Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2021
Rochester Public Schools

RPS shares a quick message on graduation plans for Century High School, John Marshall High School, and Mayo High School.


Dear RPS Families :

We are looking forward to our graduation ceremonies on June 5! We have two important updates regarding our graduation ceremonies. They are:


Our ceremonies will be live streamed on the following channels at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM on Saturday, June 5.

Ceremonies will also be available for playback on the District’s YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/ISD535). Further communication when the playbacks are available will follow.


The District will be following the Minnesota Department of Education guidance regarding masking. This means, masks are strongly encouraged for those that are not vaccinated. It is not required that attendees or our graduates wear a mask. However, anyone who wants to wear a mask may certainly do so. Masks will be available at our school for anyone needing a mask. More information can be found by review the universal guidance for all businesses and other entities.

We look forward to the final week before our graduation ceremonies. Thank you all for your patience and support this past school year.


Dear RPS Families,

We know that you and your senior are anxiously awaiting news of graduation. Today, we are pleased to share our plans for graduation with you.

 Last week, Governor Walz announced that the state of Minnesota will be relaxing indoor restrictions beginning May 28.  Shortly after this announcement was made, school districts received a second communication from the Minnesota Department of Education that included many continued restrictions that are specific to schools, including protocols for graduation ceremonies following the MDE Safe Learning Plan guidance for indoor venues. Since then, we have been working to determine what we can safely provide for a graduation ceremony while following these guidelines.

Prior to Governor Walz’s announcement last week, we had been planning to host three separate graduation ceremonies on June 5 and, following the state’s protocols for graduation, had planned to allow two guests per student.  Under the newly-revised protocols for graduation ceremonies, we will continue to offer three graduation ceremonies on June 5.  However, we are now able to allow up to six (6) guests per student.

Graduations will be held at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM on June 5 in the gym. Students will be able to choose which ceremony they wish to attend and we will be able to allow up to 150 students per ceremony.  

Students will receive a link to sign up for the graduation ceremony of their choice on May 17, using Sign-Up Genius. Each ceremony will be capped at 150 graduates and students can use the link to sign up with their friends on a first-come, first-served basis. The Sign-Up Genius link will go live on Monday, May 17, at 8:00 AM.

All three events will be live-streamed. We will continue to share information about graduation as we finalize our plans and will be sure to notify you of any changes made as we monitor and adjust within the MDE Safe Learning Plan guidelines.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to work to provide the best graduation experience possible for the class of 2021.  We look forward to celebrating graduation with our seniors and their friends and families!

Dear RPS Families, 

We know you and your senior have been looking forward to graduation and planning for special family celebrations. We have been busy planning for graduation for some time now; working to make sure we follow the most-recent MDE and MDH protocols and restrictions. We have been finalizing important details and had intended to share our graduation plans this week.

With today’s announcement that Governor Walz is relaxing indoor restrictions beginning May 28, we want to make sure we can provide the best possible graduation experience for our seniors on June 5. This means revising our plans. Please know we will work quickly to adjust our graduation plans to provide the best experience possible and we will be certain to share our revised plans next week. For now, please know that a little extra planning time will mean that we will be able to do even more with graduation than we’d planned to just a few days ago.

More news to come very soon!