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May 4-8: CHS Mental Health Week featuring daily activities (Click HERE for more details)
May 8: Last Day for Seniors
May 13: Virtual Honors Convocation 7:00 p.m.
May 16: Virtual Graduation Ceremony 10:00 a.m.
May 16: Diploma Pickup Celebration 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
May 19: Jefferson Reverse Parade Honoring Class of 2020 (rain date May 20) for information see below – 4:30 pm
May 20: Renfro Reverse Parade Honoring Class of 2020, for information see below – 12:30 pm-1 pm
May 20: Twin Echo Celebration Honoring Class of 2020, for information see below – 4pm – 7pm
May 20: Summit Reverse Parade Honoring Class of 2020 (rain date May 21) for information see below – 5:30 pm
May 21: Webster Celebration with the Class of 2020, for information see below – 12 pm
May 21: Maryville Reverse Parade for Class of 2020, (rain date May 22) for information see below – 2:45 pm
May 22: Kreitner Celebration for the Class of 2020, for information see below – 11 am-12 pm
May 22: Caseyville Goodbye Reverse Parade with Class of 2020, for information see below – 11 am-1 pm
Graduation Week Activities
Honors Convocation May 13, 2020
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Collinsville High School presented the Class of 2020 Honors Convocation virtually at 7:00 p.m. in a live-stream on the CUSD 10 Facebook page and CUSD 10 & Tomahawk Studios YouTube channels.
Like 2020 Graduation, Honors Convocation mirrored the school’s traditional Honors Convocation ceremony. Students were recognized for achievement during the 2019-20 school year, including awards and scholarships earned. The event was hosted by CHS Teacher Mark Schusky and included remarks from Collinsville High School Principal David Snider and Superintendent Dr. Mark B. Skertich.
Virtual Graduation Ceremony May 16, 2020
Collinsville High School live-streamed a “virtual” graduation ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020 – the same time as the originally scheduled commencement ceremony. Family and community members watched on the CUSD 10 Facebook page, as well as CUSD 10 and Tomahawk Studios’ YouTube channels.
Much attention went into making the virtual ceremony as true to traditional CHS graduations as possible. Music was provided by the Kahok Band. Speakers included Board of Education President Gary Peccola, Superintendent Dr. Mark B. Skertich, Principal David Snider, 2020 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Albert Hrubetz III, CHS Student Council President Anna Weil, Class President Micayla Klein, Vice-President Paige Bauer, and top ranked seniors Claire Ross, McKenna Laing and Faith Liljegren.
In another nod to what is customary at CHS commencement, CHS Teacher Mark Schusky read the names of each student as they are honored with a personal moment of recognition.
Diploma Pickup Celebration
Following the commencement live-stream, the celebration continues as graduates are invited (alphabetically by last name) to drive through the CHS campus – in cap and gown – to pick up their diplomas, have a commemorative photo taken, receive a shirt from the 2020 Executive Board, and be celebrated by CHS and CUSD 10 faculty/dignitaries spread along the route.
Out of respect for social distancing rules, participation in the Diploma Pickup Celebration will be tightly coordinated.
- One vehicle per graduate is allowed to enter the campus through the NW entrance by Kahok Stadium.
- Graduates must be passengers in the vehicle – not the driver – to expedite the process.
- ONLY THE GRADUATE may exit the vehicle at the appointed time.
Each graduate will receive their diploma and have a professional photo taken by Kabance Photography. Everyone who participates in this portion of graduation will receive a class composite and individual 5×7 photo in the mail provided by CUSD 10. Kabance will also send parents photo options to purchase photo packages as offered in previous years.
Graduates in vehicles should arrive at NW entrance at the following times:
A – B: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
C – F: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
G – I: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
J – L: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
M – O: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
P – Sm: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
So – Z: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Collinsville Police Department is assisting with traffic control and other duties to ensure the Class of 2020 and their families have a respectful and safe experience. The public is asked to refrain from visiting the area surrounding Collinsville High School from 12:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. that day so our graduates can access the campus without difficulty.
Hometowns Honoring the Class of 2020
Communities Declare Saturday, May 16, 2020 is CHS Class of 2020 Day
The Village of Caseyville, City of Collinsville, Village of Fairmont City and Village of Maryville have issued proclamations declaring Saturday, May 16, 2020 as CHS Class of 2020 day in honor of this year’s Collinsville High School graduates. Click a link to view each proclamation: Caseyville – Collinsville – Fairmont City – Maryville.
Collinsville Chamber of Commerce Promotes Class of 2020 Spirit Week
Caseyville Hanging Signs to Greet Graduates
The community is displaying a big sign near the Bridge Inn so the graduates will be able to see it when exiting Caseyville into Collinsville. City Hall will have a special sign as well.
CUSD 10 Elementary Schools Honoring Former Students from the Class of 2020
Rules for CUSD 10 schools honoring graduates who are former students with a drive-by parades: Staff will be lining sidewalks and graduates are invited to drive-by in cars. GRADUATES MUST REMAIN IN THEIR VEHICLES. Nobody exits a car, keep cars moving, teachers will wave as you drive by. Please have your name on your car (passenger side). Wear your cap and gown.
Friday, May 22, 11 am-1 pm – 2nd and 3rd street – Staff members will line the streets of 2nd and 3rd Streets to wave good-bye and send well wishes. To participate in the parade, we ask that you head South down 2nd Street, turn right onto Washington and turn right again onto 3rd Street. You MUST remain in your vehicle but we encourage you to decorate your car, create signs/posters and help us celebrate. Graduating Seniors that attended Caseyville are encouraged to participate!
Collinsville Middle School
Details still to come! Check back! This is a new event for graduates who attended CMS.
Tuesday, May 19 (rain date May 20) 4:30 pm – Jefferson’s seniors can meet at the church and drive through Boskydells.
Friday, May 22, 11 am-12pm – Click HERE for information. Also includes presentation of Lickfield Memorial Scholarship presentations.
Thursday, May 21 (rain date May 22) 2:45 pm – Maryville grads are invited to join wearing a cap and gown. Put name on passenger side of car window. Nobody exits a car, keep cars moving, teachers will wave as you drive by.
Wednesday, May 20, 12:30 pm-1 pm – Line up on Golfiew and then drive down Camelot through the “long driveway” that’d be great. Please put your name on your car and wear your cap and gown.
Wednesday May 20 (rain date May 21) 5:30 pm – Summit’s seniors can meet at Willoughby and drive through as we stand in the parking lot in front of school.
Twin Echo Elementary
Wednesday, May 20, 4pm – 7pm – Graduates are invited to drive-thru during the end-of-year reverse parade celebration. Please put your name on the passenger side of the car.
Thursday, May 21, 12 pm – Webster alumni graduates will stand outside with staff (social distance apart) and cheer for 4th graders (who will drive by with families in cars). Click HERE for information.
Each member of the Class of 2020 will receive:
- A FREE Pass to athletic and fine arts events for the 2020-21 school year. (Distributed April 8, 11 and 12)
- Commemorative Class of 2020 t-shirt from the Class of 2020 Executive Board
- Individual 5×7 photo in cap and gown AND composite class photo (Taken at Diploma Pickup Celebration) courtesy of CUSD 10
Links for at-home celebration tips and tools:
- 25 Best Easy Graduation Party Ideas to Celebrate Your High School or College Grads/Good Housekeeping
- How To Celebrate Your Grad When You Can’t Throw A Party/Simplemost
- FREE Virtual Guestbook from Bravenet
- MyDigitalGuestbook (available for a fee)
Resources for Parents:
Public Announcement of Plans to Honor the Class of 2020
Honor your graduate with an ad in the Times-Tribune
On May 21, 2020, the Times-Tribune is doing a special section honoring the Collinsville High School Class of 2020. CHS provided each senior’s yearbook photo to appear in the special section. In addition, parents, grandparents, family or businesses have the opportunity to congratulate them with a small ad: for $30 you will receive a 2 x 2 ad size. If you are interested, please reach out to Bob Uhrig through Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for ad submissions is Friday, May 15, 2020.
Watch for the May 21, 2020 Special Edition of the Times-Tribune with a photo section honoring the CHS Class of 2020!
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