We remain humbly committed to recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of the graduating Class of 2021. The plan included in this notification is in full compliance with the requirements established by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education. It has, in its entirety, been approved by the Shelby County Health Department.
In addition to the in-person experience, a radio broadcast of the ceremony will be aired on WSVZ Cruisin’ 98.3 thanks to the Miller Media Group. A professional videographer will also collect comprehensive footage that will be shared freely after its final composition. Listed below are the specific event details for your review.
Saturday, June 5, 2021
High School Football Field
7:00pm (the graduation ceremony will be moved to the high school gymnasium in the event of inclement weather)
Music and Sound Equipment provided by Sound Source Music Center
The BAND will play this year under the direction of teacher, Mrs. Charity Astrouski
Radio Broadcasting provided by Miller Media Group - WSVZ Cruisin’ 98.3
Professional Videography (provided)
Professional Photography (provided)
Please understand that full compliance is both expected and appreciated. This has required a considerable amount of coordination, and we have done everything we can to make this ceremonial experience possible for our senior level students.
There will be designated sections of seating for both students and spectators. Graduates will be seated at the center of the football field, and spectators in attendance will be allowed to sit within either the bleachers, or along the east/west side of the field. Spectators should plan to bring their own lawn chair. Within each section, individuals are encouraged to follow the social distancing recommendation of 6 feet of separation between individuals/families.
The Shelbyville School District is able to safely accommodate large groups within its facilities, and therefore, will not be placing a limit on the amount of guests that are allowed to attend this outdoor experience.
Use of PPE equipment, including mandatory face masks, will be required for all in attendance at the event. Students and event facilitators will be excluded from this expectation when upon they enter the stage area to receive their diploma.
IDPH reminders and recommendations for health and public safety will be posted for public viewing at the event.
At this time, diplomas will not be issued on the stage per ISBE recommendation. Seniors will be directed to pick up their diploma and their senior athletic poster at the school entrance area after they have been dismissed from the field.
NOTES FOR GRADUATING SENIORS - EVENT PLANNING
Scheduled pictures that will be taken on the day of graduation
Top Ten - Valedictorian & Salutatorian - Students of the Month - Student of the Year
Tassels should be worn on the left side. Students will ceremonially move their tassels to the right side during the ceremony.
Absolutely NO DECORATED CAPS. If you want to keep your specific cap, write your name on the interior somewhere. Keep in mind that you all will be throwing them in the air toward the end of the ceremony.
Seniors in National Honor Society will wear their NHS cords and a specialized tassel during the ceremony. There are no other cords or tassels that are approved for the ceremony without the prior approval of the building administration.
Seating will be assigned for all graduating students.
The Valedictorian and Salutatorian will give a speech during the ceremony. Both individuals have been informed of this responsibility.
A detailed sequence of events will be shared once it is finalized.
Specific groups that will be recognized during the ceremony
TOP TEN - STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - STUDENTS ENTERING THE MILITARY - VALEDICTORIAN & SALUTATORIAN
Junior Marshals will lead graduates during the ceremony.
Graduation Practice: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 | 10:00am