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Graduation 2018 Information

Commencement: May 27, 2018

Commencement ceremonies begin promptly at 10 am on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Our Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Northern Illinois Convocation Center - 1525 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115 (View Map* Updated with Spring 2018 Construction information). Seniors are asked to be at the Convocation Center no later than 8:30 am.  The commencement ceremony will be streamed live and can be accessed here. (link will be available in May)

Handicap seating may be requested at each entrance to the NIU STAFF. No reservation is necessary. One person can be seated next to your family member in the handicap area. Make sure to request folded chair if you are not in wheelchair. For Map of the conventional center click here.

LIVE BROADCAST/STREAMING: For those who are unable to attend the Graduation ceremonies at the NIU on May 27th, the Media Departments from Waubonsie, Metea and Neuqua will be broadcasting the graduation ceremonies live on the web. We will carry Waubonsie's, Metea's & Neuqua's graduation ceremonies in their entirety. LIVE link here: 

 Graduation DVD

Media Communication students from Metea Valley High School will be recording this year's graduation ceremony as a fundraiser for MVTV. The DVDs make a great gift for those family members who are unable to attend the ceremonies, or for those who would like to remember the day for years to come.There will be 2 opportunities to purchase a copy of the graduation ceremony.You may pre-order or you may order a copy at the ceremony on May 27th.

Graduation Practice: May 24, 2018

Graduation Practice is mandatory and will be held on May 24 at 9 am in the main gym. Graduation practice will last approximately 2 hours and seniors are expected to be in attendance for the duration of the practice. The Senior Outing will be held immediately following the Graduation practice. Seniors should arrive at Metea no later than 8:30 am. Indian Prairie Scholar cords will be issued to students at graduation practice.

Graduation Tickets

Each graduate will receive Ten (10) tickets for the Graduation Ceremony. Graduates will receive tickets at the graduation practice. For handicapped seating information, please visit the Metea website and click under Graduation Map.

Graduation Attire

All seniors participating in this ceremony MUST wear their graduation gown for the ceremony. Modest attire is strongly encouraged to be worn under the gown in honor of this special event. Females usually wear dresses and shoes with low heels. Gentlemen usually wear a white collared shirt, dress slacks and dress shoes. Gym shoes, blue jeans, flip flops, or boots will not be allowed. If students are not properly dressed, they will be sent home to change clothes or they will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Seniors please remember that the only accessory that can be worn on the graduation gown is the Indian Prairie Scholars’ cord. This is in keeping with past practice for graduation uniformity agreed upon by all of our high schools in Indian Prairie School District 204. Thank you.

Cap and Gown Information

Herff Jones will be distributing Caps and Gowns at Metea during the lunch periods on May 3rd and May 4th, 2018. No cap and gown will be distributed to students with outstanding financial balances. Herff Jones will also distribute caps and gown to students on May 25th, 2018 after the graduation practice.  This will be the last opportunity to collect your cap and gown. All outstanding fees to Metea and balances owed to Herff Jones MUST be paid in full on this date for collection and participation in graduation ceremonies.

Financial Obligations

All financial obligations with Metea need to be cleared with a zero balance prior to graduation. All registration fees, class lab fees, library fines, activity or athletic financial obligation MUST be paid in full prior to the Cap and Gown pick up on May 5th, 6th, and 26th, 2017. Students with outstanding balances to Metea Valley High School will not be allowed to pick up their Cap and Gown, or participate in the Commencement Ceremonies without clearing their outstanding balances.  Gowns must be returned to a Metea Valley worker at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Senior Awards Ceremony: May 15, 2018

Seniors will be honored with an evening ceremony on May 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm to acknowledge their numerous accomplishments and successes. Students are requested to be in place for line-up in the auditorium at 6:45 pm.  Scholarships will be awarded from the Metea Unified Scholarship Program along with departmental awards and commendations. Modest attire is strongly encouraged to be worn in honor of this special event. No gym shoes, flip flops or boots will be allowed. order to be acknowledged in the Senior Awards Keepsake Booklet, Seniors who are awarded scholarships must bring a copy of their award letters to Mrs. Dubois-Williams (Main Office) no later than April 23rd  at 3 pm.

Senior Finals: May 21 and 22, 2018

These are normal days that are NOT early dismissal. Students will be expected to attend their regularly scheduled classes.. Technology of DuPage students MUST attend their program classes at TCD during Senior finals.

Baccalaureate: May 23, 2018

The Baccalaureate ceremony is a non-denominational service of worship in celebration of to learning and wisdom. The Baccalaureate service for the graduating class will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7 pm in the auditorium. Friends and family are encouraged and welcome to attend. Seniors should report to the Main Entrance at 6:15 pm for lineup. All seniors participating in this ceremony MUST gown in honor of this special event. No gym shoes, flip flops or boots will be allowed.  Indian Prairie Scholar cords will be issued to students on this evening.

Graduation Day Pictures

Graduation Images will be photographing all graduates at the ceremony. Visit for graduation day diploma photo information. You can pre-register for pictures by clicking on "Pre-Event Email Registration." Enter your email and up to 6 other emails. Submitting information early ensures that photo samples will be proved to you and all others registered after the event. Get $5 off orders of $25 or more just by registering before the ceremony. After graduation, order online at or call 800.261.2576.


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