Dear Class of 2020 Students and Families,

This is our final email about our graduation ceremonies.

Please remember seniors must turn in Chromebooks and chargers, or pay to have them replaced, before receiving a diploma. Lost Chromebooks and/or chargers, may be paid for during the June 13 ceremony or on Friday, June 12, at SHS between 9:00 and 1:30.  The fee to replace a lost Chromebook is $115, and the fee to replace a lost charger is $25.

Corporate Graduation Ceremony – June 12, 2:00 pm

Accessing the Ceremony

  • The ceremony will be accessed via our school’s YouTube channel as a YouTube Live event.

  • We suggest you go ahead and subscribe to our YouTube channel – “Salem High School – Home of the Spartans”

  • The direct link to the graduation ceremony is:  Please share this link to family and friends.

  • The video is set to “premiere” at 2:00 pm on June 12, and it lasts just under 90 minutes.

  • After it premieres, it will then remain on YouTube forever.

Graduation Caps

  • We encourage students to wear their graduation caps while watching the ceremony so they can participate in moving their tassels once they are declared graduates.


Individual Graduation Ceremony – June 13 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Appointed Times for Individual Graduation Ceremony
In order to decrease the number of cars arriving at the same time and reduce the time graduates and their families wait, please arrive during your allotted hour:

  • 10:00-11:00 Ahlers – Bradshaw

  • 11:00-12:00 Brauch – Crawley

  • 12:00-1:00 Cross – Gonzalez

  • 1:00-2:00 Grepiotis – Jones

  • 2:00-3:00 Kelley – Murphy

  • 3:00-4:00 Musgrove – Robertson

  • 4:00-5:00 Robinson – Stallard

  • 5:00-6:00 Staples – Wright

Students will not be participating in alphabetical order.  The assigned times designate the hour when the student should arrive.  Students will participate in whatever order they arrive within their allotted hour.

Students attending at their appointed time is essential for this event to run smoothly for everyone.  We know there will be some unavoidable conflicts.  If you have an unavoidable conflict and need to attend at a different time, please call our Main Office on Friday, June 12, between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:30 pm to inform us of your situation.

Student Dress for Graduation

  • Graduates are encouraged to wear caps, gowns, and regalia; however, they will not be required to do so.

  • If students choose not to wear a cap and gown, they should dress professionally.

  • Hint for wearing a graduation cap: Caps are meant to be worn parallel to the ground.

  • Graduates are encouraged to appropriately decorate their caps.

Processional: Entrance

  • Graduates and their families will enter the Salem Stadium Parking lot from Texas Street.  The Salem Police Department will be there directing traffic.

  • The queue will go from Texas Street across the parking lot to Memorial Park and then turn right toward the Civic Center Annex.

  • Please follow directions from parking attendants.

  • We encourage families to decorate cars festively.

  • A paper copy of the graduate’s name was mailed home.  Please place the graduate’s name facing out in the driver’s side front windshield.

  • Near the Annex, a staff member will come to the driver’s side window to provide instructions for entering the Annex.

  • All family members must remain in the car during the processional and graduation to comply with social distancing expectations.

Graduation: Inside the Annex

  • A staff member will meet your car to give directions to the graduate.

  • Families will remain in the car and the graduating senior, only, will exit the car.

  • Cones will mark where each car should stop so individuals in the car will be properly positioned to take their own photographs of the graduate at each station.

  • The senior will go to Picture Station 1 and have a picture taken by our photographer.

  • The senior will walk up the steps to the stage, cross the stage, and be handed their diploma.

  • The senior will go to Picture Station 2 and have a picture taken by our photographer.

  • While the senior is graduating, staff will approach the car from the passenger side:

    • To collect any items not already turned in.  (Chromebook, charger, textbooks, library books, etc)

    • To distribute a graduation gift from the school

  • The senior will get back into the vehicle, and the vehicle will exit the annex heading toward the front of the Civic Center.

  • In order for this process to run smoothly and efficiently for all 280+ members of the class, we will have 3 graduates and their vehicles inside the Annex at all times.  Therefore, we are asking families to bring 1 car per graduate.  More than that would not fit well in the Annex and could cause delays.

Recessional: In Front of the Civic Center

  • Weather permitting, there will be a photographer set up at Picture Station 3 in front of the Civic Center.  Families may get out of their cars to have pictures taken together.

  • The City of Salem LOVE sign will be near an exit in front of the Civic Center.  Families may get out of their cars here, as well, to take pictures while still following social distancing guidelines

  • We understand there will be a natural desire to congregate outside with family and friends.  While this is permissible, we must also abide by the legal limitations regarding the size of gatherings and assure proper social distancing guidelines are followed.

This is definitely a lot of information, and we’re sure there will be items that need clarification.  Please call us on Friday between 9:00 and 1:30 pm to ask questions or to let us know if your family has any special circumstances.

We’re looking forward to celebrating with you!

Scott Habeeb