Please remind your senior student the importance of following school guidelines to avoid disruptions in these final hours of their high school career. We expect them to respect other students who are still wrapping up their year by leaving quietly these next two days. This has been an incredible group of seniors to work with and I know they will leave on a positive note.
Friday, May 18, at 12:20 pm should be the end of your senior's required attendance unless they have already left from exemption. Seniors will be asked to leave campus after that time and may only return if they have an emergency need from one of our offices or have an appointment with a staff member.
The 2018 Eureka High School Commencement Exercise will be held Thursday, May 24, 7:00 p.m. at Chifetz Arena on the SLU campus. The address is 1 S. Compton Avenue, St. Louis MO 63103.
Chaifetz Arena has a free, first-come, first serve, parking garage on the north side at the corner of Compton/Olive. There will be an elderly/handicap drop off lane going south on Compton on the east side of arena. You may also receive elderly or handicap shuttle service to the arena from the Compton/Olive parking garage on the west lower end (Channing entrance). Refer to http://www.thechaifetzarena.com/parking_directions/ for information of venue and additional free parking.
Harris Stowe has a parking lot across Compton that is nearer to the arena. However, they will charge for parking at this lot. You are not required to use that lot unless you desire - it is not associated with Chaifetz Arena. There are nice grounds surrounding the arena for family pictures prior to arrival deadline if the weather is good.
Graduates will need to report to the staging area no later than 5:30 p.m. Their entrance is a special door under an awning on the west side of the stadium, opposite side of Compton. Please take all photos with your graduate PRIOR to the ceremony. Families are not allowed on the floor of Chaifetz Arena for pictures and graduation gowns are turned in at the conclusion of the ceremony. Caps and tassels are seniors to keep. If your son/daughter has not received their new 'matching' cap yet, they can retrieve it from the senior office til graduation or we will bring it down to the ceremony for them to obtain.
No tickets for guest entry are needed. We ask that each student keep their guest list to between 6 to 10 people but you may go over that amount. Seating is first-come, first-serve. Doors to Chaifetz will open at 6:00 p.m. for guests to enter.
Chaifetz Arena is handicap accessible. Please see a Chaifetz usher upon entering the arena and they will escort you to the seating area.
We ask that all graduates dress in appropriate attire under their gowns in respect of the occasion. We ask that seniors do not wear flip-flops, old sneakers, and/or old jeans. We expect our seniors to wear appropriate clothing.
We have experienced stormy weather past graduation days which can delay arrival. Besides this factor, MODOT shows construction on HWY 44 on both sides near Maplewood/Shrewberry area which could slow down your arrival time. http://www.modot.org/stlouis/major_projects/documents/I44StLouisCounty-2.pdf Please advise your graduates to leave for the ceremony in plenty of time to avoid these delays.
We also advise seniors if rainy weather is forecasted or in the area, to either carry their gowns separate or cover themselves to avoid discoloration of their gowns prior to the ceremony.
We are still trying to clear up senior fines. If your senior has been posted with a fine or did not return a recent textbook or equipment, their diploma may be held Thursday evening till it is straightened out with the school. If you are concerned about this matter, please call Diana Miller at 636-733-3123 for more information on fines.
We hope all senior families enjoy this ceremony. Please call Laura Pacino at 636-733-3121 if we can be of any assistance prior to the event.
Photos will be taken by Inter-State Studios
Inter-State will be taking photos of our senior receiving their diplomas. They also plan to snap a photo with diploma cover prior to graduate walking across the stage. Please see attached information for pre-registration of graduation photos.
EUREKA SENIOR GRAD PHOTO PRE-REG 2018.pdf
Copy Cat Video
Copy Cat Video will be recording the ceremony. The CD order form is attached.
2018 Eureka CopyCat order form.pdf