Senior Week & Graduation
Important Dates & Information

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! This letter contains very important information regarding graduation and several events leading up to the special occasion. Please mark your calendars for the Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 13th from 3:00PM – 5:00PM at the Kiva Auditorium in the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Prepare for the Graduation Ceremony

To make the ceremony more personable and give an opportunity for students to share their best, we are asking parents and seniors to work together to complete several items, including: Graduation Program Template, Senior Statement/Blurb, Individual Quote and Baby & Senior Picture. As your student walks across the stage at the graduation ceremony, the senior statement/blurb will be read aloud and his/her baby picture, senior picture, and favorite quote will appear on a large screen. As you work on these items with your senior, please understand the EMHS Administration has the final approval for all pictures, blurbs, quotes and items highlighted in the program.

PROGRAM: Mrs. Millea is trying something new this year instead of using the Graduation Questionnaire in Naviance to gather students’ information to create the graduation program. Instead, she shared a copy of the program template with students as a Google Doc and is asking students to enter their information directly into the document. Then she will create the final program based on the information students provided. Mrs. Millea will enter information for each student regarding the Timberwolf Diploma of Excellence and Dean’s List. Students and parents should work together to fill out the Accomplishments/Awards, Activities, Athletics, Scholarships and Post-secondary Plans sections. Mrs. Millea also emailed students a copy of the Class of 2017 program so you can get ideas and see how things are formatted. Please ask your senior to share these documents with you. The program information deadline is Sunday, April 1st. If students have college and/or scholarship information to add after April 1st, they should email Mrs. Millea directly.

SENIOR STATEMENT aka “BLURB”: The “blurb” is the statement read aloud as your senior walks across the stage to receive his/her diploma at the graduation ceremony. The statement should be no more than four sentences long and may include a special thanks or post-secondary plans or goals. Copies of blurbs from years past are available in the Student Guidance Center if a student needs ideas. Students must enter the final draft of their blurb in Naviance by Sunday, April 15th. Nonsensical or inappropriate blurbs will not be accepted. Again, the EMHS Administration has the final approval of all blurbs.

BABY & SENIOR PICTURES: Baby pictures are all in! However, if you would like to use a different senior picture, you must give the new picture to Mrs. McKnight in the Student Guidance Center. Pictures may be from any photographer. It would be greatly appreciated if the baby and senior pictures are digital, but a hard copy is fine. We will scan the picture and return it to your student. Digital pictures should be e-mailed to Mrs. McKnight at We are currently working on the slideshow, so any new pictures should be submitted as soon as possible.

QUOTE: The individual quote should represent the senior and be from a “famous person” and not something a friend or family member says. Students were asked to enter the final draft of the quote with author in Naviance by Thursday, February 1st. However, only 53 seniors did so. Mrs. Millea is opening up the quote again in Naviance until Monday, February 26th.

CAP & GOWNS, ANNOUNCEMENTS and OTHER SENIOR GOODIES: EMHS contracts with Campus Specialties for the cap & gown and announcements. Additional order forms are available in Mrs. Millea’s office. Families must order directly at Campus Specialties, at 1529 Eubank NE, Suite B in Albuquerque. Their phone number is 275-9357. Campus Specialties will be on campus on Wednesday, March 14th during Lunch in the Community Room to deliver graduation announcements and other goodies. Caps & gowns will NOT be delivered at this time. Seniors will receive their cap & gown at graduation rehearsal on Friday, May 11.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Each year, students are expected to complete 20 hours of community service, for a total of 80 hours by the end of a student’s senior year. This is a graduation requirement in our charter. Therefore, any student who does not have his/her required community service hours recorded will NOT be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Please contact Mrs. Podzemny at as soon as possible to check on recorded hours or obtain community service ideas. All community service hours must be entered in the student’s x2VOL account which is accessible through Naviance. as soon as possible to check on recorded hours or obtain community service ideas. All community service hours must be entered in the student’s x2VOL account which is accessible through Naviance.

Important Dates

SENIOR AWARDS & COLLEGE SIGNING NIGHT – NEW DATE: The Senior Awards & College Signing Night will now be held on Thursday, May 10th at 6:00PM in the Fisher & Smith Memorial Gymnasium. Departments will award the 2018 Departmental Awards for Outstanding Achievement and students will receive their Dean’s List honors from senior year. Seniors will also announce their post-secondary plans and sign the college posters to be displayed in the Student Guidance Center.

GRADUATION REHEARSAL, BBQ & FUN DAY: Graduation Rehearsal is required for all seniors intending on participating in the ceremony. The rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 11th at 1:00PM in the Fisher & Smith Memorial Gymnasium. A senior picture will also be taken by Full Contact Sports Photography. The PACK will sponsor a BBQ and Fun Day for seniors.

CLASS OF 2018 GRADUATION CEREMONY: The EMHS Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 13th from 3:00PM – 5:00PM at the Kiva Auditorium in the Albuquerque Convention Center. There is no limit to the number of guests a senior may invite. Parking is available at the Civic Plaza Garage on Marquette & 3rd St. at $6 per vehicle. Entrance to the Convention Center is on 3rd St.

Thank you for your support of your child’s education throughout their years at EMHS. Please contact us if you have questions or require further information. We are looking forward to another special and memorable ceremony!