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AHS CLASS OF 2022 UPCOMING GRADUATION EVENTS

Class of 2022

Senior Symposium:

Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00pm inside various AHS classrooms.

AHS Seniors who participated in the Senior Internship Experience (approximately 175 students) are divided into small groups and take turns presenting about their internship experiences. Each group is led by a Faculty Facilitator who will make sure each intern in the group gives a presentation.  Anyone is welcome to attend the event, and you're also more than welcome to facilitate a classroom.  Please contact Brian Brookhart for further details or information regarding rooms in which classroom presentations will occur.

Slideshow/Graduation Attire/Graduation Tickets:

The senior slideshow is scheduled for Monday, May 16th in the AHS Varsity Gym. Seniors are encouraged to attend the student-only viewing at 2:45 p.m.; families (and graduates) can attend the family shows at 5:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. Seniors can pick up their graduation attire & tickets anytime on Monday, May, 16th from 2:30-8:00 p.m.; Mrs. Taylor will be at tables outside the main entrance of the gym ready to distribute the packages to seniors. Within the package of graduation attire, each senior will receive 8 graduation tickets and any extras they requested.  Again, all student obligations must be met in order to receive the attire and tickets: student fees must be paid, textbooks, Chromebooks, & chargers must be returned.

If students are unable to attend any of the shows and subsequently not pick up their cap/gown and tickets, please contact Senior Class Advisor Toni Taylor (ttaylor@aurora-schools.org). 

Baccalaureate:

Baccalaureate will be held on May 17th at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, located at 342 S. Chillicothe Road in Aurora. As a reminder, this is an optional, non-denominational event organized by local clergy members as a way to celebrate the graduating senior class. Because parking could be quite congested, family members and seniors are advised to travel together if possible.

Graduation Practice:

All seniors planning to participate in the commencement ceremony in the evening MUST attend graduation practice on Thursday, May, 19th beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Veterans Stadium. Cap & gown are not needed at the practice. It is vital that seniors arrive on time. This practice will take approximately 2 hours.

Senior Picnic:

The senior class picnic will be held directly following the graduation practice on May 19th at Sunny Lake located at 885 E. Mennonite Road in Aurora. The picnic is slotted for 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Students are welcome & encouraged to bring a volleyball, frisbees, and other manageable yard games if desired. The picnic will include burgers, hotdogs, chips, & desserts. There will also be plant-based burgers, gluten free, & dairy free options. 

Graduation:

Graduation will be held Thursday, May, 19th at 8:00 p.m. Gates will open at 7:00 p.m. and guests can sit on the visitor or home bleachers.  Please make sure to have your ticket upon entering. Handicap seating is available in the bleachers; ramps are on both sets of bleachers and handicap seating is towards the front. 

Seniors need to park in the Harmon parking lot and arrive at Veterans Stadium by 6:30. They can enter the stadium on the Harmon side or walk to the gathering place in the grass behind the home bleachers outside of the field to get flowers and line up accordingly. Graduation caps with tassels and graduation gowns are worn. Only tassels, cords, medallions, and stoles awarded by Aurora High School may be worn; cords earned through Excel TECC programs are also allowed to be worn.

Men should wear light-colored shirts, dark trousers, and dress shoes.  Ties are mandatory and should blend with the forest green gown.  Ladies should wear light-colored dresses or white pants and comfortable shoes with a low to moderate heel. Ladies’ gowns are white and anything that shows below the gown must be white. No stilettos or spike heels are allowed on the field.  Small earrings are appropriate. Hair must be groomed to permit the proper wearing of the academic cap. 

The graduation ceremony will be live-streamed thanks to Community Focus; the URL is on the back of the graduation ticket. The URL for the live stream is https://mycommunityfocus.app/ 

Once at the website, people will click on "Live Streams" and then "Aurora Live Streams."

PTO-Sponsored fireworks will follow the Graduation Ceremony:  On behalf of AHS and the Harmon High PTO, we'd like to extend a big thank you to all of the amazing businesses and families who donated to our Senior Celebration Fireworks display set to cap off the 2022 Graduation ceremony at Veterans Stadium on May 19th! Because of the generosity of Dr. James Tomko, Salon Patrick, the Aurora Alumni Association, Dr. Paul Bizjak, and Anna Maria of Aurora, as well as all the family donors who pitched in, we are able to continue the tradition of sending our seniors off with an amazing fireworks celebration that wouldn't have been possible otherwise!  Thank you to everyone for the support as we hope to make this a memorable experience for all seniors, their families and our Aurora Community!





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