Graduation 2020

Graduation 2020

The 2020 Graduation Committee proudly presents this year’s virtual ceremony, premiering on June 5, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Welcome | Dr. Charles Rick and Rebecca Bullen
Student Speaker | Trent Ramert
Faculty Speaker | Bob Frey
Presentations from all Arts areas
Reading of Graduate names
Final Remarks | Conn McCartan

We love graduation at Perpich and we know this is different. But with the creativity of our students and staff, Perpich shines virtually. Congratulations, Class of 2020!

In the video, you’ll hear from students, faculty, and staff speaking about the accomplishments of the graduates in these extraordinary times. But you won’t hear the name of George Floyd. You won’t hear Mr. Floyd’s name because our graduation video was produced prior to his death. We want to acknowledge that our community and our world have changed significantly since the filming of our graduation video. While the viewing of this celebration is tempered by the circumstances around Mr. Floyd’s death, the promise of these graduates has us envisioning the better world they will create.

2020 Graduation – Perpich Arts High School – Golden Valley, Minnesota





"[Perpich] has given Ana direction, skills, and shown her how to express herself through her art. She has grown enormously, and is forever inspired and changed."

Kelly Wray, Perpich Arts High School Parent:

"Our daughter Lizzy just graduated from Perpich [in 2012]. We had just moved to Minnesota in August, the month before the start of her junior year...(and that fall,) she was able to begin the best two years of schooling in her life. We love the school, the staff and all the school represents in the arts and the community."

Kim Parker, Perpich Arts High School Parent

“Our greatest concern was not being able to supervise him during these vulnerable years. We live 250 miles from the school and we couldn’t imagine how we would be able to maintain the quality of communication we felt necessary to be ‘good’ parents. What resolved our concerns were our observations of how attentive the staff was to the residents. They initiated contact with us as needed. They asked all the ‘right’ questions that showed us they understand kids and understand parents, (i.e., what we needed to feel secure about our son being so far away and in someone else’s care). We also discovered that good communication won’t depend on how physically close you happen to be. We feel we’ve continued to have close intimate connection with our son despite the distance. And the dorm staff fosters it.”

Perpich Arts High School Dorm Parent

"For 17 years I’d carried the bulk of my children’s education myself. Sending the two oldest away to Perpich was a huge step of faith and I have not been disappointed. The teachers, in particular, have been fabulous!"

Merri Mickelson, Perpich Arts High School Parent

“Our greatest concern about sending our daughter to live at the dorm was, of course, her safety. After attending an information session and then orientation day all of us felt much more secure. The dorm is set up very securely with a set of very reasonable yet strict rules; our daughter wanted to attend the Arts High School badly enough that she was willing to follow those rules. We were comfortable with the curfews, the sign in and out procedures, and all the other restrictions (some of which were stricter than home). Our daughter has learned to balance her life on her own, to live with other people and their differences and she’s felt a little freedom.”

Perpich Arts High School Dorm Parent

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