Information about the Class of 2024 Commencement will be posted in the spring of 2024. For updates on graduation, seniors and parents may visit this page you are on now: www.unionps.org/commencement.
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Congratulations to the Class of 2023!
For the first time since 2019, all of the seniors at Union High School were able to celebrate together in an outdoor commencement for the ages on Saturday, May 20 at Union Tuttle Stadium.
Reigning National Teacher of the Year Rebecka Peterson of Union High School asked seniors to focus on the U and everything it means to be a Redhawk, throwing the U to the crowd, as she spoke to the packed stadium.
Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler also spoke to the audience, as well as three valedictorians, and Principal John Chargois.
It was the first time since 2019 when all of the seniors were able to participate in a graduation ceremony after Covid-19 forced Union to be creative in how it celebrates graduation. Weather had also hampered previous celebrations, requiring smaller ceremonies to be held inside the UMAC.
Heavy rains on Friday, however, cleared up and Union was able to host commencement in the new stadium for the first time as seniors filled up white chairs on the football field. Families and friends filled both sides of the stadium and small outflow crowds flanked the northern portions of the stadium.
“You have been a remarkable class,” Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler told the seniors. “Time and time again your tenacity and work ethic have driven you to succeed and be your best. The legacy you have left through your teamwork and championships, your high levels of volunteerism, and your motivation to achieve has made your class highly respected and means that you are well suited for success after high school.”
If you missed the ceremony, you can see the ceremony and see all of the speeches as it was streamed live on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/live/yesL847daV0?feature=share
More than 530 pictures of the event have been posted to the Union High School Facebook page as well. https://www.facebook.com/UnionHighPTSA
Watch drone footage of the ceremony here: https://youtu.be/eCiaxIkxn9g
Congratulations grads, go do great things!
Appropriate dress for the graduation ceremony will consist of the following worn under the official gown:
Approved special recognition items include medals for valedictorians and salutatorians; stoles for Student Council Officers, Class Officers, National Honor Society, Early College High School Graduates, National Technical Honor Society; cords for the top 10% of the graduating class, community service recognition, and distinguished graduate recognition.
No other recognition or decorative items may be added to the graduation gown or cap. Students whose attire does not comply with these regulations may not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
Several days before graduation, the gown should be taken out of the wrapper and hung to let the wrinkles fall out. The mortar board is worn flat on the head. Tassels are to be worn on the right side of the cap before Graduation and will be moved to the left side as part of the ceremony.
DO NOT USE A HOT IRON ON YOUR GOWN!
The Graduation Ceremony is a formal occasion and appropriate behavior is expected. Noisemakers are not permitted during the ceremony. Any violations of these regulations may result in confiscation of the items or removal from the arena. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Families must have their tickets with them in order to enter the ceremony.
Transcripts and Diplomas
Final transcripts will be sent to colleges once they become available (typically around mid-June). Instructions for how to log into Scoir and how to request a final transcript can be found on the “Scoir” page in the College/Career Center course on Canvas. Questions regarding diplomas? Call the Registrar at 918-357-7204.