Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Celebration

Class of 2020 Graduation Information

  • Apollo Class of 2020 Congratulations Apollo Class of 2020!

    May 29 Graduation Celebrations:                                                                                   

    • 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Electronic Slideshow Billboard Tribute:

      A digital slideshow tribute to our seniors will play on billboards each graduation day from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. to honor the Class of 2020 and their hard work. The billboards are located at 33rd and Division and across from Crossroads Mall by Best Buy. Tech seniors will be celebrated all day May 28 and Apollo seniors will be celebrated all day May 29. Please note that the rotation of slides for the entire senior class will take approximately 40 minutes. Student photos are organized alphabetically by FIRST NAME. We caution everyone to be aware when driving and not stop or try to park on Division Street.

    • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Celebratory Vehicle Parade:

      We invite all seniors and their immediate families to participate in a celebratory parade to say goodbye to staff and pick up their diplomas between 4:30-6:30 p.m. on May 29 at Apollo prior to the virtual graduation ceremony.  Remember, students must return their laptops, textbooks, and any other school materials prior to receiving diplomas. 

      • Since your health and safety is our top priority, please assist us in keeping students, families, and staff safe by following these expectations:

        • From 44th Ave. N, turn into the Apollo High School entrance closest to the pond/soccer field (also the South end of the bus chute).
        • Proceed straight ahead and follow staff directions to the first station where you will pick up a virtual graduation program, letter from Mayor Kleis, and a goodbye gift from Apollo staff.
        • You will then be directed to pick up your diploma and honor chords, if applicable.
        • Staff will then direct you to enter the parade route around Apollo school grounds.
        • At the end of the parade, you may pick up your previously purchased yearbook, if you have not already done so, at the end of the parade. Staff will direct you.
        • Vehicles should proceed slowly and steadily along the parade route without stopping.
        • To eliminate distracted driving, a family member must be driving the vehicle, not the senior student.
        • Only household members may be inside each vehicle. Carpooling is not permitted.
        • Students and families must remain inside the vehicle at all times.
        • To allow all seniors to participate, please drive the parade route only once.
        • If you are unable to attend the parade, your diploma will be mailed to your home.

         

        Additional  information:

        • Students/families may decorate their vehicles with signs and decorations. We will be hosting a vehicle decoration contest for those who choose to participate.
        • Students are encouraged to wear their cap and gown to the parade, but it is not required.
        • KCLD will live broadcast the event. Family and friends can tune into 104.7 starting at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the parade to join remotely or while you drive the parade route.
        • Photos and video will be taken of the event. These will be made available for viewing after the ceremonies on our website and featured on social media.  Please note, professional photos will not be taken of each senior because all students must remain inside the vehicle.
        • The parade will proceed as scheduled, rain or shine!
        • Note:  44th Ave will be closed at the North and South ends to thru traffic. 

     

    • 7:30 p.m. - Virtual Graduation Ceremony: The Virtual Graduation Ceremony will air at 7:30 on the district and Apollo websites and on Channel 179. We will make the ceremony available on YouTube following. The virtual graduation ceremony will involve as many of the traditional elements of a graduation ceremony as possible. It will include speeches from our senior and faculty speakers, principal, Board of Education and Superintendent Jett, and possibly a few surprise guests. The ceremony will also include music from our own ensemble groups. We will read aloud each student's name and the senior's photo will appear. The graduates will appear in alpha order by last name. Electronic “invitations" that families can share with others so they can join in the virtual celebration are available below.

     

    • Lighting of the Water Towers: The City of St. Cloud will light the water towers in Lincoln Park and by Highway 94. The towers will be lit in red and blue on May 29.
    • Photo Opportunities

      We will have a photo backdrop set up on each school’s grounds the week of June 1.  This backdrop is provided for families who wish to take their own photos.  Please follow social distancing guidelines.

    • Mayoral Proclamations in Honor of Graduates

      Mayor Kleis is issuing proclamations recognizing May 28 as Tech Tigers Day and May 29 as Apollo Eagles Day in honor of our graduating Class of 2020.  Please tune in to his daily and weekly broadcasts the week of May 25 to hear these announced.

    Additionally, we have reserved the River's Edge Convention center for July 17 to bring our seniors and families together again if health and safety guidelines permit.

    PDF Invitation: Tp be sent as and attachment with a personized note from you.

    Social Media Images: To be posted on students/parents social media accounts.