Important Dates:

SCIPDay: Friday, May 3, 2019

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. – Scholarship Night (by invitation) at Southeast Polk High School

Final ExamDates: Monday, May 20, 2019 through Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Monday, May 20th – periods 1, 3, 7
Tuesday, May 21st – periods 2, 4, 8
Wednesday,May 22nd- periods 5,6
Last Day of Classes: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Honors Assembly (by invitation): Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. – Southeast Polk High School

Senior Breakfast: Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. – at your elementary school. If you did not attend a SEP elementary, you may go to breakfast with a friend. Please call ahead to let the school know if you do plan to attend.

Graduation (Commencement) Rehearsal: Friday, May 24, 2019 at 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – HS Main Gym

Cap/GownDistribution:Friday,May24,2019 from 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. – Pool Entrance Hallway

CommencementCeremony:Sunday,May26,2019 at 4:30 p.m. – Knapp Center, Drake University in Des Moines. Please note that this is Memorial Day weekend.

Commencement Rehearsal:

Rehearsal for the commencement ceremony is essential. You must be present in order to participate in the ceremony. Be sure to make arrangements with work (or any other conflicts) ahead of time to ensure you are present and on time. Mark your calendars now!

Your attentiveness and cooperation will help rehearsal to run smoothly and finish in a timely manner.

If you do not plan to participate in commencement or your plans change, please notify your counselor as soon as possible.

If you are not at commencement, you may pick up your diploma in the Counseling Office the week
following graduation from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. or make arrangements with Mr. Brand

Commencement Day Information:

Commencement will be held at the Knapp Center at Drake University. Family and friends are invited to attend. There are no tickets or reserved seating.

Graduates need to be in the Bell Center (connected to the Knapp Center) and checked in/seated no later than 3:15 p.m.


Dress appropriately: khakis or slacks, skirts, dresses. This is a formal event. No jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes or flip-flops are allowed. Wear shoes that are comfortable for walking and allow you to go up and down steps with ease.

Store your gown with care prior to commencement. Remove it from the bag after you receive it and place it on a hanger to allow wrinkles to fall out. Put your gown on at the Bell Center to avoid wrinkling.

Corsages and boutonnieres (or any other decoration) are not to be worn on your gown.

Cap is to be worn straight with the tassel to the right. No additional decoration of any sort should be on the cap.

Ceremony Protocol and Etiquette:

There are to be no fog horns, silly string, party poppers, confetti, beach balls, or any type of ball, balloons, or gum taken into the Knapp Center. This will be strictly enforced, and those involved will be removed to the Bell Center.

You will be seated in assigned seats. You will be directed as to the proper procedure for the processional into the Knapp Center from the Bell Center. Students will line up two by two while remaining in alphabetical order. Remember that students must remain in alphabetical order so as not to disrupt the distribution of diploma covers on stage.

As you walk, stay with your partner.

Diploma covers will be presented by rows. As the usher instructs your row to rise, all graduates in that row will rise and walk toward the stage. Wait at the steps until your name is called. Hesitate slightly when receiving your cover to allow the photographer to take your picture.

Accept the diploma with your left hand; shake hands with your right hand.

As you leave the stage, move your tassel from the right to the left.

Return to your row and be seated immediately.

You will recess by rows starting from the front.

Return to your designated area in the Bell Center where you will receive your actual diploma.