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LPHS Graduation 2022

One of LaSalle-Peru Township High School’s finest traditions is our formal commencement exercise. We know that you are especially interested in making the commencement exercise a memorable occasion. Your interest and concern are shared by the Board of Education who has adopted a commencement policy that will help us to continue this fine tradition.

This year's ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m. Seniors need to arrive by 6:15 with doors opening at 5:45. Seniors will line up with their homeroom teachers on the first floor. All graduates are to report to the Sellett Gym for graduation rehearsal on Wednesday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. If weather permits, commencement exercises will be held in the stadium. If the weather looks doubtful, an announcement will be made on radio station WLPO\WAJK, on all of our social media accounts, and through our ConnectEd information service regarding the location (stadium or Sellett Gym) of the commencement. 

Tickets will only be needed if weather forces the ceremony inside. As long as we are in Howard Fellows Stadium, there will be plenty of seats for our family, friends, and community members. Guests will sit on the east side ("home team" side) of the stadium. In the event that graduation needs to be held indoors, it will be in Sellett Gym at the same time, and tickets will be required.

Each senior will receive 6-7 tickets depending on how many spaces are available in Sellett Gym due to the size of the graduating class. Seniors will receive the tickets during graduation rehearsal. There is no cost for the tickets. 

Caps, gowns and tassels were ordered for all graduating seniors and were distributed a few weeks ago. Early graduates may pick up their set at the Greeter’s Desk. Please open the packet and check to be sure you have everything you need. Also, have your child try on the gown right away and make sure it is the correct size. If you need a different size, please call Mrs. Franklin, Principal’s Administrative Assistant, at 815-220-2720 or email her at It takes a couple of weeks to get these items so it’s imperative that you check everything right away.

Policy requires the graduate to follow the dress code contained in the Parent-Student Handbook. Additionally, we are asking you to urge your graduate to dress in a manner that is suitable for this formal occasion: shirts and trousers for boys; dresses, dress pants, or skirts for girls. Tennis shoes, T-shirts, shorts, and jeans are considered inappropriate dress. If the ceremony is held in the stadium, only shoes with flat bottoms can be worn on the turf. No high heels can be worn. Students are not allowed to decorate their graduation caps.

We feel it is extremely important that each student and his/her family and friends be able to hear the graduates' names as they are read. In the past an otherwise beautiful ceremony has been marred by yelling, name calling, whistling, and other disturbing noises made by a few people seated in the stands. This usually occurs as the graduates' names are being read. Please assist us by refraining from making disturbing noises and encouraging others to do so.

We suggest it would be best if pictures of the graduates were taken before or after the ceremony. GradTrak will take photos of each graduate as the diploma is received. These photographs will be mailed or e-mailed as a passport-sized photo proof, and you will be provided with the opportunity to select from a variety of photo packages, with no obligation to purchase.

As you study the commencement policies and procedures outlined on this page, you will notice they have one common purpose: to provide the parents/guardians and the graduates with a graduation ceremony that is not only beautiful but fitting--one in which respect and courtesy are shown to all--one that can always be remembered with pride.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your child’s impending graduation from LaSalle-Peru Township High School.  This is a very special time in the lives of our graduates, and we want to keep it special and meaningful.