high school gym. Additionally, they will turn in their iPad, case, and official Apple charger. If you don’t know where all of those items currently are, we encourage you to start looking to avoid any fees and ensure a smooth turn-in process. The schedule for June 8 is:
Final senior meeting – 8:15 a.m., Fine Arts Center
Students and families are asked to park in the student parking lot and enter through the pool/athletic doors (Door #6). You will then have the opportunity to take photos in front of an SLP banner logo wall before you make your way out of Door #9 to the Panther Stadium field.
On the Panther Stadium field, you may choose to have a professional photographer take one photo for you of the graduate alone or with family. The photographer will later send you an email with a link to the photo and you will have the opportunity to purchase the high-resolution image.
Counselors cannot send a student's final transcript to their college of choice unless they have completed the senior survey. Seniors can complete the senior survey in Naviance now until the final day of school. Transcripts are typically sent to colleges in mid-June.
Seniors are asked to pay any outstanding fees they may have acquired throughout the school year. Fees could range from technology to library books and music fees. To check and pay for any outstanding fees, log in to Campus Parent Portal and click on “Fees” located in the left-hand black column.
Class of 2023 Graduation Program
Class of 2023 Yard Signs
Class of 2023 Senior Spotlight
It's time to shine a light on members of the Class of 2023. These students have been an invaluable part of our Panther community and we're cheering them on as they pursue further education, a career or trade, take a role with the military or do something else altogether.
We asked our graduating seniors to share their plans, favorite experiences and what makes them Panther Proud. In the coming weeks, we will share student spotlights as we celebrate the Class of 2023. We are proud of our seniors and know they will go on to do great things! Read more about each spotlight's time at SLP here.