Alternative graduation and prom options explored


On April 16, Dr. Tom Koulentes presided over a “Virtual ‘Town Hall’ Meeting” for the LHS seniors via Google Meet to give updates and discuss ideas regarding potential plans for graduation and prom.

For graduation, Dr. Koulentes expressed his goal of still having a traditional graduation ceremony at the Sears Centre. Three summer dates have already been secured as potential options: June 21, July 12 and July 26. Dr. Koulentes also noted that the Sears Centre has ideas for maintaining social distancing measures during the ceremony. These ideas were not specified.

If a traditional graduation ceremony is not possible, Dr. Koulentes reassured students that “all options are open,” and some of these options include a graduation ceremony on the football field or a virtual graduation. 

Regarding prom, Dr. Koulentes talked about two potential options. The first option was for a traditional prom during the summer. However, Dr. Koulentes described that it would be extremely difficult for a traditional prom to be planned due to the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The possible alternative to a traditional prom is a “Senior Bash,” which would serve as an end-of-the-year party during the summer. This option would be less formal than a normal prom and would be hosted on the Libertyville High School campus, most likely the football field. The party would leave an option open for seniors to go to Six Flags: Great America after 10:30 p.m. following the event. A local event could also help support struggling local businesses in Libertyville, it was mentioned on the call.