Caps and gowns.
Pomp and circumstance.
Commencements are a traditional rite of passage for students moving on to the next stage of their lives. Tradition took a back seat last year as high schools, colleges and universities across the country made changes in their graduation ceremonies due to the pandemic.
While many educational institutions did virtual events for the Class of 2020, at Des Moines Public Schools we created “personal commencements” as a way for each new alum to don their cap and gown, walk across a stage, and receive their well-earned diploma.
As DMPS prepares to celebrate the Class of 2021, commencements are taking a big step towards “normal” as we celebrate our graduates in late May.
Each of our high schools and high school programs will hold a graduation ceremony, with the dates, times and locations noted below. For this year the events will be held in different locations depending, in part, on the size of the graduating class.
In addition, as we are in what is hopefully the final phase of the pandemic, there will be steps taken to meet public health protocols. For example, face masks will be required of all attendees; seating will be arranged to try and encourage social distancing; and the number of guests will be limited. (NOTE: the number of guests will depend on the size of the senior class; graduates will be informed by their school of the number of guests they may invite.) This is being done in the interest of the health and well-being of our students, staff and families, and we expect and appreciate everyone’s cooperation.
Two days in a school year always stand out as extra special: the first day of school and the commencement of our graduates. While this year’s first day of school was interrupted by COVID-19, everyone at DMPS is excited to be able to celebrate the Class of 2021.
Schedule of the Class of 2021 Commencements at DMPS
|All Points Academy||Central Campus Auditorium||May 22, 2:00 p.m.|
|Focus||Central Campus Auditorium||May 22, 2:00 p.m.|
|Ruby Van Meter||Ruby Van Meter Gymnasium||May 28, 6:00 p.m.|
|East High School||Williams Stadium||May 29, 9:00 a.m.
(Rain date: May 30, noon)
|Lincoln High School||Lincoln Roundhouse||May 29, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.|
|Roosevelt High School||Drake Stadium||May 29, 5:00 p.m.
(Rain date: May 30, 5:00 p.m.)
|Hoover High School||Drake University Knapp Center||May 30, 10:00 a.m.|
|North High School||Drake University Knapp Center||May 30, 2:00 p.m.|
|Virtual Campus||Central Campus Auditorium||May 30, 4:00 p.m.|
|Summer Graduation||North High School||August 14, 10:00 a.m.|