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Senior Class Information

Important Dates for the Class of 2018 

Seniors, the time has come to make this year memorable! Your senior advisors are on this journey with you and availalble to help.
Just a few notes:

  1. Please, scroll to the very bottom of this page. Beneath the calendar is additional information!
  2. Costs are estimates, and prices are subject to change.
  3. Parents, your involvement is important, needed and appreciated very much!

  • Senior Planning Night: September 19th, 5:30pm, SHS Auditorium. 

  • College Knowledge/Financial Aid Night: October 4th, 5:30pm, SHS Commons.

  • Fall Senior Class Meeting: October 24th, 2nd hour, SHS Auditorium.

  • Cap and Gown/Diploma order form: Due November 10th to room 230A.

  • Senior Photos due: November 15th, submit online here.
     Contact:, room 128.

  • Senior Class Officer Applications due: November 24th to room 230A.

  • Baby Ads due for Yearbook: December 15th,  order online here.
     Contact:, room 128.

  • Winter Senior Class Meeting: February 26th, 2nd Hour, SHS Auditorium.

  • Boat Bash/Senior Picnic Tix sold: April 30th to May 4th, all lunches.

  • All Night Party Tickets on Sale: May 14th - May 30th, All lunches, Commons.                                                                                                                                                  Contact: South Senior Party Committee:     

  • Senior Checklist Distribution: May 22nd, 1st-3rd hours, SHS Auditorium.

  • Boat Bash ($35/student): May 29th, 6:00 pm, Harriet Island West.                                                                                                                             Contact:                                                                                                                                                    
  • Senior Checklist due/pick up Grad Tix: May 29,30 and 31, Main Office.                                                                                                                      Contact:                                                                                                                                                  
  • Senior Picnic($5/student): May 31st11:00am - 3 p.m.
  • Last Day for Seniors: May 31st.
  • Graduation Rehearsal: June 1st, 8:30am, South High Auditorium.

  • Cap and Gown Distribution: June 1st, 9 a.m., Auditorium.

  • Graduation: June 2nd, 1 pm, Mariucci Arena, University of Minnesota.

  • All Night Senior party ($60/student): June 3rd, check-in 9:00-9:45 p.m @ South High.

Budget Planning: Seniors 2018

Below you will find a summary of costs typically incurred during Senior year. Optional events/costs are noted with an Asterisk*. Please note that all costs are estimates and subject to change.



Senior Fee: $35

The senior fee helps South offset the cost of the graduation event.

Caps and Gowns: $0

There is no fee for caps and gowns. They are provided to each senior free of charge.

Yearbook: $75*

Yearbooks can be purchased through the yearbook advisor. See for more details.

Baby Ads: $50*

Baby Ads are advertisements included in the Yearbook that can be purchased by families to honor their graduate. For more information please visit:

Boat Bash: $35*

The Senior Class Boat Bash is an annual South High tradition! Dinner is served followed by dancing during a Mississippi River cruise.

Senior Class Picnic: $5*

The Senior Class picnic will be held on the last day of school for Seniors. $5 buys a ticket for lunch, beverage and dessert. Seniors not wanting lunch are welcome to attend without a ticket too!

Senior Prom: $70/couple*

Senior Prom will be held in May.

*Optional Cost

Additional things to consider: Semi-formal attire for graduation. Senior Announcements may be purchased through Jostens. Students will also need to pay all outstanding media fees!


 Click on the link below for a google calendar of Senior Class events!



Graduation Information


  • Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota Campus is the site of the ceremony.
  • Tickets are required for every attendee older than 5 years of age.
  • Ten (10) tickets are available to each graduating senior. Lost tickets cannot be replaced.
  • Graduates arrange their own transpsortation to the arena. 
  • No school bus availability for graduates
  • Map and parking information can be found here: 

The 2018 commencement ceremony will be videotaped by Please read on for more information:

Production services for Minneapolis Public Schools graduation ceremonies are being provided by All graduations will play throughout the summer on MPS Cable Channel 15 and simulcast on the internet at . DVD copies of the program can be ordered

Video  2017 Commencement

21:14 Processional
29:11 Opening Remarks - Principal Aponte
32:17 America the Beautiful - South High Orchestra and Choir
37:22 Lift Every Voice - Antoine Ferguson
38:58 Ojibwe Traveling song - David Bezh Butler and Sydney Nelson 
42:58 Welcome -Principal Aponte 
44:50 Greetings from the Board - MPS Director Said Ali
46:50 Presentation of Valedictorian Medals - Assistant Principals Mercedes Reynolds, Michael Luseni
49:30 South High Rouser - Aaron Vanek, Class Secretary
51:05 Commencement Address - Kelly Barnhill '92
58:50 Teacher Appreciation Address -Sagal Muktar, Class Vice President
1:02:31 Class Address - Nadine Stodolka, Class President
1:08:11 Presentation of Diplomas - Class of 2017
1:44:47 Presentation of the Class of 2017 - Principal Aponte


Photo  Keepsakes

  • LifeTouch will take photos of all graduates during the ceremony.
  • Photos do not need to be pre-ordered.
  • LifeTouch will send proofs of photos to all graduates using the address on students provide to Lifetouch during the graduation rehearsal.
  • Please see an informational flyer at the bottom of this page for more information. You may also call Lifetouch directly at 1-800-505-9496.

                     Order past and current graduation photos.    

Cap and Gown Information

All seniors must complete a Cap and Gown order form. Most Seniors will complete the during the Fall Senior Class meeting with Jostens.

  • Obtain the form from Ms. Woldum in room 230A; or
  • Download from this site (see bottom of this page).
  • Completed forms should be returned to Mrs. Woldum or emailed to .
  • Caps and gowns are provided to each student free of charge.
  • Please note that South High does not allow any decoration of Caps or Gowns. Only school approved regalia may be worn at the ceremony.
  • Questions about Caps, Gowns or Diplomas can be directed to our Josten's representative at:

Senior Announcements, Apparel, Class Rings 

To order these items, please visit the Jostens Webpage at

Orders will ship directly to you! Please do not ship them to South High.

Boat Bash 

   This event's held aboard the Betsey Northrup docked at Harriet Island West in Saint Paul.

  • Maps to the departure point may be found at .
  • Tickets are sold lunchtime in the commons the week of May 2nd.
  • Tickets may also be purchased from Mrs. Woldum in room 230A.
  • Estimated ticket cost is $35 per student.

Senior Picnic

  The Senior Picnic takes place on the Last Day for Seniors! (see dates above).

  • Tickets are sold lunchtime in the commons the first week of May.
  • Cost is $5 per student.
  • Students will be responsible for their own transportation to the picnic site.
  • They may also be purchased from Mrs. Woldum in room 230A.

All Night Senior Party

Hello Seniors!  You are the guests of honor at the Senior All-Night Party. Plan to celebrate grad night with fellow graduates! This promises to be the best party yet!  You will be bused to a “secret location” the night of graduation, as the guests of honor.  There will be lots of food, music, swimming and other FUN activities to keep you busy all night.  Please also see the PDF invite linked to the bottom of this page for more info!

  • The cost is $60 each, so start planning now!
  • We would like EVERYONE to attend (scholarships available.)
  • Don't miss this fun night!
  • Check-in 9 - 9:45 p.m at South!


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South Families! We Need Your help!

We need many adult volunteers to put on the parent-organized all-night party for South graduates.  

  • WE NEED YOU!  

  • The party takes place at a "secret" destination graduation night, June 3rd and into the morning of June 4th.

  • Parents and Guardians of ALL grade level students (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors) are welcome, needed and encouraged to be part of this wonderful tradition. If you can help, please visit this link:

  • Email Questions:


 Prize Donations Needed

Part of the fun at the party is the prize drawings!  If you know of a business that may be willing to donate cash, gift certificates, or items for prizes, please contact Kathy Riggins at

Senior Party Co-Chairs:
Chris Oace,
Patty Bowler,

          PLEASE consider giving your time and energy to this fun, celebratory event.


Additional Information: 

See the counseling department for Information on:

  • Senior transcripts
  • Honor cord
  • Senior Checklists
  • Fines

Senior Pictures and Baby Ads questions can be directed to the yearbook advisor, Nicole Schneider. Yearbook website:

All other questions may be directed to Stephanie Woldum at or 651-560-5056.

Additional Information can be found in the documents below:

PDF Jostens Cap/Gown and Diploma Form   --  Please complete the form and return to Stephanie Woldum. If you have difficulty completing the form you may also email the necessary information to and I will complete the form on your behalf.
PDF LifeTouch Photo Information   --  Information on graduation ceremony photos that may be ordered from LifeTouch after the ceremony.