It is a very exciting time of year when Bethel Park High
School Class of 2019 will soon be completing their secondary education. To assist the families during this very busy
time of year, we have included a year-end calendar of events that reflects
activities which are important to your son/daughter. Receipt of this informational letter does not
confirm that your son or daughter has met graduation requirements as mandated
by the Bethel Park School District (final satisfactory grades and credits
earned must be taken into consideration), but is intended to inform you of the
calendar and the responsibilities of the seniors as the school year comes to a
Commencement will be conducted in the Bethel Park High
School Gymnasium at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8. The doors will be opened at 8:30 a.m. for
ticket holders (each graduate receives 6 tickets). Non-ticket holders will be admitted at 9:30
a.m. Seating may be secured on a first
come, first serve basis. Commencement
is a very important and solemn occasion and we ask that it be treated as such
by our graduates and our guests.
The following guidelines are set forth to assure a memorable
commencement for everyone involved:
- All seniors who qualify for graduation are encouraged to
participate in commencement exercises.
- All seniors are required to attend 2 graduation practices
(May 31 & June 3) to be eligible to walk in graduation. (Only the head
principal may excuse with prior permission.)
- Appropriate attire must be worn under the academic gowns. (This will be discussed at a grade level meeting with seniors.) Shorts, sneakers, men’s sandals and blue jeans are not to be worn. Men are to wear a buttoned shirt with a collar and dress pants with dress shoes (neck ties are not required but welcomed). Ladies are asked to wear a dress that does not protrude below the level of the graduation gown. Students will not be permitted to participate if they fail to comply with appropriate standard for such a formal occasion. ONLY NHS & Honor Cords to be worn with cap and gowns (no decorating top of caps, and no other medals or cords issued from individual subjects) at graduation ceremony.
- Bethel Park High School takes a strong stand with any student who appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or who demonstrates poor judgment or whose conduct is dangerous or indefensible. The school reserves the right to prohibit that student's participation in Commencement, as well as in other various listed functions, and to withhold the diploma and release of academic records until all related discipline and obligations have been served.
- Special note: If a
student demonstrates inappropriate behavior during the ceremony, he or she will
be removed from the proceedings and will forfeit the privilege to participate
in this event. Appropriate discipline
will be administered and the diploma will be held until the discipline has been
The graduation ceremony and the various events surrounding
the final exercises are the embodiment of student preparation for adulthood and
post-secondary education. The
significance of this period in the school year cannot be overemphasized. We congratulate you and your senior upon
his/her completion of their secondary schooling and look forward to sharing the
closing activities with our graduates. Thank you for your continued support. Best wishes to our graduates!
Dr. Zeb Jansante, Principal
SENIOR CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2019
April 17 Senior Exit Survey – Extended Homeroom in Cafeteria – Bring Chromebooks (required for graduation)
April 23 Senior Assembly with Dr. J to review end of year (required, in order to walk in graduation)
May 10 Mandatory Prom Meeting – 10:00 -10:30 AM – Rules and Regulations will be discussed. (required for graduation)
May 10 PROM – Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel, 300 W Station Square, Pittsburgh PA 15219. Check-in begins at 6:15 PM. Anyone who does not check in by 7:00 PM will not be allowed to attend the prom. On the day of prom, all students going to prom are dismissed at approximately 10:30 AM with parental permission (forms are found in the prom packet). Students must register when they enter the venue, and must have had the early release forms signed by a parent/guardian in order to leave before 11:00 PM. The school cannot be responsible for the students once they leave, and students/guests will NOT be permitted to return. In accordance with state law, seniors with junior driver’s licenses are restricted in their driving privileges. All students going to prom must attend school until completion of the 10:00 AM prom meeting on Friday, May 10. Dr. Jansante (412)760-9426
May 15 – 17 Senior Chromebook return
May 17 Library Materials and all other obligations are to be satisfied, which are due from seniors.
May 18 All senior obligations must be cleared prior to May 18. Caps and gowns will not be distributed to any senior who still has an outstanding obligation to the school. If you need verification about your senior owing an outstanding obligation, please call Mrs. Pieczynski at 412-854-8514.
May 20 Senior Send-Off – 5:00 PM - Attendance will be taken.
May 21 - 29 Final Exams
May 24 Kennywood Ticket Sale - 11:00 AM-1:00 PM in Cafeteria, $28 cash or money order only, NO checks.
May 27 Memorial Day School is Closed
May 29 Senior Awards Assembly – High School Auditorium – 6:30 PM
May 30 Final Exams Make-up
May 30 Locker Cleanout
May 31 First Day Graduation Practice – 8:30AM – Seniors report to Auditorium
June 3 Second Day Graduation Practice – 10:45 AM – Cap & Gown Distribution – Seniors Report to Auditorium
June 4 Last Day of School for All Students
June 6 Baccalaureate – High School Auditorium – 7:00 PM. Campus Life is coordinating the Baccalaureate, which is on a voluntary basis for any senior who wishes to participate. If you would like to participate, please arrive at 6:45 PM in the high school cafeteria with your cap and gown.
June 8 Commencement – Bethel Park High School Gymnasium – 10:00 AM – 6 Tickets per graduate. Doors open at 8:30 AM. Graduates report no later than 9:00 AM. Visitor seating may be secured on a first come, first serve basis as follows: Seating for Ticket Holders - 8:30 AM. Seating for Non-Ticket Holders - 9:30 AM
June 14 Kennywood School Picnic