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2019 Commencement Information | June 9th

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Dear Senior Student & Parent/Guardian:

This letter provides you with important details about Edina High School commencement for 2019.  A great deal of planning has been conducted to ensure that this will be a memorable evening.  Please review all information below carefully.  Parents may wish to save this information as a reference guide.

We are excited that this year’s commencement exercises will be held at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota at 7:00pm on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Message from the Principal Andy Beaton

Dear Edina High School Class of 2019,

It has been an amazing ride EHS! Through it all the class of 2019 has demonstrated hard work, perseverance and leadership. As we move closer to the commencement ceremony, I want to convey my sincere congratulations to this class.  

Since you entered the high school as sophomores, you have weathered change. This includes construction for part of your high school career, new teachers, a new schedule, a new principal and the addition of 9th grade students to the building. As a class you have endured these changes with grace while helping build an even stronger Edina High School.    

Parents and guardians, thank you for your commitment to your kids and to our schools. The tremendous scholars and leaders in the class of 2019 do not emerge by accident. It is a long journey and it indeed takes a village to raise a child.  

As we prepare to bid farewell to the Class of 2019, please review our expectations below as we close the 2018-19 school year. We wish you the best in all of your future endeavors and are so proud of you Hornets!  

  • Finish strong both academically and in your care of teachers, classmates and this building. How do you want to be remembered?
  • Vandalism, hazing or behavior (in person or online) that creates a safety concern may result in the loss of graduation ceremony privileges.  
  • The graduation ceremony is a dignified event by which the community is able to see the students that comprise EHS. Students who engage in actions during the ceremony that embarrass our school or your family, may be removed from the ceremony and will need to meet with EHS administration before receiving their diploma.  

We are very proud of our Class of 2019 and want you to finish in a manner that reflects your excellent career at EHS.

See you all on June 9th at Mariucci Arena where I will have the honor of conferring the high school diploma upon the Edina High School Class of 2019!  


Andrew Beaton, Principal


What: Edina High School Commencement


University of Minnesota Campus

1901 4th Street SE; Minneapolis, MN  55455

When:  Sunday, June 9, 2019

Student Arrival Time: 6:15 PM

Start Time: 7:00 PM

End Time: 9:00 PM (Approximate)

Commencement Protocol

Respect for others and following ceremony protocol is important. 

The celebration for students comes after the commencement exercise.  Parents and other guests should not use blow horns or other noise making devices at commencement.  They serve as a distraction to others and often prevent names from being heard.  Applause should be held until all class members have crossed the stage.  Security and police will be on hand. 

Commencement Practice, Cap & Gown and Yearbook Distribution

All seniors must attend the final senior meeting.  This will include essential information about commencement, the senior party, and a final credit check out with counselors on Friday, May 24th.  Seniors will not attend their 6th or 7th period classes that day so they can receive their caps and gowns in the afternoon. If there are any questions about caps and gowns, please contact Nancy Knutson,  If you are unable to attend on Friday, May 24th, caps and gowns will be distributed to any students/parent designees in the main office, but must be picked up by Friday, June 7th.  Please stop in the counseling department prior to picking up your cap and gown and plan for time to do a brief “check out” to make sure all obligations (fines, credits, etc.) have been met in order to graduate  Please log into Infinite Campus to check if you have any outstanding fines or missing items. Click here for a tutorial on how to look at and pay fines. Students awarded their honor cord at the Edina Scholar’s Banquet should be sure to bring and wear the honor cord at commencement.  We do not supply extra honor cords for students who forget to bring them.  At the conclusion of commencement, students will leave their gowns at Mariucci Arena in a designated place.  The company we rent from will be on site to pick them up.  The graduation cap, tassel, stole, and honor cord belong to the student.

Students can pick up their yearbook in the upper gym during all lunches.

Clothing Recommendations/Considerations

Graduation caps should be worn so they are parallel with the floor.  The tassel should hang over the right side.  It is recommended that you pin the tassel in place.  The tassel will NOT be moved from one side to the other during the ceremony.  Students are encouraged to wear dress clothes under the gown.  Please do not wear shorts or jeans.  Wear dress shoes, preferably black.  Students should not wear corsages or other adornments on the gown.  No messages are allowed on caps.  The cap and gown speak for themselves.

Commencement Tickets/Seating

One of the benefits to holding commencement at Mariucci Arena is seating.  Mariucci Arena can hold ALL relatives and friends who plan to attend.  Due to ample seating, no tickets will be issued for spectatorsThere is no reserved seating.  It is first come, first served.  Doors will open at 6:15pm and Mariucci Arena personnel will be on site to assist with seating.

There is no need to make pre-arrangements for handicap accessible seating.  Seats of this nature can be found throughout Mariucci Arena.  Please ask an usher at Mariucci to direct you to this seating.  Again, there is no reserved seating.  It is first come, first served.

One final note, a sign language interpreter can be made available if needed.  For those interested in this service, please contact Allison Du Chateau at  or 952-848-3146 by Friday, May 24th for a reserved seat in section 6.  If needed, an interpreter will be in front of section 6.  An usher will direct you to the appropriate area.  

Transportation to and from Mariucci Arena for Commencement

Members of the Class of 2019 are to find their own way to Mariucci Arena.  Students should arrive at Mariucci no later than 6:15pm.  It is important to allow plenty of time to accommodate for possible heavy traffic and to find a parking place.  It will be easiest if students enter Mariucci Arena through the main lobby entrance off Oak Street.  Once inside Mariucci, signs will be posted instructing students where to assemble.  Feel free to drop graduates at the main lobby entrance and then continue to parking ramps/lots.

Directions, Parking and Disability Access


From I-35W (Northbound):  Take the University Avenue/4th Street SE exit and turn a right on University Avenue.  Follow that until Oak Street SE.  Turn left on Oak Street.  Oak Street will curve to the left and you will need to take a right to stay on Oak Street.  Mariucci Arena will be on your left.

From I-35W (Southbound):  Take the University Avenue/4th Street SE exit.  Go past 4th Street and turn left on University Avenue.  Follow that until Oak Street SE.  Turn left on Oak Street.  Oak Street will curve to the left and you need to take a right to stay on Oak Street.  Mariucci Arena will be on your left. 

From I-94 (Eastbound and Westbound):  Take the Huron Boulevard exit.  Follow Huron until you reach University Avenue SE.  Turn left.  Take a slight right at Oak Street SE and then turn right onto Oak Street.  Mariucci Arena will be on your left.

From Highway 280 (Northbound):  Exit at University Avenue SE.  Turn left (west) and follow University Avenue to campus.  Take a slight right at Oak Street SE and then turn right onto Oak Street.  Mariucci Arena will be on your left. 

More information regarding directions can be found on the following website:


Public parking for Mariucci Arena is available for a fee on a first come, first served basis.  Recommended parking lots are lots 37 and the Maroon lot.  For more parking information and to view maps, please use the following website:

Access for individuals with disabilities:

Accessible entry can be found via the east and southwest power assisted entrances.  For your convenience, Mariucci Arena ushers will be available at the lobby for those needing special assistance getting to their seat. 

What to expect when you arrive at Mariucci Arena

As noted above, allow for plenty of time before the commencement exercise.  Arrive by 6:15pm.  It will be easiest if students enter Mariucci via the main lobby off Oak St.  Once inside Mariucci, signs will be posted instructing students to various dressing rooms to put on their cap and gowns.  Students are encouraged to leave valuable possessions or any amount of cash at home.  Student IDs are required for entry into the Senior Party.  If you are attending the Senior Party bring your student ID as it will be scanned for entry to the party. There will be no need for cash and while the dressing rooms will be supervised during the commencement, all students are encouraged to travel light. Edina High School is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 

Immediately BEFORE commencement starts

It is our plan to assemble students in the Mariucci staging areas in the appropriate arrangement to ensure they are seated correctly.  Teachers will be there to help students assemble.  This process is essential to ensure that the name read coincides with the student walking across the stage.  Students and participating teachers will enter Mariucci in ordered lines and will be seated in the designated sections on the main floor of Mariucci. 

Immediately AFTER commencement ends

Typically, the commencement exercise will last about two hours.  After commencement, students will proceed back stage to be bused to EHS.  Parents will not have an opportunity to see students after the ceremony.  School buses will take the graduates from Mariucci directly to the overnight party at the Edina High School. 

Students not attending the overnight party should meet parents in an area designated by the parent after the student deposits their gown in the designated boxes.

Students should refer to information mailed by the parents planning the overnight party.  These mailings will include pertinent details about the senior party.  You must bring your student ID if you are attending the senior party as it will be scanned to enter.  If you are interested in finding out more information, please visit


Diplomas are not handed out at commencement.  Students will receive only their diploma cover at commencement.  The actual diploma will be sent in June once it is determined that all final graduation requirements have been met that entitle a student to an EHS diploma.



Families are encouraged to take pictures of their graduate before arriving at Mariucci Arena as there is NO opportunity prior to or following commencement.  We suggest meeting with friends at Centennial Lakes, an area country club or church, or a family home.  We have arranged with Life Touch photography to take a photo of each graduate after they have crossed the stage.  An email notice will go out to inform you of when the proofs of photos will be available online. 

Click here for information about LifeTouch commencement portraits.

Video:  Bloomington Education Cable Television will be broadcasting commencement and selling DVD’s of the ceremony.  For more information, please go to their website at



Students can pick up their yearbook in the upper gym during all lunches.

All yearbooks must be picked up before June 7th. After this date, yearbooks will not be available to be picked up until teacher workshop week in August.