2019 Commencement

  • Congratulations, Seniors! At the conclusion of this school year, you will have achieved an important milestone in your life by completing all requirements established by the Hempfield School District for graduation. Commencement is a traditional ceremony that symbolizes your passage from high school.

    Our ceremony is designed to honor and recognize your educational achievement as well as the rights and privileges due to you as a high school graduate. You and your parents should be very proud of the accomplishment of this significant milestone in your life.

    We will make every attempt to organize a graduation ceremony that is conducted with great pride and dignity. In order to accomplish this goal, we will need the cooperation of every member of the Class of 2019. We ask that you work with us to create the kind of graduation program of which we may all be proud. As a graduating senior, you need to do your part to ensure a successful graduation ceremony.

    Please remember that commencement is a dignified event – your celebration of graduation should beginwith the conclusion of the commencement proceedings.

    Please note: The graduation ceremony is optional; if you cannot meet the expectations below or if you choose not to participate, you may receive your diploma without participation in the ceremony. Students who choose not to participate should bring a note (signed by a parent/guardian) to Mrs. Dissinger’s office by Friday, May 10, 2019. (If you are not participating, diplomas are NOT mailed. Diplomas may be picked up AFTER June 5 in the Franklin office during normal office hours.)

    Commencement will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center, Franklin & Marshall College, 929 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.


    • Each student will receive SIX tickets.
    • Everyone attending MUST have a ticket.
    • You are encouraged to trade/swap with each other as needed.
    • Due to the class size this year, there will be no extra tickets to distribute and no waiting list.

    Commencement Practices:

    1. Seniors must be present for both rehearsals. Participation in both commencement rehearsals is mandatory. Students who may have a conflict with any of the practices for legitimate reasons should see Dr. Reinhardt prior to the first practice.
    2. Rehearsal Dates and Times - The length of each rehearsal will depend upon student cooperation. Seniors will be excused for the remainder of the day following each practice.
      • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (9:00 a.m.) in the PAC at HHS. During this practice, students will receive the following: National Honor Society medallions, Business Honor cords, Foreign Language cords, National Art Honor Society cords, Tri-M cords, top 10% stoles and commencement tickets, cap and gown.
      • Wednesday, June 5, 2019 (9:00 a.m.) at Franklin & Marshall College. Students will provide their own transportation to and from the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center for practice. Please check this linked F&M parking map for available parking.

    Commencement Dress Code:

    Students should follow these guidelines to ensure that they will be properly attired for the graduation ceremony:

    • Ladies - Wear a dress (not to extend below the gown) and dark shoes (black or brown). Do not wear: pants, shorts, jeans, headbands, bandanas, sneakers, flipflops, or sandals. Mortarboards are the only head covering to be worn.
    • Gentlemen - Wear a white collared dress shirt, dark dress pants, dark dress shoes (black or brown), dark colored socks, and a necktie. Do not wear: sneakers, flipflops, sandals, boots, shorts, jeans, bow ties, headbands, bandanas, or white socks. Mortarboards are the only head covering to be worn.
    • When gowns are unpacked from shipment they are very wrinkled and will need to be ironed. Be careful not to lose the mortarboard and tassel packaged with the gown. Cap, gown and tassels will be distributed at the first graduation practice on Tuesday, June 4. The wearing of buttons, pins, signs, or writing messages on the mortarboards or gowns is not permitted.

    Commencement Reporting:

    • On June 5, all seniors should report to Franklin & Marshall College by 6:00 p.m., doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
    • Following the ceremony, students will return their cords, stoles, medals to the Woods Room on the 2nd floor. They will also pick-up their diplomas on the 2nd floor and then leave F&M with their families.


    • To help reduce the demand for parking, students should not drive themselves to commencement but should carpool with a friend or family member who will be attending the ceremony.
    • A map is linked here to show available parking areas.
    • To avoid encountering a lot of traffic, we are encouraging people to take Manheim Pike to the Fruitville Pike Intersection, take a right onto Fruitville Pike/Prince Street, travel a few blocks then turn right onto West Liberty Street.

    Commencement Expectations:

    • During the processional, students will wear their mortarboards with the tassels on the right front side of the mortarboard. Students should remain standing for the National Anthem. Before the Anthem begins, all gentlemen should remove their mortarboards. Following the National Anthem, everyone will be seated and gentlemen will replace their mortarboards with the tassel on the right side.
    • During the ceremony, it is extremely important that all seniors remain attentive to the speakers and other parts of the program. Talking or other inappropriate behavior will distract from the dignity of the program. No cell phones, cameras, other electronic devices, or sunglasses are allowed.
    • For most parents and students, the highlight of the ceremony is the presentation of the diplomas. The audience and class members will be asked to hold all applause until all diplomas have been presented.
    • Individuals who persist in disrupting the ceremony with inappropriate yelling or noisemakers will be escorted from the fitness center.
    • Immediately following the ceremony, seniors should return their Business honor cords, Foreign Language cords, National Art Honor Society cords, honors’ stoles, and National Honor Society medallions when picking up their diplomas.
    • Students must have cleared all obligations (returned all books, paid all fines, and met all other financial obligations) in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.

    Additional Commencement Items:

    • Please advise your family members to arrive early to avoid last minute traffic problems. The F&M Fitness Center will open at 6:00 p.m. Please see this map relative to parking for the commencement ceremony.
    • To provide a photograph of each graduate as he/she receives a diploma, the school has secured the services of Lifetouch Photography. Information is included in this mailing regarding photos.
    • No family photographers will be permitted near the stage during the ceremony. Guests should remain in their seats and not come toward the stage at any time during the ceremony.
    • Again this year, Hempfield High School is planning to televise the commencement ceremony. A DVD may be purchased for $20.00 or blu-ray for $25. An order form will be distributed to students at a later date. Additional information regarding date/time of the broadcast will be forthcoming.
    • Baccalaureate Service is at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Hempfield United Methodist Church, 3050 Marietta Avenue and Stony Battery Road, Lancaster.
    • Hempfield High School’s Senior Awards Program will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Graduates receiving an award will be notified by letter.
    • Senior Picnic – Will be held Tuesday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the Salunga Fire Hall. Cost will be $5. Please contact class advisors for more information (Mr. Peacher or Mr. Haldeman).

    It is with great anticipation and excitement that we make the final preparations for this year’s commencement ceremony. We will need your cooperation and support to make this year’s graduation special and memorable. Please contact Mrs. Renee Dissinger at 898-5510 if you have any questions regarding this year’s commencement program.