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graduateScroll down for a calendar of special events and dates pertinent to seniors to assist you in long-range planning. Many events and deadlines will be announced in English classes or during morning PA announcements – such as caps, gowns, stoles, and graduation announcement pick-up times.  If you do not have an English class, you will need to check OFTEN with the WISCONSIN NEIGHBORHOOD OFFICE for special announcements, especially towards the end of the school year.

CREDIT VERIFICATIONS (How does the school verify my credits?):

Before a student is issued a diploma we must verify that he/she has met all graduation requirements and has satisfied all obligations to Memorial.  A Graduation Clearance Form must be completed and signed to verify that this has been done.  This letter is generated by counselors and mailed home from Student Services at the end of May on colored paper.  If a clearance form is not completed and turned in to the WISCONSIN NEIGHBORHOOD OFFICE, we have no way of validating a student’s credits until grades are posted, which is after graduation.  Therefore, the student will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.

In order to earn a JMM diploma a student must have earned 22 credits, including the following:

  • English - 4 credits
  • Social Studies - 3 credits
  • Science - 3 credits
  • Math - 3 credits
  • PE - 1.5 credits
  • Health - 0.5 credits

A senior with 20.5 credits earned by June 12th may participate in the graduation ceremonies with the understanding that graduation will not officially occur until 22 credits have been earned.

Students having earned less than 20.5 credits WILL NOT be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies.

If you have any questions or concerns about credits, please see your counselor to get clarification as soon as possible.  Feel free to contact the Wisconsin Office with any questions 663-6101.


Packets went home with your student the week of January 7th. If you did not receive your packet from Midwest Scholastic, there are extras available in the Wisconsin Office.  Orders were placed in person on January 15th and 16th during lunchtime in the cafeteria. If you were unable to place your order in person, you can still place orders online at The deadline for accepting orders WITHOUT late fees was February 28th.

CAPS, GOWNS, & STOLES (What to wear?):graduation cap

As this is a formal ceremony, appropriate apparel is required. Appropriate attire under gowns is required as well, including footwear. Athletic shoes, flip flops, shorts and jeans will NOT be allowed. NEW THIS YEAR: We will be adding stoles to the required graduation attire. These will also be ordered through Midwest Scholastic. If you have not yet ordered your cap and gown, please order online as soon as possible at Caps, gowns, and stoles are mandatory for participation in the graduation ceremony. The deadline for accepting orders WITHOUT late fees was February 28th. Midwest Scholastic will be at Memorial on Wednesday, May 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to distribute caps and gowns to students. If your student is unable to pick up their cap and gown on the day of distribution, they should see Ms. Braun in the Wisconsin Office.

OBLIGATIONS (When will I get my Diploma?):

Students having outstanding fees, fines or obligations WILL NOT receive their diplomas at the Kohl Center.  Please be sure to resolve all library books, class fees, registration fees, equipment returns, credit verification form, etc. PRIOR to graduation practice.  Avoid problems by meeting responsibilities before that time.

CLASS PICTURE / REHEARSAL / SENIOR “WALK” (Monday before Graduation):

Don’t miss out!  The class picture will be taken immediately at 12 noon.  Proceed to the gym following morning exams.  An alphabetical listing of the order in which you should line up will be posted on the windows across from the Wisconsin Office as well as the trophy case across from the Main Gym.  Check the listing and be prepared to line up as indicated.  This is a MANDATORY rehearsal for everyone planning to participate, see Mr. Hendrickson if you have a question. Senior “Walk” will take place immediately following rehearsal.


January 15-16 Order Announcements / Caps & Gowns Cafeteria
March 25-29 Spring Break
April 5 End of 3rd Quarter
April 26 Latino Heritage Festival JMM Fieldhouse Ct #1 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
May 1 Cap & Gown Distribution TBD 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
May 1 Graduation Speaker Tryouts JMM Auditorium 3:45 p.m.
May 4-5 Prom & Post Prom Alliant Energy Center / TBD 8:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
May 6-17 AP Exams
May 8 Concert Band I & Symphonic Band Concert JMM Auditorium 7:30 p.m.
May 13 National Honor Society Induction JMM Auditorium 7:00 p.m.
May 15 Concert Band II & Wind Ensemble Concert JMM Auditorium 7:30 p.m.
May 16-18 Spring Play – "She Kills Monsters" Theater 300 7:30 p.m.
May 20 Senior Honors Convocation JMM Auditorium 7:00 p.m.
May 22 All Orchestra Concert JMM Auditorium 7:30 p.m.
May 24 Senior Picnic Governor Dodge State Park 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
May 24 Film Festival JMM Auditorium 7:00 p.m.
May 27 Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
May 29 Choir Pops Concert JMM Auditorium 7:00 p.m.
June 1 Parent-Sponsored Senior Party JMM Fieldhouse 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
June 6 Periods 6 and 7 Exam
June 7 Periods 1 and 2 Exams
June 10 Periods 3 and 4 Exams
June 10 REQUIRED Graduation Rehearsal & Senior Class Picture JMM Main Gym 12:00 p.m.
June 10 Senior Walk Elementary Schools 12:30 p.m.
June 11 Period 5 Exam
June 12 Make-up Exams / Last Day of School
June 12 Credit Verification Forms DUE Wisconsin Office 12:00 p.m.
June 15 Graduation Kohl Center 10:00 a.m.