Graduation Ceremony Details for Oshkosh North and West High Schools 2019

posted May 10, 2019, 5:56 AM by Katie Nieman

Graduation ceremonies for the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) Class of 2019 will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at the Menominee Nation Arena. The Oshkosh North  High School graduation ceremony will start at 11 a.m., followed by the Oshkosh West High School graduation ceremony at 3:30 p.m. District and school leaders have worked with arena staff, as well as local law enforcement, to plan and organize both ceremonies. 

School leaders would like to remind families that special consideration and planning has taken place to ensure that the location, parking, and timeframe can accommodate the needs of both graduation ceremonies and will allow for an enjoyable experience for all. Carpooling is strongly encouraged and guests are asked to allow themselves ample time to park and make their way to the arena. Guests are encouraged to be on time for the commencement ceremony and to come early enough to avoid traffic problems; plan to park one hour prior to graduation and arrive at the arena entrance no earlier than 10 a.m. for the North ceremony, or no earlier than 1:45 p.m. for the West ceremony. Ceremonies will start on time.

Details and frequently asked questions are available for the purpose of advanced planning and preparation on the part of students, families, and guests. This information can be found on the OASD website via the following link: FAQ - 2019 OASD Graduation. Specific details related to security, parking, and arrival times are emphasized as follows: 
  • For the North ceremony, graduates must arrive by 10:15 a.m.; the parking lot will open at 9:30 a.m. and doors will first open for guests at 10 a.m. Immediately following the North ceremony, all graduates and guests must exit the arena to allow for set-up for the Oshkosh West ceremony. The arena must be vacated by 1 p.m. Any/all pictures following the ceremony must be taken outside of the arena building. North attendees should vacate parking areas as soon as possible to allow West attendees to arrive as scheduled. 
  • For the West ceremony, graduates must arrive by 1:45 p.m.; the parking lot will re-open at 1:30 p.m. and doors will first open for guests at 1:45 p.m.
  • Carpooling is strongly encouraged and it is suggested that students arrive with their families; students can be dropped off at Entrance C, prior to families parking.
  • Parking is available in the Menominee Nation Arena Parking Lot (space is limited); in addition, street parking is available around the arena and will offer an easier exit after each ceremony. ADA/Handicap parking in the main parking lot, and an ADA/handicap drop-off area will be available at the Verve entrance on the Northeast side of the building.
  • All attendees/families/guests, must enter through the Main Entrance (Entrance A, located off of South Main Street). NOTE: Guests with ADA tickets may enter through the Verve entrance. 
  • Per arena policy, all attendees, including staff and students, will be subject to passing through walk-through metal detectors and/or hand-held metal detectors upon entry to Menominee Nation Arena.
  • No bags larger than 14″x 14″x 6″ in size are permitted and all bags are subject to inspection.
  • No carry-ins are permitted unless medically necessary; water and concession items will be available for purchase within the arena. 
  • No balloons or noisemakers are permitted; flowers will be available for purchase within the arena. 

“The Oshkosh Area School District is committed to providing graduates and families with a dignified and memorable graduation experience that recognizes and celebrates the incredible accomplishments of every graduate,” said Dr. Vickie Cartwright, Superintendent of Schools. “The decision to move both graduation ceremonies to the arena last year and this year was made to accommodate additional seating needs and provide a more comfortable and safe setting for all.” 

For additional information related to these graduation ceremonies, please contact the school site directly.
About the OASD: Building community through education. The Oshkosh Area School District is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, serving 10,000 students and operating 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, two charter schools and an eAcademy. The mission of the Oshkosh Area School District is to create citizens who are critical, creative thinkers, responsible in their actions, and committed to learning for life by working together with families and communities. For more information visit