Changes in Wallowa graduation ceremonies

WALLOWA – Graduation is just around the corner! Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Nez Perce Homeland Grounds (Pow Wow Grounds). With this date in mind, I wanted to make you aware of some formalities to ensure a successful completion of your senior’s high school career and graduation ceremony. 

As you might have guessed, this year’s graduation will look different from other years because of the COVD-19 pandemic. We are restricted by measures mandated by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-07, and the extension of Executive Order 20-14 in what we are able to do. In an effort to comply with these executive orders, vehicles are to be parked outside the perimeter of the Pow-Wow ground structure. 

Procedure:   Graduates and their families will park in the openings (one vehicle per/opening) of the Pow Wow ground structure and will be called out in order, yet to be determined, to receive diplomas. Graduates will walk around the inside of the perimeter after receiving their diplomas and return to their vehicles. No one will be allowed outside of his or her car or inside the perimeter of the Pow-Wow ground structure.  One parent will be allowed outside of the vehicle to take a picture of their graduate as they receive their diploma.

Requirements to Participation in the Graduation Ceremony:

Students must…

  • Complete all graduation requirements- 24 required credits (No exceptions)
  • Have no pending school discipline issues
  • Attend rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, May 14th . (No practice = No ceremony)

Reserving Parking for Graduation:  Students will draw for vehicle positioning on Thursday, May 14 during graduation practice. The drawing will determine what opening and row graduates will be parked.. 

Graduation Ceremony:

On graduation day (May 23), students need to meet in their parking position no later than 10:30 a.m. Graduation is a formal event and there are dress standards.  Boys need to wear a dress shirt and slacks, socks and dress shoes (no tennis shoes or sandals, etc.).  Girls need to wear a dress or dress pants/skirt and a blouse, and must wear appropriate dress shoes (no tennis shoes or flip flops). Students are not to alter, add to or write on their cap or gown in any way and may only wear school related honors/awards.   


At this time, all seniors have their caps and gowns. It is best to take them out of the bag and hang them as soon as possible.  Be sure to iron the gowns prior to graduation so that all students look their best.  Students are not allowed to alter, add to or write on their cap or gown.  

Scholarships/Future Plans/Transcript Request:

Scholarships and future plans are listed on the program and announced at graduation.  Please remind your child to complete forms that were handed out in senior seminar class and return them to Laina by Monday, May 18.  If your child is continuing his/her education after high school and they need an official transcript sent to an educational institution, there is a space on the form to provide the schools’ name and address.  Final transcripts will be mailed in June.  

On behalf of the school staff, I would like to congratulate you on your child’s success.  The staff and I are excited to see the next chapters of their life unfold.  If you have any questions, please contact the office at (541) 886-2951. The school staff and I are happy to help make this important event a special time for you and your family.