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May 19, 2023

Message to Seniors & Families from Dr. Urich

Ankeny Centennial High School Seniors and Families,

We are in our final days and hours leading to Commencement!  Below are important reminders and expectations.

Between now and June 3:

  • Senior Calendar
  • As a reminder, you must be in good standing in order to participate in the ceremony on June 3, defined as follows:
    • Academic Enrollment: If a student is enrolled in 6 credits and PE and has met the academic graduation requirements, they are eligible to participate in commencement.
    • Discipline: Senior students are subject to all expectations for student conduct outlined in building handbooks and board policies including but not limited to Student Conduct, Good Conduct Rules, and Student Attendance. Principals will annually advise students that behavior like “senior skip day”, senior pranks, initiations, or other similar misconduct is not exempted from the expectations in this policy. Students who fail to follow the District’s expectations may be subject to disciplinary action and could be prohibited from participating in commencement.
    • Fines/Fees: Parents are able to view their student’s fees/fines balance using the In-Touch system. Students are to have all outstanding fines paid in full prior to commencement or have a plan in place with the district. Payment may be made online, in person using a credit/debit card, or by contacting Dallon Christianson at the district office at 515-965-9600 ext. 57124.
  • Commencement practice begins at 8:15 on Thursday morning, June 1st. Breakfast will be provided by our Student Council in the cafeteria when you arrive, then we’ll transition into the gymnasium. Attendance is required.
  • REPEAT from an email on April 10:  Linked here is important information from our commencement photographer. Action is needed on your part: Centennial Commencement Photography Information

Commencement is on Saturday, June 3, at 10:00 a.m. at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

  • Seniors are to arrive at Hilton by 9:00 a.m.
  • For those unable to join us in person, you are invited to celebrate with us by watching the livestream at this link:
  • We have received a few questions regarding what medals and cords can be worn during the ceremony.  Commencement is a ceremony where we celebrate the Centennial Class of 2023, therefore, it is expected that we dress in a unified fashion. The approved cords and medals are those received formally at Centennial and recognized in the Commencement program:
    • Medals: Academic recognition, Spirit of the Jaguar, and, Seal of Biliteracy.
    • Cords: Top 5%, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, French Honor Society. National Art Honor Society, Quill and Scroll Society, Silver Cord Award, and. Mentors in Violence Prevention.
  • Please know, you may wear other cords and medals outside of the commencement ceremony for pictures with loved ones, and you should certainly display them at your graduation open house as this is a time to celebrate your individual accomplishments. We look forward to presenting as a unified class at Hilton, demonstrating our school pride one last time together.

Parents/Guardians, you will receive a more detailed email with information highlighting important commencement reminders for seniors. Check your inbox for this information on June 1 after rehearsal. I want to make sure you are in the loop!  We are in this together.

I look forward to celebrating the Class of 2023 with you!

Dr. Jill Urich