Questions regarding graduation should be directed to Sue Bollis, Commencement Coordinator, at 414-817-5537. Seating is open - no tickets are distributed for the FHS Commencement.
- Graduates should plan to be at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex (MCSC) no later than 1:00 p.m. to prepare for line up.
- Shuttle buses will be running from FHS to MCSC starting at Noon on Sunday. At rehearsal, we requested that graduates either be dropped off on Sunday, or that they park at FHS and take the shuttle, as this will allow more convenient parking for their guests. Shuttle buses are also available for guests. Parking at MCSC is limited and the parking lot is very deep so it can be a long walk to the door. The buses will run continuously from the FHS parking lots both before and after the ceremony. (Buses will NOT be stuck in the parking lot traffic after the Commencement).
- Open seating is available - no tickets. There is some bleacher seating but the majority of seats are floor level. There is a small section on the north wall for wheelchair seating.
- The Commencement procession will start at 2:00 p.m. Any guest not seated at that time will be held at the open area inside the entrance and will be seated upon the completion of the procession. Please plan accordingly. Please – no balloons or large signs inside the complex
- Photos will be taken by a professional photographer as each graduate crosses the stage and receives their diploma cover, and a second photo will be taken in a more formal pose with diploma and class flower. These photos will be available to view online and will be available for purchase (optional). In addition, FHS creates a video of the entire Commencement which is available in the school office about 10 days after graduation.
- Rehearsal is mandatory for all graduates at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, May 31st at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex. This is not a school day for graduating seniors – students should report directly to the Milwaukee County Sports Complex. Students who do not participate in rehearsal will not be allowed to participate in commencement.
- Delivery of caps & gowns by Jostens is in April. If you do not pick up your items during lunch on the delivery day, you will need to check with Sue Bollis in the office. Caps, gowns and tassels are also available for purchase in the office after the scheduled delivery day.
- Appropriate clothing under the commencement gown for boys would include a dress shirt, dark pants, socks and shoes. Girls should wear a dress or a blouse/skirt/dress pant combination. Be careful not to wear a shirt with a collar that protrudes beyond the gown. Bring bobby pins for your cap (if needed). No flip flops or athletic shoes please.
- Any student involved in a behavior that detracts from the formality of the ceremony will be removed. This includes, but is not limited to, bringing in beach balls, silly string, the wearing of inappropriate apparel on or under the caps and gowns, etc.
- If a student is removed from the ceremony, that student will be denied receipt of the diploma until a meeting with parents, student and the high school administration occurs. This meeting will not occur until after the conclusion of the school year.
- Students will receive their diploma cover on stage. The actual diploma will be distributed immediately following the ceremony in the area where graduates started the line-up.
- Students with unfinished obligations (outstanding fees, detentions, unreturned or damaged textbooks, locker clean out fees etc.) must clear those obligations by 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31st. Students who do not satisfy these obligations will not be allowed to participate in Commencement. Students will be notified at rehearsal if there is anything outstanding and he/she will need to clear that up by that afternoon.
- All seniors must have fulfilled the requirement of all credits by Thursday, May 30th to participate in the ceremony – absolutely no exceptions.
- Photographers will be taking a photo of each graduate. They will be posting proofs online with no obligation to order. A video will also be available through the high school office in mid June featuring the entire graduation ceremony.
As senior year draws to a close, we ask seniors to avoid poor judgment which could stand in the way of participation in or removal from Commencement. Remember that this ceremony is not only for graduates of the Class of 2019, but also is very important for family and friends who are in attendance. Your cooperation in the matters listed above will result in the Class of 2019 leaving Franklin High School with a record for which we can be proud.