nClass of 2021 — David Rutledge




Important Dates & Deadlines

May 12 & 13
Senior Final Exams

May 14
Final Exam Make-up
Last Day for Seniors

May 24
Cap & Gown pick-up
Ticket pick-up

May 27
Graduation Rehearsal

Time: 9:00 a.m.

May 27
GRADUATION: Baxter Arena

7:00 p.m.




Ms. E. Dionne Kirksey


Julie Politi


Angie Meyer


Sheri Harrach



Paul Nielson

Mallory Mohr

Central seniors will graduate on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Baxter Arena at 7:00 PM 

CLICK HERE for the live stream!

Graduation Announcement and Cap and Gown Orders

Contact School Traditions @ 402-733-0300 directly if you have not ordered your Cap & Gown. 

Graduation Requirements

Members of the Class of 2021 must earn 49 credits to graduate.  Included in these credits are several required courses that must be passed before a student can graduate.  Please contact Julie Politi  531-299-5661 if you have questions about your son’s or daughter’s credit standing.  You are also encouraged to keep in touch with individual teachers.  Teachers may be contacted by phoning 531-299-2660 and leaving a message for them to return your call. You may also keep track of your student’s academic progress via the Portal.  Please contact Paul Nielson 531-299-5557 or if you need help with your portal account.

Graduation Tickets

Tickets will be required for admission to the 2021 graduation ceremony at the Baxter Arena.  Each graduate will receive four free tickets  No exceptions. Tickets will be picked up on May 24. More details about distribution will follow later.  We appreciate your understanding.

Debts Owed to Schools

Seniors with outstanding debts are not allowed to participate in graduation activities or receive their diplomas.  If your son or daughter owes money for Central High School or any other Omaha Public School, please see that the debt is paid as soon as possible.  Please contact the main office at 531-299-2660 if you have questions about fines.

Expectations of Seniors

The senior year is important, but the temptation to look ahead and lose focus is great.  Seniors may be tempted to slack off academically, miss too many days of school, become involved in inappropriate activities such as vandalism or pranks, participate in the publication of hurtful documents such as senior wills and underground newspapers, “party” in excess, or use poor judgment.  These actions jeopardize their education and can sometimes even endanger their lives and the lives of others.  Our expectations of seniors remain high.  We expect them to be in school, study, and follow the rules.  Those who choose to break the rules will be disciplined.  Disciplinary action may include not participating in the graduation ceremony.

Senior Final Exam Policy

All Seniors will take finals and they will be given on May 12 and May 13.  May 14 is a final make-up day and seniors last day of school.  On May 12 tests will be administered for class periods fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth.  On May 13, tests will be administered for class periods zero, first, second, third, and fourth.  Students who missed tests for any reason will be allowed to make up tests on May 14.  Failure to take a required final exam may result in loss of credit in the class.

Last Day for Seniors

Seniors will officially end the school year on May 14.

Cap and Gown Pick Up

Cap and gowns will be available for pick up at Central High from May 24. It is the graduate’s responsibility to pick up his or her cap and gown at that time and to take them to the graduation ceremony.  The school will not deliver caps and gowns to Baxter Arena.  All graduates must wear a cap and gown purchased from School Traditions in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. 

Graduation Rehearsal

Rehearsal for the graduation ceremony will be held on May 27 at Baxter Arena from 9:00 a.m. until approximately  11:00 a.m. Attendance is mandatory for all seniors planning to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Planning of graduation activities for the Class of 2021 is already under way.  The Central High School staff will strive to make the ceremony very special for the graduates, their families, and friends.

We hope that the information presented  will prove helpful as you plan for the graduation of your son or daughter.  You will receive letters throughout the year with additional information.  If you have questions, please call Assistant Principal, Ms. E. Dionne Kirksey, at 531-299-5670.

Counseling Corner

Members of the Central High senior class must earn a minimum of 49 credits to graduate. This includes credits for several required courses that must be passed before a student can graduate. Please contact academic support Julie Politi 531-299-5661 if you have questions credit standing.
You are also encouraged to keep in touch with individual teachers. Teachers may be contacted by phoning 531-299-2660 and leaving a message for them to return your call or you can email them directly by clicking here. Grade and attendance information are also available on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

These are minimum graduation requirements, and students are encouraged to take more than the minimum.  It is important for students to set up Personal Learning Plans that encompass the academic, educational, and career goals.  Read the individual high school course guides to become more familiar with course work needed to prepare for post-secondary educational and career opportunities.  Individual OPS high school course opportunities may be viewed at individual school websites.

Subject Area Credit Requirements for Graduation
English 8 Credits
Social Studies 7 Credits
Mathematics 6 Credits
Science 6 Credits
Physical Education 4 Credits
Human Growth & Development* 1 Credit
Electives 17 Credits
Total  49 Credits


*Students may opt out of Human Growth & Development with parental permission. A signed waiver is required.