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Memorial Jr. High to host both virtual and drive-thru commencement

Virtual Memorial Day ceremony followed by drive-thru ceremony June 1


LANSING, Ill. (May 25, 2021) — Memorial Junior High is offering its graduating eighth graders not one, but two, commencement ceremonies this year.

The Memorial Mighty Mustangs virtual commencement ceremony, airing on the district’s website, will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 31.

The following day, a drive-thru commencement ceremony will be held outside Memorial Junior High. Tuesday’s event will be an opportunity for students to take part in the roll call of graduates and receive their diploma in person. Participation in this event is not mandatory.

In the event of inclement weather, the Memorial staff will make arrangements to move the ceremony inside the building.

Memorial Principal Dr. Keli N. Ross said that all individuals entering school grounds must adhere to social distancing guidelines by wearing a mask over their mouth and nose, as well as stay six feet apart from each other.

“The Memorial staff is excited for a joyful and safe celebration for our eighth-grade graduates,” Ross said in a memo to parents. “We applaud our eighth graders for the successful completion of their time as junior high students and wish them the best as they begin their high school journey.”

Students who participate in drive-thru commencement will be allowed two guests. A photographer will be on-site to take pictures of graduates receiving their diplomas, with a 4-by-6-inch photograph available for $10. Additional pictures can be purchased from the photographer Vincent Harlston at

The specific time for students to participate in the drive-thru event will be based on students’ last name:

  • A: 12 p.m.
  • B: 12:30 p.m.
  • C: 1 p.m.
  • D–F: 1:30 p.m.
  • G: 2 p.m.
  • H: 2:30 p.m.
  • I–L: 3 p.m.
  • M: 3:30 p.m.
  • N–Q: 4 p.m.
  • R: 4:30 p.m.
  • S: 5 p.m.
  • T–V: 5:30 p.m.
  • W–Z: 6 p.m.

Memorial Junior High School is located at 2721 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL.


Jim Masters
Jim Masters
Jim Masters grew up on 191st Street in Lansing. He attended Nathan Hale Elementary, was a member of St. Ann Church, graduated with the first graduating class at Heritage Middle School, and graduated from TF South High School in 1981. Inspired by his journalism teacher Joe Hyde, Jim earned a BA in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. He has more than 25 years of experience as beat reporter, specializing in government, politics, criminal justice, human interest stories, and education.