Graduation 2020

We could not be prouder of the class of 2020! While commencement will look much different this year, our students are graduating and we are going to honor them. This year's modified graduation includes a hybrid of planned activities and a virtual ceremony, starting with a drive-through graduation and mini-graduation car parades in the afternoon and ending with a 7 p.m. broadcast of commencement airing on local radio and YouTube Premiere, giving families the option to opt into the format they prefer.

Class of 2020 Social Media Toolkit

Graduation Details 

The end of the school year is quickly approaching! We are so excited to celebrate our seniors on Thursday, June 4, by way of car parades and a pre-recorded graduation ceremony.
Here is information you need to know and instructions to follow for the events of the day. Please adhere to these instructions so we can focus on celebrating our very deserving seniors.

Mini Car Parades

  • June 4 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm
  • Please consider taking part only if you and your family members are symptom-free and do not have underlying health conditions.

Before you arrive

  1. Check your senior’s departure time. Plan to arrive at Hopkins High School 10 minutes before your departure time.
  2. Feel free to decorate your car, within the guidelines of the law.
  3. Please feel free to wear your caps and gowns during the event.
  4. Please be sure to wear face masks and remain in your vehicle for the duration of the event.
  5. Parade participation is limited to one vehicle per graduate.
  6. No spectators will be allowed to observe the parades on any school property or along the parade route.
  7. We will be utilizing all parking lots at Hopkins High School and North Junior High for the parades. Therefore, there will be NO PARKING allowed during the car parades.

Arrival and Line-up at HHS

  1. Please arrive 10 minutes before your departure time.
  2. Come to HHS from the north, on Hillside Lane, passing Tanglen and Lindbergh Center on your right. You will need to make a RIGHT into the main parking lot to enter. Do not enter from Cedar Lake Road.
  3. If your assigned time is prior to 4:00:
  • Please follow along Lindbergh Drive. 

  • As you approach the high school, please line up along the right side of the road and enter the HHS lot where you would normally exit.
    Take a RIGHT into the lot and stop. Principal Bullinger will hand you your diploma cover, along with two copies of the graduation program, and instructions for the car parade.

  • Look for the sign of where you/your child went to elementary school and line up in that lane. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE. Wait in line until your lead bus departs.

  • Follow the bus on your parade route. When you get to your elementary school, please drive slowly so that staff at the school can recognize you and wave to you.
    After you visit your elementary school, your graduation mini parade is complete. Time to go celebrate!

  • If your assigned time is after 4:00
    • Please follow along Lindbergh Drive.
      As you approach the high school, please line up along the right side of the road and enter in the normal entrance.

    • Take a RIGHT into the lot and stop. Principal Bullinger will hand you your diploma cover, along with two copies of the graduation program, and instructions for the car parade.

    • Your graduation mini parade is complete when you exit school property. Time to go celebrate!

    HHS Graduation Broadcast (June 4 at 7 pm)

    We have pre-recorded our speeches, read student names, and secured the Pomp & Circumstance audio. Our communications team is currently putting together our 2020 commencement ceremony in two formats:

    • If you would like to listen by radio, please tune in to AM 950 at 7 pm on June 4.
    • If you would like to watch a video version of the ceremony, please look for the link on the Hopkins High School webpage on June 4. 

    The graduation broadcasts will both run from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

    Video Tribute

    Lastly, in the days following our graduation broadcast we will be sharing a video tribute to our resilient class of 2020. This will also be made available by way of our district and high school webpages.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How will our family/friends watch the parade?

      Due to safety concerns, we cannot allow spectators at the high school or on the parade route. Anyone in the vehicle is free to take video and pictures to share with your loved ones. 

    2. How many vehicles are allowed per graduate?

      Only one car is allowed per graduate.

    3. Is the car parade optional?

      Yes, it is. Please do not feel like you need to take part. 

    4. If I don’t attend the car parade, how will I get my diploma?

      Diplomas are not actually handed out at the car parade, only diploma covers. Diplomas will be mailed later in the summer. Diploma covers that are not picked up will be available for pickup during the week of June 8. 

    5. How do seniors send a video of themselves throwing their cap and gown?

      Please see the email of instructions sent by Mr. Bullinger on May 13. Videos and photos are to be shared with Kevin Noonan by May 29.

    6. Can I/we get out of our vehicles to take photos, greet classmates, etc.?

      No. We are conducting car parades under the guidelines given by the Minnesota Department of Education. Getting out of vehicles goes against those guidelines.

    7. Do I really need to wear my mask if everyone in my car is from the same household?

      For the safety of those conducting the parades, we recommend that everyone wear a mask or face covering. We are conducting car parades under the guidelines given by the Minnesota Department of Education, which includes wearing a face covering while in public. 

    8. What if I don’t have reliable transportation for the car parade?

      Please contact Linda Yesnes, at 952.988.4502 or at linda.yesnes@hopkinsschools.org, to find possible solutions.