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Class of 2018

Dear Parents and Caregivers of the Class of 2018:

Thank you for attending the final graduation meeting for the class of 2018!  All of the details for activities surrounding   graduation are listed below.


Friday, May 18th
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 19th
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.  Allie Konet can be reached via email at or at 614-258-8588 and Jane Wiedenhoft can be reached via email at

or at 614-258-8588. 

Graduation Fee:  the $100 graduation fee was due May 1st.  You may pay it tonight if you haven’t already!  This fee covers 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.  TCS@ODU will provide the family with a print of your student receiving his or her diploma. Please see Ms. Konet or Ms. Wiedenhoft if you have not yet paid or need to make special arrangements.  

Program:  Students were asked to complete and submit an electronic worksheet, along with two photos, to be included in the graduation program.  It is a keepsake item for the graduates. Students were given multiple reminders via email and in person. If your student did not get this information to Mr. Spackman already, unfortunately it is too late as the program has already been sent to the printer. Students that did not submit pictures will be listed as part of the graduating class in the program.

Video:  Members of the Class of 2018 are compiling a commemorative video/slide show to be shown during the graduation ceremony.  Students were contacted via email and requested to send pictures.

Tickets:  Seating in Matesich Theatre at ODU, the location for graduation, is limited.  Families are receiving eight tickets tonight.  Children who are old enough to walk on their own without assistance will require their own ticket.  These tickets and any extra tickets available are being distributed tonight at the graduation meeting. Current students can pick up a ticket in the front office.      

Caps and Gowns:  Students are receiving their caps and gowns at the end of today’s meeting.  Students should dress professionally under their gown on graduation day, keeping fairly close to the TCS dress code.  Please, no jeans, as they will be visible during the ceremony.  To clarify what your student may receive in the package, here are the details:

=         Each bag contains one black gown, one cap, and one gold tassel.  Please remove the gown from the bag to let the wrinkles release before graduation!

=         White cord:  this cord is for students who have met the Ohio Department of Education requirements for an honors diploma.  All students have had their records checked to confirm if they will meet the criteria for this cord, and those who have met it will receive this cord tonight.

=         Note to Students Earning the AA from ODU:  You will re-wear your ODU cap, gown and tassel for TCS graduation, with the addition of your gold TCS tassel on your cap.  If you have earned the honors diploma, you will also wear your white cord for TCS graduation.

=         Students in NHS will also received cords that can be worn at graduation.

A note about transcripts:  It remains your student’s responsibility to complete any outstanding college and scholarships applications and request transcripts to be mailed.  The transcript request form is available on the TCS website under the “student” tab.  This form is the ONLY way to request transcripts, and we need at least two weeks to fill all transcript requests.  Final transcripts including a graduation date will begin being mailed mid-June.   

Have a Heart

The Graham Family of Schools, will be celebrating Have a Heart, an annual fundraiser and auction.  This event brings together board members, school families, community partners, friends, and advocates of all three schools -- The Graham School, The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University, and Graham Elementary and Middle School -- to raise important funds for the schools and the students whom we serve. Please plan to attend this special evening!

The proceeds from Have a Heart directly benefit our programs in multiple ways, including critical operating support.  Please consider donating items or services to the silent auction. We are looking for a variety of items; gift cards, spa services, jewelry, clothing, art pieces, household items, etc. Click here for a request letter and form.

Please contact Jennifer Waddell at (614) 258-8588 or with any questions.
Thank you for your support!
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