Class of 2022 Graduation Information

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Sprague Graduation Video

Link to Sprague's Graduation Ceremony Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUtMB8j590A


Sprague High School Seniors and Parents:

Please take the time to look over the calendar of senior events (below) for the remaining months. I would like to personally invite you to participate in all, or as many of these events that you can. This is an exciting and memorable time for you and your parents. Your class officers this year have worked hard to make this a special time for you as you near the finish line.

Seniors, I need to remind you that during these final months of your senior year your behavior matters. Please do not get caught up in anything that would create an unsafe situation for you and your friends and jeopardize you being able to participate in senior activities which include the right to walk in the graduation ceremony.

Keep up the good work with your grades and attendance. Remember, you must have the correct 24 credits and your reading, writing, and math essential skills as well as have completed your Personal Education Plan (PEP) to graduate. If you have questions about any of the graduation requirements, see your counselor.

In closing, I would like to challenge each and every one of you to take what you have done so far and continue to run the race and remember to FINISH STRONG.

We are looking forward to a very special graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Oregon State Fair Pavilion.


Chad Barkes, Principal

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We Need to Know:

  • Student’s name

  • Name of award or scholarship

  • Name of college or university

  • Dollar amount awarded

  • Is the award renewable?

The dollar amount is confidential and not published. It is used to track the total dollars that our senior class earns as a whole. At the Senior Awards Assembly, we will announce the total combined dollar amount earned by the 2022 Sprague graduates.

You can submit this information online at: Class of 2022 Post High School Plans Survey


State and private schools require a final transcript be sent to verify high school completion. To have your transcript sent to the college of your choice, submit your request online at:


These transcripts will be available starting on June 30, 2022.


To explore career ideas, visit Oregon CIS: https://oregoncis.uoregon.edu

Take a 10-20 minute test that will provide a list of careers that you may enjoy based on the questions you answer. Select the Exploration tab then Interest Profiler (Short). From there you can link your career ideas to specific colleges or other types of training. You can access CIS through any computer with internet access.

Chemeketa offers career training too. The ASPIRE Coordinator and Counselors are here to help you…Don’t settle for less! Education and training are essential to a good paying job with benefits.


Oregon CIS has a great scholarship search engine under Exploration, under Financial Aid Sort on the home page. Community college is always an affordable and practical way to start your four-year degree!

Here is the link for Oregon CIS: https://oregoncis.uoregon.edu

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To be able to participate in the graduation ceremony Seniors must meet the 24 credit requirement. All seniors have met the career related learning experiences and extended application requirements through their courses they have completed. Any additional coursework, such as online, college credit, work experience credit or District Alternative Education credit, must be completed by 4:00 p.m. on June 3rd, so that credits can be verified. If you have questions about your student’s progress towards graduation requirements, please email your student’s counselor.


Please make sure to pay any outstanding balances prior to Prom, Senior Banquet, and the Graduation Ceremony.

Make payment to Sprague High School with the Bookkeeper. You may also pay online at: https://skpay.salkeiz.k12.or.us. If you have any concerns or need to make arrangements for payment, please contact Tessie Riddell, Assistant Principal.

All library books and textbooks are due on Friday, May 27th. If a textbook must be used for a final exam, please return it immediately after the exam.

Students can access the list of books and textbooks checked out to them at any time from the Sprague website. Click on the LIBRARY link. Login to Destiny Discover to view items checked out.

REMINDER: Seniors with library and textbook fees will not be allowed to walk at Graduation. Make plans now to return books as soon as possible to avoid long lines and last-minute panic.

Options if you have book fees:

  • Find the book and return it.

  • Pay the Bookkeeper, Mrs. Sealey, in the office, or online at https://skpay.salkeiz.k12.or.us

  • Buy an identical replacement. Make sure the book has the same ISBN# as the one checked out.


The Salem-Keizer School District permits seniors to graduate early on June 8th while other students continue through June 16th. Because of this, there are no authorized senior skip days!

It is also important to remember that violations of school rules, including pranks and poor choices, (including through the use of technology) may result in a student not being able to participate in the graduation ceremony. Any student engaged in a senior prank that damages property, degrades the reputation of an individual and/or Sprague High School may be criminally charged and will not be allowed to walk with their class at graduation. This includes “BOOYAH” hill. The joy of graduation could be lost if a student chooses to engage in inappropriate behavior.

Seniors will participate in awareness discussions designed to prevent anyone from losing their privileges to participate in senior activities and/or graduation. Our desire is to make certain every senior in the Sprague family enjoys a wonderful and memorable graduation.


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Due to capacity limits at the prom venue, we had a limited number of tickets available to sell. Tickets sales opened to Seniors on March 28th and to Juniors on April 11th. We have been advertising the ticket sales since March 1st. This included information that the tickets would be limited due to the capacity of the venue. Advertisement has been going out through the weekly newsletter to students and families, and through the daily announcements to students.


This event has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 11th at 9:00 am.

Seniors should arrive at the Stadium by 9:00 am on Wednesday, May 11th. The photo will be taken on the turf field in the Stadium. For students arriving at school by bus, please head straight to the Stadium as soon as you arrive at school. Students going to CTEC that day will still be able to participate! We will release you first to catch your bus, and we will let the bus driver know.


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Jostens will be at Sprague on Friday, May 6th in the Commons during both lunches to distribute caps and gowns. Orders for caps and gowns can still be placed through jostens.com. Make sure to place your order by April 22nd in order to receive your cap and gown set on May 6th at Sprague. Orders placed after April 22nd will have to make other pick-up arrangements. Jostens is available for questions regarding graduation items at 503-723-8006 or by email at thul.office@jostens.com.


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The Parent Grad Committee has purchased Senior Yard Signs for all graduates. Please pick up your Yard Sign after school on Tuesday, May 17th at the north end entrance. If you are not able to pick it up that day, they will be available in the office after that date.


Senior Parade

Sprague High School Parking Lot

Saturday, June 4th

12:00 pm

Arrive between 11:00 am - 12:00 pm to add the finishing touches to your vehicle and get your place in line.

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Senior Awards Assembly

Sprague High School Stadium

Monday, June 6th

9:00 am

All Seniors and Families are invited to attend the Senior Awards Assembly on June 6th at 9:00 am. The location will be in the Sprague Stadium weather permitting. Seniors should arrive to the Sprague Stadium by 8:45 am. The assembly may be moved to the Main Gym if there is rain that day.

Students should wear their Gowns and Caps (no tassels). If you have honorary stoles or cords, including CTEC, you are encouraged to wear them. The purpose of this activity is to honor and acknowledge the achievements of the Sprague High School class of 2022. This is not required, but highly encouraged for all seniors and their families to celebrate the hard work accomplished by seniors to get to graduation. The awards assembly will dismiss at approximately 10:15 am. Immediately following the assembly, seniors will begin gathering to depart for the Parades of Honor.

PARADES OF HONOR (Graduates Only)

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Parades of Honor

Sprague’s Elementary Feeder Schools

Monday, June 6th

10:15 am

(Immediately following the Senior Awards Assembly)

Attention seniors, mark your calendars for our annual visits to Sprague’s feeder elementary schools in your caps & gowns!

The purpose of this activity is for high school graduates to go back to their elementary school of origin to “parade” the halls in graduation caps and gowns, to be celebrated, and to greet elementary students and staff. Graduates get to see their previous school and teachers, and the teachers get to see them! This is not required, but seniors who attended a Sprague feeder elementary school are highly encouraged to participate. It has been a meaningful experience for everyone involved!

Transportation will be provided. Seniors will gather immediately after the Senior Awards Assembly at Sprague High School. Seniors will arrive at their elementary schools between 10:45 – 11:00 am.

To help us plan for transportation, please sign up at: Parades of Honor Sign-Up

Sprague Feeder Elementary Schools:

Battle Creek

Faye Wright


Salem Heights



SENIOR BANQUET (Graduates Only)

Senior Banquet

Mission Mill

Tuesday, June 7th

6:00 pm

The Spinning Room at Willamette Heritage Center, formerly known as Mission Mill, is the site of the Class of 2022 Senior Banquet on Tuesday, June 7th at 6:00 PM. Tickets will be sold during lunch and after school through the Bookkeeper beginning on May 2nd. Cost is $10 per person. Deadline to purchase banquet tickets is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 3rd. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

All fines and fees must be paid before a senior banquet ticket can be purchased. Please wear nice attire to this event, such as dresses, pant outfits, collared shirts or blouses, and nice slacks. The evening includes a catered dinner, class slideshow, a few senior speeches, a musical performance and the Senior Superlative Awards presentation.

All seniors should plan on attending. If the price of a ticket prevents you from coming or if you would like to make a donation to pay for a senior banquet ticket, contact Mrs. Kleinman, 503-399-3261 or email kleinman_melinda@salkeiz.k12.or.us.


Graduation Practice

Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion

Wednesday, June 8th

8:30 am

Graduation practice begins at 8:30 am sharp on Wednesday, June 8th at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion. Attendance at rehearsal is required for all graduating seniors participating in the graduation ceremony. Do not make conflicting appointments. Those who do not attend this practice cannot march that evening. Transportation will not be provided.

  • We will begin by having all students check-in. You will then choose your seat.

  • Please know that we intend to keep the practice to no more than 2 hours in length. The better you listen and follow directions, the sooner we will get the practice done.

  • You do not need to bring your cap or gown to this event. It is only a rehearsal; please dress comfortably.

  • No children, guests, or pets are allowed at the practice. Only graduates should come into the Pavilion for the rehearsal.

  • At the end of the practice, you will be given your guest tickets. Please don’t lose these tickets. We will not be able to replace lost tickets.

  • You will also be given your diploma. You will be given the diploma cover at the graduation ceremony that evening, as you walk across the stage.


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All attire worn under the gown must follow district dress code.

General Instructions:

  • Hang up the gown as soon as you get it. Many of the wrinkles will shake out but some pressing may be necessary.

  • Students are allowed to wear their cords, medals, or stoles depending upon their involvement in clubs/organizations/honor societies. Hawaiian leis are allowed to be worn. Native American feathers, beadings and garments are allowed. The cords are passed through the loop in the back of the gown and then hang over the shoulders in front.

  • Students are not allowed to carry objects such as, but not limited to: flowers, stuffed animals, air horns, balloons, inflatables, etc. Sunglasses may not be worn. Helium balloons are prohibited by the Pavilion.

  • Correct Positioning of Cap: The long point of the cap goes to the back and the short point is centered on the forehead with the mortarboard level (not tilted). The cap is never removed during any part of the ceremony. The outside of the cap may be decorated, however if the decorations on the cap are considered inappropriate or cause a distraction, the graduate will be asked to remove and replace their cap. The tassel is pinned on the right side of the cap.

  • The gowns do not need to be returned, but they can be donated for future senior use.


All graduates must check-in at 6:00 pm (60 minutes prior) to the start of the graduation ceremony time. Graduates will enter through the Senior Gate (East entrance to the Pavilion building) and go to the line-up area. Graduates will line up for the processional at 6:30 pm.

There is not a place to put purses and personal belongings. Leave them with your families or at home.

Anyone arriving for the evening ceremony who was not at the morning practice will NOT be permitted to march or be involved in the ceremony.

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Seating will be limited based on the capacity of the Pavilion and must be strictly adhered to, according to fire marshal regulations. Each graduate will be given 9 Guest Tickets. Tickets will be distributed to graduates during the Graduation Practice at the Pavilion on June 8th at 8:30 am. If additional tickets are needed, graduates can check with other graduates at the Practice to see if any unused tickets are available. The school does not have extras.

Admission into the Pavilion will begin at 6:00 pm. Guests should enter through the main entrance (South entrance) to the Pavilion building. Tickets are required for all guests. Make sure to have your guest tickets with you, as they will be checked at entry.

Parents are not to enter the line-up area for seniors. This area is located at the East entrance of the building.

Guests are to remain seated throughout the ceremony and are expected to remain for the entire program, which usually lasts about 1 ½ - 2 hours. A professional photographer will take a picture of each senior as diplomas are received.

If you need handicap/accessible seating, it is available on a first come, first served basis around the Pavilion. Please see a staff member if you need assistance.

No outside food/drink are allowed in the Pavilion. Noise makers and helium balloons are not allowed in the Pavilion.

Guests are not allowed on the main event floor at any time. Graduates and guests are asked to exit the Pavilion immediately following the ceremony. Please plan to meet up with your graduate outside of the building.


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Graduation photos will be taken by Lifetouch Photography. Pictures will be taken of graduates holding their diploma after they have exited the stage. You can view and purchase portraits 3 ways:

  1. Go to the Sprague Commencement website provided by Lifetouch at: events.lifetouch.com.
  2. From the proof Lifetouch will mail to you.
  3. Respond to the emails Lifetouch will send you.

Portraits will be available approximately 3-4 weeks following graduation.


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Capital Community Media is televising or streaming Salem-Keizer high school graduation ceremonies live on Comcast Xfinity or our YouTube page. DVDs, Blu-rays, and digital downloads are available for purchase. For more information, visit www.capitalcommunitymedia.org/graduations or use the provided QR code.

Link to Sprague Graduation Ceremony - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUtMB8j590A.


Graduates will be given their diploma during Graduation Practice at 8:30 am on Wednesday, June 8th. Graduates will be given their diploma cover as they walk across the stage during the Graduation Ceremony.

*Unclaimed diplomas will not be mailed home and will remain in the Sprague office until they are picked up and signed for.


LAST DAY TO PURCHASE TICKETS IS MAY 25TH! If you cannot attend due to financial reasons please reach out to your counselor or by email and your tickets will be complimentary. If you would like to make a donation to sponsor a senior to attend the senior party you can make an additional payment through venmo and write "donation" in the comments.

Seniors will leave from Sprague High School at 11:00 pm, check-in begins at 10:30 pm. Do not miss the bus! You will be returning to Sprague at approximately 6:00 am on Thursday, June 9th.

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