Dear New Trier Families of the Class of 2020,
The NTPA Grad Committee is in full swing, in coordination with the school, to create a memorable drive-through event for your graduate on Sunday, May 31. The committee will enhance the outdoor corridor from the moment you enter Essex Road until you exit Trevian Way. We can't wait for you and your senior to experience the fun and entertainment as you drive through the corridor
We will begin celebrating your senior this week! On Friday, May 29, parent volunteers will deliver a large navy envelope to each senior's home. The contents of the envelope will include:
- The original graduation party invitation revealing the 2020 senior graduation theme, including an insert about the contents of the envelope and the May 31 drive-through
- Ribbons to tie around your trees (and share with your neighbors, if you wish)
- A mortarboard for seniors to wear on May 31, if they wish--feel free to decorate
- Instructions about the drive-through, including a map
On Sunday, your car must have your graduate's name appearing on it, in large, clear letters.
Only one car per household can enter Essex Road. You are welcome to decorate your car however you wish for the occasion. As cars approach Trevian Way, New Trier staff will be handing out single red roses and red carnation boutonnieres to graduates.
Just before exiting Trevian Way, you will see a display of 16" x 16" senior photos mounted on the lawn in front of the school. After May 31, families will receive an email from New Trier with information about how to pick up their photo sign (click here for flyer)
In addition, families of seniors, along with other community members, are invited to turn on their lights and place luminaries or lanterns outside their homes on the evening of May 31, in honor of all 2020 graduates (click here for flyer)
For the most current information from the school, see the
on New Trier's website.
We will see you on Friday with the hand-delivered envelope to kick off the celebration for your senior. Then we will see you again on May 31 to create lasting memories. It truly will be a remarkable event and a graduation experience to remember! Questions? Email
Terri Lorenz, Cynthia Cata, and Becky Stilp
NTPA 2020 Grad Committee Co-Chair
NEW TRIER CLASS OF 2020 END OF YEAR TIMELINE
- Friday, May 29 - Envelopes hand delivered to seniors and families by NTPA volunteers (see letter above for more details)
- By Sunday, May 31 -Senior sign drop-off by NT staff (details coming from senior advisers)
- Sunday, May 31 - Commencement for the Class of 2020
12:00-1:30 P.M. - Virtual Ceremony (link to video to be emailed to families May 30; you can forward the link to family and friends)
2:00-7:00 P.M. - Walk the Stage on Trevian Way - drive-through diploma pickup, professional photo opportunity, and fun surprises (social distancing guidelines will be followed); for more details, see letter above and check the
on NT's website
- After June 1 - New Trier News
issue mailed out
- Week of June 8 - Virtual Senior Awards Ceremony (details to come from the school once scheduled by the school)
Any additions or changes to this list of dates and events will be shared with families when available. Thank you for your understanding!
Thank you for your support.
May 22, 2020
Dear New Trier Families of the Class of 2020,
With support of the New Trier Parents' Association (NTPA), NTPA Grad Committee, Winnetka Police Department, New Trier Faculty, Staff, Administration, and the Board of Education, we look forward to celebrating the Class of 2020 on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Please review the following information with your senior and family to ensure a wonderful experience for each one of our seniors in a way that allows us to abide by the state's safety guidelines. I sent this
Video message to seniors
along with this information this evening.
A Weekend to Honor the Class of 2020
Senior advisers and New Trier staff members will be delivering a personalized sign for each graduate to your homes next week. In addition, the NTPA Grad Committee, along with other parent volunteers, will assemble and deliver a package to each graduate's home. The NTPA package will include a white mortar board and blue/green ribbons for outdoor decorating. More details will follow from advisers and from the NTPA so you will know when to expect these items. If you wish to add to the celebration, we encourage you to decorate your car for the May 31 event.
I will email families a link to the Virtual Ceremony on the morning of May 31. We are opening the link at 12:00 p.m. for families to view together, near and far. The ceremony should take approximately one hour and thirty minutes. I also invite you to enjoy our
New Trier Staff Class of 2020 Shoutout Videos
shown during virtual prom and our
Tribute to the New Trier Class of 2020
Class of 2020 Walk the Stage
Walk the Stage on Trevian Way
to pick up their diploma cover and take a professional photograph from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. To allow for a smooth process and to minimize traffic issues, we ask that graduates come only during their assigned times, based on the first letter of their last names. You can find those times below. We also are limiting access to one car per family (or household in the case that the graduate has multiple households). Again, this is necessary to keep the event moving. Diplomas will be mailed to your homes at a later date.
Students and families will enter the campus on Essex Road, following a normal school day traffic pattern. Staff members and NTPA representatives will greet each graduate and assure that there is only one car per graduate household. As families wait for their turn to enter Trevian Way, we will offer entertainment and special tributes to the Class of 2020. Once your vehicle enters Trevian Way, staff will direct you to pull up to one of eight stages under tents, where your graduate will exit the car, be greeted by an administrator or Board of Education member, take a diploma cover, pose for a professional photograph on stage, and then return to their car. Due to state safety guidelines, only the graduate will be allowed to exit the car. Since all staff on hand will be wearing masks and will be socially distanced by at least six feet, graduates are not required to wear masks for the photograph . We will provide a complimentary image to each graduate, with details emailed after the ceremony. Cars will then exit Trevian Way onto Woodland Avenue. The attached map shows the entire route and traffic flow.
In order to create a wonderful experience we divided the class alphabetically, and we ask families to kindly adhere to the following guidelines:
- One car per graduate household; if you wish to add to the celebration you are welcome and encouraged to decorate your car.
- No walkers allowed per safety guidelines. If you do not have a car or access to a car, please contact me at
- Abide by your time slot to create a great experience for everyone. This is the only way we can ensure all graduates who wish to walk the stage can do so. If you have an unavoidable conflict during your time slot, please call Ashley Rasch, Assistant to the Winnetka Campus Principal, at 847-784-2201 to find an alternative slot.
- Everyone must remain inside their vehicle at all times, with the exception of the senior when they reach the stage. If your student needs assistance in accessing the stage or special accommodations please email
or call 847-784-2201.
- Please follow the instructions of staff members and volunteers to keep the process moving smoothly.
Time Slots by First Letter of Graduate's Last Name
Time Last Names Starting with the Letter
2:00-2:30 A - B
2:30-3:00 C - D
3:00-3:30 E - F
3:30-4:00 G - H
4:00-4:30 I - K
4:30-5:00 L - M
5:00-5:30 N - P
5:30-6:00 Q - R
6:30-7:00 T - Z
I know that this ceremony cannot replace our traditional commencement -- and we are committed to bringing this class together again when it is deemed safe to do so. However, I do hope that this opportunity to bring a bit of tradition and closure to the end of a very difficult school year will give our seniors and their families a chance to celebrate their hard work throughout their four years of high school. All of us at New Trier look forward to celebrating with you on May 31.
Principal, Winnetka Campus
May 18, 2020
Dear New Trier Class of 2020 Parents and Guardians,
As we approach the end of your student's time at New Trier High School, I wanted to share how very proud I am of all of the graduates in our Class of 2020 for their compassion, perseverance, and maturity in the face of unprecedented challenges over the past few months. This should be a time of celebration as graduates close an important chapter of their lives and prepare for the independence and opportunities of young adulthood. I am so sorry that we cannot gather together and celebrate with the grand traditions and rites of passage we all have been anticipating since this class first entered the halls of New Trier.
Earlier today I shared this
with our seniors as a tribute to their time together and a celebration of some of their memorable moments and wonderful accomplishments. I encourage you to take some time to enjoy these memories and messages from a few surprise guests.
Now that the governor's plan for Illinois' reopening has become more clear, I also wanted to let you know about some changes in our plans to celebrate the Class of 2020.
We have decided to cancel the potential July 12 Sears Centre Commencement Ceremony
. While we had held out hope that we could gather at that time, it has become clear that a gathering as large as our traditional ceremony is extremely unlikely to be possible by mid-July. Instead, we will move our virtual ceremony, along with an in-person Walk the Stage on Trevian Way, to the original commencement date of Sunday, May 31 . Details of this plan are below.
We remain committed to celebrating this class together in person when circumstances allow. We hope that will be in late summer, when we could use our football stadium and adjacent fields for an in-person celebration - or multiple smaller celebrations. Planning is underway for these potential celebrations in collaboration with the NTPA. If late summer is not an option, we are looking at fall or winter breaks.
May 31 Commencement - Virtual Ceremony and Walk the Stage on Trevian Way
We are planning a number of ways to mark the Class of 2020's commencement on the weekend of May 31. First, on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, senior advisers and other staff members will deliver personalized yard/window signs to every graduate. We are also working with the NTPA and Grad Committee to create a celebratory atmosphere both on campus and across the township, including an opportunity for students to walk the stage that day on Trevian Way.
Virtual Commencement Ceremony
We will host a virtual commencement ceremony for our graduates from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. This virtual ceremony will include many traditional elements of our in-person ceremony, including a senior speaker, an alumni speaker, acceptance of the class gift, a performance from the New Trier choir, and the reading of the names and photos of every graduate in the class. We will send a link in advance for you to share with your families, and the ceremony will be available online after the event as well. A printed commencement program will be mailed to every graduate later in the summer.
Walk the Stage on Trevian Way!
Beginning at 2 p.m. on May 31, graduates will have a chance to walk the stage and get a photo on Trevian Way at the Winnetka Campus. We will assign times in alphabetical order based on the last name of the graduate to minimize traffic difficulties. Families will pull up to one of multiple stages, and graduates will receive a diploma cover from a Board of Education member or administrator and have their photo taken. We encourage graduates to dress up for this occasion. To comply with social distancing rules and to keep the process moving, we will ask that only the graduate leave the car during this ceremony.
Anyone handling diploma covers will wear gloves and masks. In collaboration with the NTPA, we are encouraging families to decorate their cars for this event with balloons, graduates' names, etc.
Staff and police officers will be on site to help with traffic, to monitor social distancing, and to assist in keeping things moving. We are coordinating traffic and other details with the Winnetka Police and will provide more information closer to the date -- including your graduate's pick-up time, social distancing precautions, and other details. Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates later in the summer.
Other End-of-School Year Information for the Class of 2020
Seniors' last day of instruction is Thursday, May 21 as originally scheduled. We are encouraging all seniors who wish to celebrate that day to post a photo of themselves in their last-day-of-school attire on Instagram with the hashtags #gotrevs and #newtrierseniors.
The virtual Senior Awards Ceremony has been postponed to the second week of June, a decision we made after many colleges moved their acceptance dates to June 1. Seniors receiving recognition will receive more details and a link to that ceremony closer to the date.
I know that none of these virtual and drive-up celebrations can replace the traditional New Trier commencement ceremony, but we hope that they can provide some closure and celebration for the hard work of our graduates at a time that they normally would be participating in our graduation traditions. Again, we will gather this class together for a send-off sometime in the future. We may not be able to tell you exactly when that will be right now, but please know that it will happen. Until then, I hope that they and you will enjoy these new traditions together on May 31.
Principal, Winnetka Campus