Class of 2020

Class of 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers of the Class of 2020:
Congratulations!  Your student is nearing the conclusion of their school career, and is about to embark on the next phase of life. [email protected] will celebrate the graduation of the class of 2020 on Saturday, May 16th.  There will be another graduation meeting for students and caregivers held at the high school closer to graduation, when we will distribute caps and gowns and other important information will be made available.  The details that are available now are listed below. 
At this time, Ms. Hatch and Ms. Jones have met at least twice with all members of the graduating class to discuss graduation plan progress, college applications and FAFSA or other post-secondary plans, and answer any questions they have had.  Your student should have completed the 2020 Application for Graduation which was due in early February. Your student should have attempted either the ACT or SAT at least once, preferably twice by now. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify.  Please see Ms. Hatch or Ms. Jones with questions.  It remains your student’s responsibility to complete and pass coursework, submit applications and request transcripts to be mailed.  The high school transcript request form is available on the TCS website under the “Student” tab or through the TCS School Counseling webpage which can be found under the “Student” or “Parents” tab on the main website.  College transcripts need to be requested directly from ODU or CSCC, and can typically be done through the student portal (ODU Online or Cougar Web).  Although there are several advisors working with students depending on his or her academic situation, Ms. Hatch and Ms. Jones are available to help families with college-specific questions, including Common App, FAFSA inquiries and transcript requests.  Students can set up appointments, email, or call their office as needed.
Graduation Fee:  there is a $100 graduation fee due Friday, May 1st.  Click here to pay the graduation fee online. This fee helps offset the cost of caps, gowns, the luncheon, venues, refreshments, photography, and program.  Graduation programs will be a keepsake item in which each student is featured on his or her own page.  There will be a professional photographer at the luncheon and graduation, and photos will be for sale through the photographer following graduation.  [email protected] will provide the family with a print of your student receiving his or her diploma.  Students earning the AA degree from Ohio Dominican will re-wear their ODU cap and gown for TCS graduation.
Tickets:  Seating in Matesich Theatre at ODU, the location for graduation, is limited and has been recently updated.  Students can expect to receive at least 5 tickets for graduation.  Children who are old enough to walk on their own without assistance will require their own ticket.  If additional tickets become available, students will receive them one at a time on a first-come, first-served basis. Current TCS students and TCS alumni can obtain tickets directly from the TCS front office.   Tickets will be dispersed at the graduation meeting where students obtain their caps and gowns. 
Diplomas:  In order for a student to participate in the commencement ceremony, he or she must have completed and passed all required coursework.  Students who are missing any credits will not be permitted to participate in the program.  If your student is in a position of needing to complete credits over the summer, or return in the fall, he or she may participate in the following May’s commencement (2021), but will not be able to participate this year.  Students who have not earned enough points on the OST may be able to participate in the May 2020 ceremony with some modifications.  If your student is missing points on the OST, please see Ms. Hatch or Ms. Jones to discuss how this will be handled.  If your student is currently enrolled in a CSCC course and that course is required for graduation, your student may not have his or her final grade prior to graduation because of CSCC’s semester schedule. If grades will not be available by May 10th, given the unique nature of this situation, we will require your student to obtain a current grade sheet that has been signed by the professor, and submit it to Ms. Wiedenhoft by May 10th.  If this form is not submitted, or does not indicate your student’s likely passing of this required course, he or she will not be permitted to participate in the program.

Honors Diplomas:  The distinction of graduating with an Honors Diploma is set by the state of Ohio, not [email protected]  In order to earn an Honors Diploma, a student must meet at least 7 of the following 8 criteria.  All of these criteria are indicated on your student’s transcript.
      4 credits of English
      4 credits of Math—1 credit MUST be beyond Algebra 2/Math III
                  courses beyond Algebra 2/Math III include Financial Algebra, Pre-Calculus, MTH 140, MTH 160, and MTH 240 at ODU.                   CSCC equivalents to Statistics, Pre-Calc and Calculus 1.
      4 credits of Science—MUST include 2 credits of advanced Science
      4 credits of Social Studies
                  Many ODU and CSCC courses count as Social Studies. See your advisor for details.
      3 credits of Global Language—or 2 credits each of 2 different languages
      1 credit of Fine Arts
      Cumulative high school GPA: 3.5
      ACT Composite of 27 or SAT Math + Reading Score of 1280


Friday, May 15th 1:00 PM: Graduation Rehearsal:  It is imperative all students attend graduation rehearsal.  Please ensure that your student requests time off work during this time.  The graduation ceremony is very involved, and they need to know where to go, how to get there, and when to do it.  The rehearsal is the only time they will have to practice!  Parents, you need not attend the rehearsal. Location:  Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre.

Saturday, May 16th

11:30 AM: Graduation Luncheon:  This event is for our TCS graduates to take the opportunity to enjoy a meal with their teachers and professors in celebration of their accomplishments.  Location:  Griffin Student Center, Room 260­. Students only, please.

2:00 PM:  Graduation Reception:  Families are welcome to join us for refreshments prior to the start of the Commencement Ceremony.  Location:  Erskine Hall, 2nd Floor.

3:00 PM:  Commencement Ceremony:  This is the formal ceremony in which students will walk across the stage and receive their diplomas.  Seating will begin at 2:30.  Location: Erskine Hall, Matesich Theatre.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you have about any of the events leading up to and including graduation day.

Lydia Jones can be reached via email at [email protected], Jane Hatch can be reached via email at [email protected] , and Allie Konet can be reached via email at [email protected]. All three can be reached by phone by calling the main office of The Charles School at 614-258-8588.

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