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Class of 2016 – Senior Class Bulletin

2016 Waukee High School Commencement Ceremony: 7 p.m. on May 23 at Drake Knapp Center, 2601 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311 – Doors open at 6 p.m.

For the third year in a row, Waukee High School will stream our graduation ceremony LIVE from Drake University’s Knapp Center! At this time the link will take you to the site that still has 2015 content. That content will change starting with Waukee’s ceremony on May 23.


We have provided the information below in order for graduation activities to proceed smoothly. Please contact Waukee High School (987-5163) should you have questions after reading this information.

  1. Students who have not successfully completed ALL graduation requirements will not participate in the graduation ceremony. All make-up work and incompletes must be completed by 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
  2. Diplomas will not be issued to any person having obligations with the school. Senior check out lists must be signed by all teachers you currently have for classes and activities, and returned to the principal’s office before your school obligation is relieved. Seniors not completing these requirements must be in attendance during regular school hours until all obligations are fulfilled.
  3. All seniors will attend graduation exercises and rehearsal unless you have permission from the principal. Please plan accordingly.
  4. The dates and times listed below is a summary of graduation activities. We ask that all members of the Class of 2016 to be in attendance and on time.

Graduation Activities

  • Monday, April 25 – Graduation caps and gowns available for pickup — 7:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Please contact the office if you have any questions
  • Wednesday, May 18 – Senior Awards & Scholarship Recognition – High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
  •  Thursday, May 19 –Last day for seniors who have completed all their obligations. The check-out process will begin May 18. The process must be completed to check-out. Thursday is a regular day of classes.
  •  Monday, May 23 –Practice for commencement exercises at Drake University, Knapp Center at 10:00 a.m. Students will provide their own transportation. You must be in attendance.
  • Monday, May 23 – Senior Picnic –12:00 p.m. at Centennial Park in Waukee (free & all seniors are invited to attend).
  •  Monday, May 23 – Commencement: All seniors are to meet in the Bell Center at Drake University with cap and gown at 6:00 pm. When seniors arrive at the Bell Center, DO NOT leave the area. All seniors are to remain in the Bell Center until it is time to enter the Knapp Center. Each person will need every minute to get ready. Honor medallions and cords will be distributed at this time.
    • The ceremony will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.
    • The recessional will lead the graduates to the Bell Center to receive their diplomas. Only graduates will be allowed in the Bell Center.

Note 1: Ladies should wear dresses for the graduation ceremony. These should not show below the graduation gown. Gentlemen should wear dress pants with a collared-shirt and tie under their graduation gown. Shorts are not permitted. Appropriate shoes are expected; flip-flops are not to be worn.

Note 2: Caps are to be worn square – two fingers above the eyebrows. The tassel is worn on the right side before receiving the diploma. After all diplomas have been issued, the Board President will ask the Class of 2016 to move their tassels to the other side.

Note 3: Commencement at Drake University’s Knapp Center is free to the public. No tickets are required.

 Directions to the Knapp Center:

  • Take I-235 east to exit #6—31st Street in Des Moines. Be sure you have passed the 63rd Street and 42nd Street
  • exits. There will be a sign just prior to the exit indicating Drake University.
  • Exit at 31st Street and turn left (north). Continue north until you reach University Avenue.
  • Turn right (east) at University and go approximately 6 blocks to 25th Street.
  • Turn left (north) at 25th  Street. Go three blocks and the Drake Knapp Center is located at the intersection of Forest and 25th. The Bell Center is attached to the northwest corner of the Knapp Center.
  • Parking is available in Lot #1 (25th  & Forest), Lot #2; Lot #3 (east side of Knapp Center); Lot #4 (north of Knapp Center)
560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701