Dear Seniors,

Graduation on May 17 is 2 weeks away! Check with your Sponsor Teacher to confirm that you are indeed on track to graduate this spring. If you have any questions regarding the graduation ceremony itself, contact Happy Chronister at: (907) 240-7244 or

Mark your calendar with these upcoming events and deadlines:

May 2: Senior grades are due. Submit your grade sheets, logs and evidences to your sponsor prior to this date so she can report them by the deadline.

May 6: $25 graduation fee is due to Happy. Write a check to FPCS PTSO and take it to the office. This pays for flowers and the photographer. Everyone will get a link to download the candid and formal photos from graduation - which will include your student getting their diploma - presented on stage by the parent or the principal. During the ceremony we explain how the parents may gather on the right of the stage just before it their student's turn and then the parents join them on stage to present their diploma.

May 6: Deadline for submitting your 3 phrases or sentences that describe you. These will be read as you walk across the stage to get your diploma. See samples below.

May 11: Baccalaureate Service - 7:30 - 8:30 Wednesday Evening - Special Religious service for graduates and their families and friends. Held at New Grace Christian Church: 10821 Totem Road. Graduates will lead worship and read verses. The guest speaker will be Dennis Tayman, father of graduate Noah Tayman.

A cookie reception will follow the service from 8:30 - 9:00. Who can bring cookies? Contact Happy if you can participate by playing an instrument, reading a verse or bringing cookies. (Musician rehearsal May 11, 5:45 p.m.)

May 16: Cupcake and Cake decorating workshop to prepare cake for the Graduation. 12:00 - 4:00 Volunteers needed at Kimberly Fischer's home (Taste Buds Cooking) 3551 Chiniak Bay Dr. in Bayshore

May 16: Floral workshop - at 10821 Totem Road - up O'Malley Rd. above the zoo - to make flowers for the ceremony. Let Happy know if you can volunteer from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00.

May 17: Graduation! Show up at East High School at 5:15 for a run through of the ceremony. Have an ironed cap and gown on and come to the stage. Tell your guests to arrive by 6:40 if they want to see the slide show before the ceremony. There is unlimited seating - so invite all your friends and relatives. The ceremony begins at 7:00. We try to be done by 8:15 or 8:30 and then we have a big reception in the lobby. All are welcome to stay and eat finger foods and cake/cupcakes.

We are looking for families who are willing to bring 2 - 5 pounds of sliced cheese to the reception. Let me know. :) Happy

Sample phrases/sentences from past years:

This graduate is passionate about her family and wishes to teach people about having a good lifestyle through a career as a certified nurse midwife. (Name announced)

This graduate will be attending the University of Alaska, Anchorage in the fall. He loves art, playing his guitar and enjoying everything Alaska has to offer. Name announced

This graduate strives to be the best he can be in everything he does. He has a career as a carpenter set in front of him and his biggest desires are for God and his future family. Name announced