Commencement Guidelines

Commencement Guidelines

Dear Senior Families,

Although it is hard to believe, the high school journey for the Class of 2020 is rapidly reaching its conclusion. We are putting the finishing touches on the planning for our Senior Parade and our revised Commencement ceremony; please allow us to share some specifics with you for planning purposes.

Senior Parade:

The Senior Parade will take place throughout the Village of LaGrange on Friday, May 22nd. Here are important details to help prepare you and your family for that evening’s parade.

●      Parade will begin at 6:00pm - leaving from the old KMS/KHS school buildings (our current Police Station at 301 Liberty St.). Students may begin lining up for the parade at 5:30pm.

●      We ask that your car be limited to only family members during the parade.

●      We ask that a family member be the driver so that our seniors can enjoy looking out at the route as you move through our town.

●      We hope that you decorate and jazz up your car for that evening to help celebrate your accomplishments. We are excited to see your creative juices flow!

●      If you need to attach signs and posters to your car, you will be allowed to exit your car once you are lined up for the parade, but you will be expected to return to your car after that time so we can maintain safe social distance as we prepare for the parade start.

●      The parade route was created by the Mayor to help provide access to as many homes and streets as possible within Village limits - please encourage your family who is not with you in the car to stay at home in your front yards and driveways to see and cheer on all of the seniors. If your family does not live in the Village, there will be plenty of space along the parade route for spectators, and please note these possible places on the map (some places include Community Park, Vets Park, the Circle, Depot, etc). We ask that all spectators continue to maintain safe social distancing so that our celebration recognizes safety above all else.

●      Our last destination on the parade route will be a “final” drive down Opportunity and Positivity Way. These streets will be reserved and filled with Keystone staff, who are so very excited to bid you a final farewell.

●      The end of Positivity Way will be the final stop of the parade, and we will have police present to help you turn safely onto 303 to return back home.

●      Our rain date will be May 29th - but let’s hope it’s not necessary!


This is the cornerstone of our students’ education at Keystone Local Schools. Our staff has made every effort to provide a solemn ceremony that brings meaning to all graduates and their loved ones, even in the midst of these challenging time. Because of this, the following guidelines have been developed to direct the behavior of our graduates and their guests. Please review these carefully. (see reverse)

●      Dress: Graduates must dress appropriately for this momentous occasion. Typically, ladies wear formal attire and low-heeled dress shoes. Boys wear slacks, a dress shirt, tie, and dress shoes.

●      Students may NOT alter or decorate their caps in any way.

●      All students will wear a deep purple cap and gown with white stole and Class of 2020 tassel. Tassels should be worn on the right side when entering the ceremony.

●      Cords and sashes: members of the National Honor Society will receive a gold sash to wear during their portion of the ceremony. These sashes will only be worn by the individual student and not shared for safety purposes. However, sashes are the property of KHS and must be returned upon exiting the building. Any student who has earned an Honors Diploma cord and/or military cord will receive this upon arrival, and may k eep the cords.

●      Arrival Times: Students should arrive 10 minutes before their scheduled time, and wait in the parking lot in front of the academic lobby until directed to enter the building. In the interest of staying on schedule, caps and gowns should be on prior to entering the building.

●      Graduates may bring up to FIVE family members with them. This will allow us to adhere to the current COVID-19 guideline of no more than ten people in a school building in a specific area.

●      Each graduate and their five family members (or less) will then enter the cafetorium, where they will walk across our stage, hear their name called, and turn their tassel. We will have a film crew recording this portion of the ceremony and it will be compiled into a finished video that will be available for families in June. Groups will then exit through the athletic wing. This will allow us to celebrate each graduating Senior and still allow for social distancing that is required by the State and local Health Department.

●      Graduates will leave the ceremony with their diploma, 8th grade letters, academic awards, etc.

We look forward to celebrating your graduate over the coming weeks!



James Kohler, Principal

Gina Gibson, Assistant Principal

Meghann Gallo, School Counselor

Alyssa Schwedt, School Counselor