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Senior Activities and Graduation Information

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Dear Parents or Guardians:

Congratulations for helping your senior graduate from Penn High School. We share your pride in your senior’s achievement.

The purpose of this newsletter is two-fold: To provide you with information regarding the various senior activities, and to solicit your assistance in helping make the graduation activities reflect the dignity, solemnity and importance of your senior’s achievement. You will also receive a hard copy of these details in the mail soon.

Please reach out to our main office with any questions you might have.


Caps and gowns will be distributed to seniors on April 27 and 28th in the Auxiliary Gym during all blocks. If your senior does not pick up his/her cap and gown at that time, please contact Jostens at 260-758-9673 to make arrangements for pick up. Please have your student try on the cap and gown prior to graduation. If either does not fit, please contact Jostens at 260-758-9673. All graduation gowns are black.

Please remember that graduation participation is a privilege, not a required activity. Students will need to adhere to a dress code and behavior standards. Appropriate attire under the cap and gown will be a collared dress shirt, slacks, dark-colored socks and dress shoes for young men. Dresses or dress pantsuits are necessary for young women. Dress shoes or dress sandals for young women will be expected. Young women should wear high heels at their own risk, since they will be navigating stairs and walking a distance. Sandals, tennis/basketball shoes, work boots or similar footwear will not be allowed. Seniors who choose not to comply with these standards and/or who dress in a manner which could be potentially disruptive to commencement activities will be asked to change or not to participate. We respectfully request your assistance in helping us adhere to these guidelines. Masks are optional inside of Notre Dame’s facilities.


Seniors attending the Elkhart Area Career Center will continue to attend until their final day at the Career Center, May 27th, unless you have other obligations to fulfill specific course requirements. Bus transportation will remain the same.


Announcements will be distributed to students on April 27 and 28 in the Auxiliary Gym, during all blocks. If your senior does not pick up his/her announcements at that time, please contact Jostens at 260-758-9673 to make arrangements for pick up promptly.


Seniors will be given commencement information and directions in meetings on April 27 and 28. The meetings will be held at the beginning of every period in the Penn High School Auxiliary Gym. If your student does not have a study hall or dismissal period, they will need to make arrangements with a teacher to attend one of the meetings. Please make every effort to have your senior here for this important information. Full-time Night School and Pennway seniors should plan to attend a meeting at Penn on the previously mentioned dates.


The Senior Recognition Program will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the Penn High School Center for Performing Arts (CPA) by invitation only. Seniors who will be receiving awards will be notified by mail that they will be recognized and should report to the Studio Theatre by 5:45 p.m. on May 10 (through Door B) for seating and final instructions. Seniors are to wear their gowns (no caps), any hoods or cords received by the Counseling Center, and appropriate attire to the Recognition Program. Appropriate attire under the cap and gown will be a dress shirt, slacks, dark-colored socks and dress shoes for young men. Dresses or dress pant suits are appropriate for young women. Dress shoes or dress sandals for the young women will be expected. Casual sandals, tennis/basketball shoes, work boots or similar footwear will not be allowed.


The schedule for senior final exams will be as follows:

Wednesday, May 25 Blocks 2 & 4 Gold

Thursday, May 26 Blocks 2 & 4 Black

Friday, May 27 Blocks 1 & 3 Gold

Tuesday, May 31 Blocks 1 & 3 Black


Seniors who fail a required course for graduation will be notified by the Counseling Center and be enrolled in classes for summer night school.


Information related to commencement will be given to seniors when they meet with administrators on April 27, and April 28, 2022. The arrangement of facilities at the University of Notre Dame will allow us the opportunity to practice and go over last-minute details on the day of commencement just prior to the formal activities on June 6, 2022.

On the day of commencement, Monday, June 6, the doors for students to enter Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center will be open at 4:30 p.m. Seniors are to enter at Gate 10 and report to the field house at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center by 4:45 p.m. Seniors arriving after 5 p.m. will not be in alphabetical order and may be required to be seated at the end of the line or may even be excluded from commencement. Seniors are required to wear their caps and gowns and to have appropriate attire under their caps and gowns. Those who do not comply with the standard of dress that is outlined earlier in this letter will not be allowed to participate. Also, no decorations on the caps and gowns will be allowed.

Seniors are asked to refrain from bringing valuables to commencement. Please bring only those necessary items that you will need at graduation. Sunglasses, cell phones, gifts, hangers, food or drinks will not be allowed. Girls may bring a small handbag/purse. Penn High School and/or Notre Dame are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Parents and guests are to enter through the south main entrance of the Purcell Pavilion between Gates 8 and 10. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Handicapped facilities are available throughout the Joyce Center.


Students will be able to pick up their diplomas beginning Monday, June 20, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pick up will be at the Main Office inside Door A.


Commencement, the most solemn of all graduation activities, will be held on Monday June 6, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Tickets are not required for the commencement. A map of the Notre Dame campus is available on the Penn High School website, going to, or by clicking on the Campus Map link listed below. Seniors, parents, guardians, friends, and relatives are asked to refrain from activities that would detract from the dignity of this most important occasion. Disruptive noises, noise-makers, and/or activities for, or from, your senior or their guests will not only cause undue embarrassment for him/her, but also interfere with the other seniors and guests who desire a dignified ceremony. Seniors who behave in a disruptive or inappropriate manner will be removed from participation. Individuals who disrupt the ceremony will be escorted from the Purcell Pavilion.

Parents should make prior arrangements as to where to meet their senior after the graduation ceremonies have ended. Please do not interrupt the procession as the graduates exit the Joyce Center. The graduates will be released to meet with family and friends after re-entering the field house


Inter-State Photography will be positioned to take individual pictures of seniors with their diplomas. Every student will be photographed and all photographs will be available for purchase on a protected website. The website is Password: Kingsmen2022. NO ONE EXCEPT SCHOOL PERSONNEL WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE ARENA FLOOR TO TAKE



If you would like to purchase a yard sign for your graduate, please click on this link from Derby Photography to place your order. All orders must be placed by Sunday, April 24th. Pick up for the signs will be at Penn High School in the Main Office starting the first week of May. The cost is $15 per sign or $20 for a personalized with your graduate’s name.


On June 1st and 2nd, seniors will be visiting their former elementary schools and inspiring our elementary students to celebrate graduation and to thank their teachers who have helped them achieve this goal. A light breakfast will be served beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the hallway at the north end of the cafeteria before the parades start. More information will be shared at the Senior Meeting on April 27th & 28th.


You and your senior should know that participation in any or all of the activities described in this letter are voluntary. You have the right not to participate.

It is our strong desire this year’s commencement activities will reflect the way in which we would like the Class of 2022 to be remembered. Students who choose to violate school rules not only jeopardize their academic success, but also risk disciplinary action. If such disciplinary action is taken, students will not receive their diplomas until the consequences for school violations have been served. We invite your support in encouraging your senior to be responsible academically and behaviorally through commencement and for the rest of the school year.

Your assistance and cooperation in conforming to the instructions outlined in this letter are needed and appreciated. If you have any questions about any of the activities outlined above, please do not hesitate to call.

Again, congratulations to you and your senior! We wish the newest members of the Penn High School Alumni the very best! They have, indeed, been very special!
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