Tacoma Online Senior Update: April 18, 2022

To do's: Please complete ASAP if you haven't already

  • RSVP for graduation ceremony and tickets
  • Order cap and gown
  • Schedule senior meeting with your counselor
  • Mark calendars for Senior Checkout/Breakfast and Graduation Rehearsal
  • Want to be a speaker at graduation? See below

RSVP for Graduation
Before you know it, graduation will be upon us. TOL is excited to be planning our first-ever in-person graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at the Tacoma Dome. In order to plan to make this event special for all, I’m writing today to ask you to complete a short survey about your plans for our graduation ceremony. It’s a lot like an RSVP. Parent/guardian or student can fill it out. I appreciate your time in sharing your plans with us.

Complete the survey

Graduation Rehearsal

Graduates walking in the ceremony are required to attend the rehearsal for the ceremony. Graduates will arrive with their cap and gown at the Tacoma Dome at 8:00 a.m. The rehearsal will be done by 9:15 when the Tacoma Dome doors open. The ceremony will begin at 10 and conclude at 11 a.m.

Tacoma Dome Event Information

Learn more about TOL Graduation

Security Measures

  • Metal detectors at all entry doors (if you are unable to go through metal detectors, you will be subject to a pat-down search. Any guest declining to be searched will be denied entry)
  • Only clear bags are allowed
  • All bags are subject to search
  • No outside food or beverage
  • Weapons, including pocket knives, are prohibited

Parking

  • Audience and Graduates will park in lots A F, G, C, LeMay
  • Handicapped parking is available in lots D, E, K
  • Parking cost is $15 per vehicle for each graduation, fee is set and collected by City of Tacoma.

More details here: https://www.tacomadome.org/plan-your-visit

Want to be a speaker at your Graduation Ceremony? Here’s how

Graduating seniors are invited to apply to be a graduation speaker. We will choose 2 speakers for the event in a two-part process. Part 1 – write a speech and submit it to us. Part 2 – selected speakers will be invited to audition their speech in-person. Please consider stepping up to rep TOL, yourself, and your amazing class of 2022!

Learn more

Cap and Gown Orders
At each school, students attending walking in the graduation ceremony on 6/14 will need to purchase a cap and gown package from Jostens. If you’re planning to attend and haven’t yet ordered, you can do so at www.Jostens.com.

Senior Breakfast and Check-Out

We’re organizing a senior breakfast to recognize all of our TOL Seniors on Friday, June 10th from 9AM-12PM in the Quad room at the Tacoma Professional Development Center at 6501 N. 23rd Street, 98406. This is also when students will be signed off as ready to graduate and also turn in their TPS issued laptop and power charger. Mark your calendars to come on by on June 10th! If you need an ORCA card to get to this event, please emails Brandi Prestegard at bpreste@tacoma.k12.wa.us ASAP and we’ll get it to you.

Edgenuity Target Dates
In every school, Seniors finish their classes and graduate before the last day of school for other, younger students. Now that our graduation date has been set, we will be adjusting the target date for your classes to end on June 8. This will give our counselors and staff time to prepare all of the formal documents for your graduation. We’ll be making this change today so you might notice your Edgenuity pacing will slightly change as we’ve made your class a little bit shorter.

Senior Meetings
If you haven’t already had a senior appointment with your counselor, please do schedule this as soon as you can using the links below which go to their calendar where you can choose a time that works for you. Your counselor will review your path to graduation to ensure you’re on track!

Prema Higgins (last names A-L) - Schedule an appointment

Michelle Ha (last names M-Z) - Schedule an appointment

Thank you for your time and please, let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at peliot@tacoma.k12.wa.us

R. Paul Eliot

Secondary Assistant Principal