Senior Information - 2017-2018

GRADUATION SPEAKERS

Seniors interested in speaking at graduation can pick up a form in the main office or from Mr. Heimes.  Deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 13.

GRADUATION

Graduation is Sunday, May 27, at 4:30 p.m. at the Bob DeVaney Sports Center.  There are no tickets required  for this event, however, seating is on a first-come basis.

Please note that we are required to follow the Nebraska Athletics clear bag policy. Families will be allowed to enter with one (1) clear plastic bag. Below are the styles and bag sizes allowed in to the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  Link to University of Nebraska clear bag policy.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

ANNOUNCEMENT & CAP/GOWN DISTRIBUTION

Caps and gowns will be delivered to school in May and will be distributed to students after the senior meeting on Tuesday, May 22nd.  All students' fines and fees will need to be taken care of prior to students picking up their cap and gown and graduation.   A list has been posted for students to verify they have ordered a cap and gown in the front entry way on the trophy case.  If students need financial assistance with ordering a cap and gown, they should stop by the main office.

Order form for cap and gown

SENIOR MEETING, SENIOR BREAKFAST, SENIOR HONORS

On Tuesday, May 22, seniors will meet in the auditorium at 2:05 p.m. for the senior meeting.  Upon completion of the senior meeting students will be dismissed to pick up their cap and gowns.  On Wednesday, May 23, seniors are invited to the Senior Breakfast from 7:45 to 8:50 a.m. in the commons prior to taking finals.  Senior Honors is at 1 p.m. in the auditorium.  More information will be coming in a letter that will be sent out the end of April/beginning of May.

LUNCH ACCOUNTS

Seniors should monitor their lunch account balance.  If a refund is needed on their account, they need to contact the cafeteria prior to May 23rd.  Any balance left in their lunch account is absorbed by Nutrition Services.

IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

Immunization records for graduating students will be placed in their graduation packets.  Please keep them in a safe place for future reference.   It is also recommended that senior parents and seniors go into ParentVue or StudentVue and print several copies of their immunizations before graduation as seniors will need this for future use...college admission, employment, etc.  Once seniors graduate they will not be able to print their immunizations.

DIPLOMA FACTS

Students attending the LSW graduation ceremony will receive a blank diploma cover when walking across the stage. Providing all requirements have been met, the diploma itself will be given to them in a white packet AFTER the ceremony in the area where they waited prior to entering the ceremony. Students attending summer school will receive their diploma upon successful completion of summer school.

PLEASE DO NOT DISGARD THIS PACKET!! Not only does it contain the diploma, we have included the following:

Only 1 diploma is given to the graduate and cannot be duplicated. If the diploma is lost, the grad can request a Final Transcript which will have the graduation date listed.

All LPS 2018 graduate’s diplomas will list May 24, 2018, the last day of school, as the graduation date.

FINAL TRANSCRIPT FACTS

A Final Transcript is a transcript that has a student’s date of graduation listed. The student must request a Final Transcript be sent to the institution they will be attending. Sending a transcript to a college during a student’s final year that does not have a grad date does not fulfill the college’s requirement of a Final Transcript.   Many colleges will put a hold on future registration and/or financial aid if they do not receive a Final Transcript. Athletes are also reminded to request a Final Transcript for NCAA or NAIA—they, too, require a Final Transcript.

GoPo community service hours must be completed in order to graduate. In addition, to complete the college admissions process and to be awarded most scholarships, the Final Transcript must indicate this requirement has been met.

If a student knows where they will be attending college, they can request a Final Transcript anytime during the school year. Final Transcript requests will be held until year-end procedures are completed—approximately mid-June. LSW will send a Final Transcript to ONE college/institution—the grad does not need to pick up this transcript. Any PDF’s, additional or personal copies will need to be requested separately and picked up AFTER June 15.

LPS will send Final Transcripts electronically to the following colleges: UNL, UNO, UNK, SCC-Lincoln, Nebraska Wesleyan, Chadron, Peru and Wayne State. All other transcripts will be sent by US Mail. Because of the large volume of transcripts colleges receive in the summer, it may take up to 3-4 weeks for the college to process your student’s transcript.  

You can request a Final Transcript by going to the LSW website, Popular Pages, Transcript Requests. Or, the graduate can come to the Registrar’s Office and complete a Final Transcript Request Form. Final Transcripts will be available through Lincoln Southwest for 1 year following graduation. After 1 year, graduates will need to contact Student Services at the District Office to request their Final Transcript. A reminder to parents: Once a student graduates, parents can no longer request their transcript.

Request for Final Transcript form

SENIOR ACADEMICS REMINDERS

  1. It is YOUR responsibility, if you are transferring from outside LPS, to provide documentation regarding Honor Roll from another school in order to be eligible for LSW 7 Semester Honor Roll. Do NOT wait until the last minute to address this issue.
  2. If you are graduating early as a JUNIOR, please let Sapphire Munford (main office) know if you would rather be honored at the LSW Honors Convocation with the junior class, or if you would rather be honored at the Senior Honors Program.
  3. Any academic achievement awarded at the senior honors convocation and/or at graduation are based on a student’s GPA through their seventh semester. Academic achievements, such as Top 3%, are subject to change after the final semester grades are included in the overall GPA. It is important to remember that taking a lighter course load in your final semester could affect your GPA and academic standing.

Academic Recognition Information

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

As part of this class requirement, students need to fulfill 20 hours of community service. All seniors are required to take Government and Politics their senior year.  Seniors have until graduation to complete GoPo (Government & Politics) hours. However, if their hours are not complete by the time the class ends, they will receive an incomplete (Inc) on their report card. This means they will not eligible for Honor Roll/Letter/Pin/7 Semester Honor Roll. Below is a link with information regarding what qualifies for the 20 hours:   http://isite.lps.org/dhersh/webextras/gopo/

Due dates for Government and Politics volunteer hour