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Class of 2021 Graduation Information

May 13, 2021

Today we have great news to share as we look forward to celebrating the Class of 2021! We have been working closely with the University of Minnesota staff to finalize details for commencement. Due to the Governor loosening restrictions for events, the Class of 2021 will graduate at Mariucci Arena as scheduled on Thursday, June 10. 

Who:  All Lakeville graduates and their guests! Please note that there are no guest tickets this year. Our venue has requested a maximum of eight guests per graduate. This event is handicap accessible and venue ushers will assist with accessible seating. For anyone who cannot attend in-person, each commencement ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube. 

Where:  3M Arena at Mariucci at the University of Minnesota. Guests enter at the 4th Oak Street entrance. 

When:  Thursday, June 10

Time:  Lakeville South commencement begins at 5 p.m. Lakeville North commencement begins at 8 p.m. Doors open 60 minutes prior to each ceremony.

Student Transportation and Guest Parking 

Bus transportation will be provided for all graduates to 3M Arena at Mariucci from their school building. All graduates must ride the bus to the ceremony. Optional transportation will be provided for those who may need it back to school, however we do ask that students ride with their family home wherever possible. 

Guest parking is available on the north side of 3M Arena at Mariucci. Parking lot 37 and the 4th street ramp are recommended for guests. East Bank Campus Map 

Due to COVID restrictions, we will not be able to provide the family coach bus this year. 

COVID Venue Guidelines 

  • Per state requirements, face coverings are required at all times indoors for staff, students and all guests.
  • Per venue policy, guests will not be permitted on the graduation floor before or after the ceremony. 
  • At the end of the ceremony, graduates will be dismissed by row and recessed to their families via the venue or receiving area. Families should make plans prior to graduation about where they will meet after the ceremony. Once outside, graduates and their guests are asked to return to their vehicles and depart campus.
  • Any persons experiencing COVID symptoms, have tested positive, or are in quarantine are restricted from attending.

Cap and gowns will be handed out to seniors at school the first week of June. Additional year-end information will be shared from your high schools soon. 

End of School Year for Seniors

As previously shared, seniors will move to distance learning May 24 to decrease the risk of needing to quarantine and increasing the likelihood of being able to attend commencement in-person. However, seniors have the option to opt to remain in in-person learning through the end of the school year. For this option, families must sign a consent form to keep their senior in school through June 8 with the understanding that their student can still be identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case and need to quarantine, restricting their ability to attend commencement with their peers. Additionally, if your student develops COVID-19 during the last two weeks of school or is exposed outside of school, they will not be able to attend commencement. If you choose to go with this option, please fill out the appropriate online waiver by May 28.

*Students do not need to quarantine if they were exposed 14 days or more after being fully vaccinated or if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.

We are thrilled to honor and send-off the Class of 2021 in this format - all students together with their peers, family and our staff. Thank you for your support and partnership this extraordinary school year. We care deeply for the Class of 2021 and look forward to celebrating their achievements on June 10!