Graduation & Senior End of Year Information

 
A YouTube video of Graduation and the Car parade put together for you by Chorrkin Chin, Peter Raider, and John Fitzgerald.  Enjoy!!
 
The Graduation Ceremony and Car Parade were recorded by Franklin TV. Those recordings will be made available for viewing and dowloading soon. The links will be posted here as soon as they are made public.
 
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2021!!
 
Graduation Ceremony start time will be 7:00 PM tonight Friday, June 4th. Gates open for guests at 6:00 PM. Grads should report to the Gym between 5:45 and 6:00PM
 
This letter was emailed out to families at approx 12:40 PM Fridy June 4th:

FHS Class of 2021,

I’m writing with an update on tonight's graduation.  After much investigation into the weather and plans of your weekend, a decision has been made to move the start time.  Therefore, given the information we have at this point, we have decided to keep graduation as scheduled for tonight but move the start time to 7:00 pm. We plan to open the gates for seating at 6:00 pm (weather permitting). We also ask that the graduates meet in the GYM between 5:45 - 6:00 pm. Should there be lightning during the ceremony, we will ask guests to return to their vehicles for 30 minutes, then return to the field to continue the ceremony. We don’t anticipate this happening, but we wanted to let everyone know the plan if it were to occur. 

We anticipate the chairs will get wet during the afternoon, so please dress accordingly, pack an umbrella and consider bringing a towel with you to wipe down your seats.

I am fully aware that making a decision like this is not going to please everyone. However, talking with many seniors yesterday at rehearsal, it was clear that they wanted to try and keep the graduation ceremony scheduled for tonight. 

Thank you for your continued support, patience, and understanding. I’m looking forward to a great ceremony this evening!

Finally, here is information on the car parade tomorrow.

Thanks,
Josh Hanna
 
 
LIVESTREAM of GRADUATION CEREMONY>> HERE
 

 

Graduation 2021

  • Watch the Graduation Ceremony livestream here >> Franklin TV << and also can be viewed on Comcast Channel 96 or Verizon Channel  28. You can also listen to it live on wfpr●fm 102.9  FranklinTV will also repeat the broadcast of The Graduation Ceremony and Car Parade the following week and post them to their Video-on-Demand service where you may download them.
  • Friday, June 4th, @ 7:00 PM outside at Pisini Stadium (on the Football field between HMMS and FHS) Grads need to arive in the GYM by 6:00 PM to line up; gates also open at 6:00 for guests.
  • Guests will enter the stadium at the Horace Mann Entrance to the field; anyone who has pre-arranged accessible seating will enter at the FHS entrance to the field.
  • Raindate is Saturday, June 5th. 
  • GRADUATION CEREMONY UPDATE LETTER FROM MR. HANNA SENT 5/21/2021 >> CLICK HERE 

Seating /tickets for Graduation-    updated 5/21/2021:

Tickets were distributed to graduates at the final grad rehearsal (each student received 4 regular and 2 standing room tickets). Students that did not recieve their tickets due to outstanding items can pick them up in the Main Office once they have returned items and paid outstanding balances.   

The State of Massachusetts adjusted the guidelines again for High School Graduations. We have adjusted with the new guidance and hope this information will bring clarity to the Graduation Ceremony:

  • Graduating Seniors will be seated as a class.  The Graduates will process into the stadium and be dismissed to their families/guests upon the ceremony’s conclusion.
  • Graduating Seniors will be given tickets for 6 guests, 4 to be seated in a pod, and 2 for standing room only in designated areas around the stadium.  All guests will be required to present their ticket upon entering the stadium no earlier than 4:00 pm. Tickets will be issued to students during the Thursday graduation rehearsal.
  • Pods will not be assigned. We will have 451 pods of 4 seats set up with a 6-foot distance between pods. Guests will be free to sit at a pod of their choice.  
  • Masks will not be required. Attendees will are encouraged to distance themselves from individuals not in their household as feasible.  Attendees are encouraged to wear face coverings if they are not vaccinated. 
  • If you need to request accessibility accommodations on the athletic field, please contact the Main Office.  There are no special tickets for accessibility accomodations. Those guests requiring seating accomondations will use the regular white tickets.
  • Parking is available at FHS, Horace Mann, the Senior center and the Ice rink. There will be a shuttle bus from the Rink and the Senior Center.
Graduation Rehearsals and Senior Class Meetings - all are mandatory! info updated 6/2/21
 
Tuesday June 1st, 2021: Senior Assembly and Chromebook/charger drop off, Senior Box pick up:
There will be a mandatory Senior Assembly in the Gym.  Your assembly time is based on your House Office. If you do not know which house office is yours, it is listed in your Aspen account and on your student ID badge.
  • 1st floor House Office: Arrive to the gym at 8:00.  The assembly will conclude by 8:50
  • 2nd floor House Office: Arrive to the gym at 8:50. The assembly will conclude by 9:40
  • 3rd floor House Office: Arrive to the gym at 9:40. The assembly will conclude by 10:30
After your assembly you will return your Chromebook, and charger. Make sure your chromebook is fully charged so that the tech department can verify that it works. You will also receive your Senior box which contains your cap, gown, stoles/cords and your records (some students may have additional items in their senior box)  
 
Wednesday June 2nd, 2021: Graduation Rehearsal #1 - mandatory
Arrive at Pisini Field (between HMMS and FHS) by 9:30 am for your first mandatory graduation rehearsal. 
Thursday June 3rd, 2021: Graduation Rehearsal #2 - mandatory
Arrive at Pisini Field by 9:00 am for your second mandatory graduation rehearsal. GRADUATION TICKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED DURING THIS REHEARSAL. Immediately following the rehearsal, there will be a Senior Breakfast starting at 10:30.  Food will be served on the sidewalks next to the gym and students will have breakfast sitting on the Lacrosse Field. There will be music, lawn games and students will receive their yearbooks. Rain location: Gymnasium.
 
Senior Car Parade-  We invite Class of 2021 graduates and their families to participate in a  >>town-wide Car Parade <<in honor of our graduating seniors. Please fill out this form to be able to participate in the parade!  Thank you to the Franklin Police Department for their leadership and support in coordinating this event. The parade is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, June 5th, beginning at three different schools between 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM (rain date Sunday, June 6th at 11:00 am). Please arrive at your parade starting point between 40 minutes before your designated start time(see below). Students will report to the Middle School they attended; if the graduate attended the Benjamin Franklin Charter School, they should line up at Horace Mann Middle School on the day of the parade. If the graduate attended a middle school outside of Franklin, they should report to the middle school nearest to their house.
3 Parade Routes: 
Horace MannHMMS Start time 10:40 AM Left out of parking lot, right to drive behind FHS, left onto Panther Way, left onto Rt. 140, left onto Beaver St., around common, to Oak Street, on to FHS.
SullivanSullivan Start time 11:00 AM  Right out of parking lot onto Lincoln Street. Lincoln Street to the common; around the common, to Oak Street and on to FHS
RemingtonRemington Start time 11:20 AM Left out of parking lot onto Rainville Way, right on Jefferson Rd., right onto Washington St, left onto Union Street, pass the common, to Oak Street, on to FHS
 
If Graduation takes place on the rain date (Saturday June 5th) then the car parade will take place on Sunday, June 6th. The car parade will be broadcast live on  WFPR-FM 102.9;  It will also be shown on TV Comcast channel 96, Verizon channel 28.  Car parade Flyer
 

Senior Boxes: will be distributed to students after class meetings on June 1st. They will contain student caps and gowns, academic and medical records, awards, stoles and cords. Anyone who has not picked up their senior box should contact their assistant principal.

Photography- GradImages will be taking photos of every graduate during the ceremony. Students/Parents/Guardians can pre-register on their website prior to Graduation so that when the proofs are ready you will be notified via email and text and can view them immediately. You are under no obligation to purchase anything from GradImages, but if you would like to, pre-registering is a way to make sure you do not miss seeing those photos as soon as they are available.  Click HERE to pre-register at GradImages.

Student Health & Permanent Records: With the exception of the Official Transcript, all Student Records (including Health records, and Student Permanent Records) will be placed in the Senior Boxes that will be distributed to students before Graduation  These records may contain immunization information required by many colleges. Please note that Franklin High School does NOT keep copies of these records, or of your diploma; giving these records to you will serve as their “destruction.” The only record we keep on file is your Official Transcript.

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Senior Chromebook Return date: all seniors must return their Chromebooks & chargers June 1st after their senior meeting. Make sure to charge the chromebook the night before. 
(no stickers; make sure to return your charger too!)
 
Senior Week information-click HERE to view & print the most up to date version of the Senior Week schedule
Oskey Thursday, May 27th 7:30 PM FHS Auditorium (in-person performance is for seniors only-all others can livestream)
Prom night #1: Tuesday, June 1st at Lake Pearl, Wrentham 6-10 PM

Students have already signed up, bought tickets and received an email stating which date they are attending Prom. Prom is from 6:00-10:00 pm in the outdoor tented area of Lake Pearl.  There will be a DJ, dancing and dinner served.  Masks are no longer required outdoors.

Prom night #2: Wednesday, June 2nd at Lake Pearl, Wrentham 6-10 PM
Students have already signed up, bought tickets and received an email stating which date they are attending Prom. Prom is from 6:00-10:00 pm in the outdoor tented area of Lake Pearl.  There will be a DJ, dancing and dinner served.  Masks are no longer required outdoors.
Senior Breakfast Thursday June 3rd 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM @ the FHS Lacrosse Field (food will be on the sidewalks next to the Gym)
Senior Awards Night Thursday June 3rd (pre-taped)-video to be released at 7:30 PM  Link to view 
 
 

updated 6/6/2021