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Graduation Info! Letter from Principal Norman Bell

Graduation Info! Letter from Principal Norman Bell

Dear Families of the Graduating Class of 2023,

We are at an exciting time for our seniors as we begin to prepare them for Graduation 2023, scheduled for Friday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Dennison Field here on the SAVHS campus. As you can imagine, there is a lot of work and planning that will take place over the next few months by both the school and families. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with more information while you and your student plan and prepare for graduation.

Advanced Placement tests are scheduled for May 1 through the 12th. Students have registered for their AP exams. The AP test fee can be paid online via Skyward. More information regarding testing dates and locations will be provided later this spring by your student’s AP teacher(s).

Seniors who are in need of credits may earn credits through our ALP or an out of district credit-recovery program. Students will need to have make-up credits completed and submitted to their counselor, Ms. Berndt(Last Name N-Z) or Ms. Edwards (Last Name A-M) by May 31st at 3:00 p.m. If, for some reason, a student has an incomplete transcript, for example PSEO credits not completed, they will only receive a copy of their diploma when their counselor receives the results from the other school. Please contact the counseling office with any questions at 612-706-1104.   

The 2023 Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, June 5, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. In the past, over 100 students have applied for the local scholarships. All friends and relatives are welcome as we award nearly $40,000 of local scholarships to approximately 50 of our students. Additional awards and recognitions will also be presented. Look for information on applying for local scholarships at the end of March. We encourage our students to apply for these local scholarships to assist in subsidizing post secondary educational options.

Graduation caps and gowns measurements have been taken and ordered. Please note that the school covers the cost of the cap, gown, and school tassel. If your child qualifies for an honors tassel and/or honor cord, you will be informed of the cost and details on purchasing these tassels/cords as we get closer to graduation. Please note that the honors of Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude, will be based on the cumulative GPA after the 1st semester. Details outlining credit requirements and honors information are posted on the 2023 Google Classroom. 

We are changing the setup of graduation on the field to allow for more spectators. This new plan will allow for eight tickets per graduate –  five blue tickets to sit in the home section of the stadium and three white tickets to sit in the visiting section. (The indoor/rain back-up plan will be similar with five seats in the gym and three in the overflow viewing in the auditorium.) How each family decides to use those eight tickets is up to them. To make viewing the ceremony from both sides easier, the stage will be set up on the 25-yard line on the south end of the field. 

In order to plan this event, we have some questions we’d like you to answer. Please click here to fill out this Google form at your earliest convenience. It asks for how many tickets you will need. This will allow us to hold a lottery for extra tickets if a larger family needs more than eight. This needs to be filled out by March 31, 2023 in order to plan.

The school is not responsible for planning the Senior Night Party. Information for that will be coming soon on announcements and social media through parent volunteers. If you have any questions on how to stay informed about this event, please contact Bobbi Evans at

The last day for seniors is Tuesday, June 6, 2023. More details about rehearsal and other end-of-year schedules will be announced soon. 


Norman Bell

St. Anthony High School Principal