2020 Graduation Information

Liberty High School and Liberty North High School

Graduation is coming SOON!

We are so excited as our Commencement dates are approaching. Liberty High School will host Commencement on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm. Liberty North High School will host Commencement on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 8:00pm. Both celebrations will be at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.


The contents of this letter are extensive but we wanted to ensure that we shared all necessary information. Please review this information carefully for it provides a clear understanding of the details for each of our Commencement events.


As we have not used this venue in the past, we may reach out with additional information. We will accompany any email communications with a Tweet from our building Twitter handle of @LHSJays/@LNeaglenews


Please be mindful that laptops must be returned, debts must be remediated, and any textbooks, library book, or other school resources must be returned. If you would like to check on this, please contact Donna Bootka at (816)736-7048 or email to Donna.Bootka@lps53.org. Your help is appreciated in collecting these items.


If you have specific questions that were not addressed within this communication, please contact Liberty High School Principal, April.Adams@lps53.org or Administrative Assistant Sarah Burt at Sarah.Burt@lps53.org, Liberty North HIgh School Principal Precious.Kurth@lps53.org, or Liberty Academy Director melissa.norris@lps53.org.


Thank you for your partnership; we are going to have a fantastic celebration of the amazing seniors in the Class of 2020!


Warmest Regards,


Dr. April Adams, Dr. Precious Kurth, and Mrs. Melissa Norris

Location and Parking

  • The address to the Children’s Mercy Park is One Sporting KC, Kansas City, KS 66111
  • Please note that this venue is approximately 45 minutes from Liberty. The event will start promptly at 8:00pm. Any graduate NOT in the staging area by 7:50pm will not be able to walk. Please plan accordingly to be at the event location by 7:00pm when graduates are granted entrance.
  • Parking is free. General parking is in the Red Lot. Please reference the venue map.
  • We encourage families to come together to ensure enough parking.
  • All guests will enter at the Hollywood Casino Gate located on the corner of France Family Drive and Village West Parkway. Please reference the venue map.
  • ADA Parking is located in the Lone Star Lot. Please reference the venue map.
  • All guests will go through a security bag check prior to admission to the venue.

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Information for Graduates

Rehearsal Information:

  • Liberty High School
  • LHS will not be holding a rehearsal. For your review we have created a PREVIEW video for our event. Included in the video is parking information, entry processes, guest information, ceremony processes, exit processes and tips for before, during, and after the event. This information is also included in this letter; however, we wanted to provide a visual of the space and ceremony layout process.
  • Liberty North High School
  • LNHS will be hosting an optional rehearsal on July 16, 2020 at 10:00 am at Children’s Mercy Park. Masks are required. Graduates will enter through the Budweiser Brew House doors located on the corner of France Family Drive and Village West Parkway. Students unable to attend the rehearsal please watch the PREVIEW designed by LHS. The procedures, processes and expectations are the same. Parents/guests are not permitted to enter this area with graduates.

Dress Code:

  • Please be dressed in cap/gown/and stole. Please remember to wear your cap tassel(s), cord(s), and medal(s). If wearing multiple medals, please tape them together in order to reduce the clanging.
  • NO HIGH HEELS are allowed on the field. Graduates should wear shoes that will not violate this venue expectation. Heels will damage the field. If you choose to wear high heels, you will be asked to remove and leave your shoes in the staging area, thus having to go barefoot onto the field and throughout the ceremony.
  • This is a formal event; please know that you are making memories that will be long lasting for your family. Dress in business casual attire but please be aware of the temperature.
  • You have worked very hard and overcome many obstacles for Commencement to occur, please act with decorum as this celebration is for you and your family and is a gift provided by your community.
  • All graduates must wear a mask during staging and while processing onto the field.

Arrival Time and Location:

  • Graduates are to be dropped off and will be allowed to enter the Budweiser Brew House at 7:00pm. This entrance is on the northeast corner of the stadium.
  • Parents/guests are not permitted to enter this area with graduates.
  • The Budweiser Brew House is also the staging location. This is located on the corner of France Family Drive and Village West Parkway. There will be faculty to assist with your entry.
  • Graduates are encouraged not to bring personal items to the staging area. All personal items (including cell phones) must remain with a parent or guardian.

Pre-Event Staging:

  • Due to the inability to pre-organize in the staging area we will be unable to organize graduates alphabetically. As students arrive, there will be faculty members onsite handing out name cards.
  • On the name card will be your name to hand to the reader on the stage.
  • Administrators will marshall all graduates onto the field and assist with seating.
  • Restrooms are available for graduates in the Brew House.

Processing onto the Field and Seating:

  • Administrators will assist with leading the graduates onto the field and loading into the seating areas. All seating on the field will be spaced to ensure social distancing is practiced.
  • As graduates process onto the field, masks must be worn.
  • Graduates are to stand at their seats and remain standing until the entire class has all entered the field. I will then invite all the graduates to be seated. Graduates are welcome to unmask once the class has been seated.

Awarding of Diplomas:

  • Your Principal will make the announcement that we are ready to award the diplomas. At this time, a representative from our Board of Education will speak to the class. After addressed by the Board of Education, your Principal will provide information about the diploma awarding process.
  • Graduates do not have to wear masks for the diploma awarding process for picture purposes.
  • Dice Photography will be taking all pictures of graduates walking across the stage and with their diploma jacket.
  • A unique element for our ceremony this year is we will have two people reading names and two entry points for graduates to access the stage. Therefore, graduates will be accessing the stage from both sides.
  • An administrator will assist each row and direct the graduates to the stage access points.
  • Dr. Tucker and Board of Education members will be waiting to congratulate graduates as they exit the center stage.
  • In an effort to reduce contact, Board Members will not be shaking graduates’ hands.
  • There will be a set of stairs in the front center of the stage that all graduates will us to exit the stage.
  • Dice Photography will be at the bottom of the stage to take a picture.
  • Graduates will then proceed back to their seats and await the conclusion of the awarding of the diplomas. Graduates are welcome to take their seats.

Recessing off the Field:

  • At the completion of the ceremony, the Graduates of the Class of 2020 will be presented to the guests.
  • A special treat has been arranged for the Class of 2020 by your Student Council.
  • We will start the recessional music and an administrator will begin the process of assisting graduates off of the field.
  • Families will be able to join their graduates outside of the stadium in the parking lots.

Ticket Information

Ticket Pick Up - Friday, July 17, 2020 9:00am to 11:00am

  • We will distribute tickets as we did senior yard signs.
  • FOR LHS: Please enter the LHS campus off of Conister and we will have tables set up by the west Field House entry.
  • FOR Liberty North: Please note ticket distribution will be at the Field House parking lot.
  • All graduates will receive an envelope with their name, the number of requested tickets (if the request can be accommodated), and the assigned seating information within the stadium. A map of the stadium will be included for reference.
  • Diplomas will also be distributed at this time.

Day of Commencement--Children's Mercy Park

Early Entry for ADA Accommodations:

  • All family members must wear masks for entry. Once seated, families are welcome to unmask. Masks are required for exiting also.
  • Gates will be open at 7:15pm to accommodate any ADA needs. Families are allowed to enter with their family members who require early entry.
  • Tickets are required for entry; please make sure you bring the assigned seating information with you.
  • Families will be assisted to their assigned seats by either event staff or our faculty members.

General Admission:

  • All family members must wear a mask for entry. Once seated, families are welcome to unmask. We ask all family members to re-mask in order to exit the stadium.
  • Gates will open for general admission at 7:30 pm.
  • Tickets are required for entry; please make sure you bring the assigned seating information with you.
  • Families will be assisted to their assigned seats by either event staff or our faculty members.

Restrooms:

  • Women’s and Men’s restrooms are available on the concourse.
  • A family restroom will also be available for guest use.

Exiting the Stadium:

  • After the graduates have recessed from the field, families can join their graduates outside of the stadium.
  • Masks must be worn for exiting the venue.

Streaming of Events

Liberty High School

  • We will be streaming our Baccalaureate Ceremony on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 7:00pm. You can access this event on our Liberty Public Schools YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/KLPS18
  • We will be streaming our Commencement on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 8:00pm. You can access this event on our Liberty Public Schools YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/KLPS18.

Liberty North High School

  • We will be streaming our Baccalaureate Ceremony on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 7:00pm. You can access this event on our Liberty Public Schools YouTube channel: We will forward URL when it is available.
  • We will be streaming our Commencement on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 8:00pm. You can access this event on our Liberty Public Schools YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/3VpXKxBW4wI