Senior Graduation Information

Highland High School

CLASS OF 2017 Commencement Information

In addition to the below information, it is important Seniors do the following: Keep grades up, attend all classes, have transcripts from online classes turned in (classes outside of GPS should have been completed by April 28th), clear themselves by May 17th through the Bookstore and Library (books & fees) and possibly Athletics, and Music (uniforms/equipment), and complete all discipline assignments.

Baccalaureate Ceremony sponsored by the Class of 2017 will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm in the Highland High School Auditorium.

Baccalaureate is a more solemn and uplifting ceremony, in comparison to the celebratory atmosphere of the Graduation ceremony. It is intended to be a family ceremony that celebrates this achievement in your children’s lives.

Due to overflowing turnout and capacity constraints in recent years, we will be hosting two Baccalaureate sessions this year to accommodate the Class of 2017. The schedule for Baccalaureate will be as follows:

Sunday, May 21st 2017
Session 1 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm (graduates report to Hawk Hall at 12:30pm in cap & gown attire)

Session 2 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm (graduates report to Hawk Hall at 2:30pm in cap & gown attire)

Students who plan to participate should be dressed in their graduation cap, gown and tassel and meet in Hawk Hall by 12:30 pm for the 1:00pm ceremony and at 2:30pm for the 3:00pm ceremony. Students may sit with their friends.

Commencement Rehearsal will be on Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 am, in Hawk stadium. The seating assignments for Commencement will be posted on May 19th in the Office, Hawk Hall and the Bookstore. Please check your seating assignment for row number and stadium side (East or West); faculty member assigned as your line leader; and evening room assignment. Rehearsal is MANDATORY; Seniors must be in attendance and on time in order to participate in commencement. Seniors, please see Mr. Bassett, Assistant Principal with any questions.

Commencement Ceremony will be Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 pm. Students must report to assigned rooms at 6:00 pm. Students not in rooms at this time will not be allowed to walk. Keep in mind, graduation night traffic will be heavy, please give yourself extra time.

ATTIRE for Graduation Activities
· Gown, Hood, Cap, & Tassel–Your tassel should be placed on the right side of your cap. Caps are not to be altered in any manner. Bring bobby pins for your cap if necessary.

· Gentlemen – Shirt, dress pants, socks and dress shoes required. No jeans or shorts are permitted.

· Ladies – Dresses or blouse and dress pants and dress shoes required. No jeans or shorts are permitted.

· Students dressed inappropriately will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

· IMPORTANT NOTE: All Graduation caps and gowns must be purchased through Jostens to ensure continuity of Graduation attire. Contact Jostens at or 602-765-7227 or visit the Bookstore if you have not placed your order. Please note: All Graduates will wear black caps and gowns.

 The Senior Class has requested that no noisemakers be used at their graduation ceremony. Many times, names of fellow students cannot be heard because of noisemakers. Thank you for supporting their request.

Important Dates to Remember
May 17 - Senior Finals - 7th hour - Assigned Rooms
May 18 - Senior Finals - A, 4th, 5th and 6th hours - Assigned Rooms
May 19 - Senior Finals - A, 1st, 2nd and 3rd hours - Assigned Rooms
May 19 - Senior Picnic - 1:30pm-3:30pm - HHS Practice Fields
May 21 - Baccalaureate - 1:00pm & 3:00 pm - Auditorium (Seniors arrive @12:30pm or 2:30pm --Hawk Hall in cap & gown attire)
May 23 - MANDATORY Graduation Rehearsal - 7:00 am - Hawk Stadium (regular school attire)
May 23 - Graduation Ceremony - 7:00 pm - Hawk Stadium (Seniors arrive @ 6:00pm in cap & gown attire.)

GRADUATION NIGHT Procedures & Expectations
1. Graduates must report by 6:00 pm, to assigned classroom and check in with line leader.
2. Graduates will then assemble in Hawk Hall.
. The graduation procession will walk south from Hawk Hall towards the stadium where they will split in 2 to walk through the “Walk of Honor” from each side of the field while the traditional bagpipe band leads them onto the field.
4. The ceremony begins with presentations from Eagle Scouts Honor Guard, HHS choir and HHS band.
5. Diplomas will be distributed, as follows:
· One full West and East row will stand and move out to line up along the field approaching the appropriate side of the speaker’s platform. At the direction of the line leader and usher, rows will stand and proceed to these lines.
· Student Council names will be called and then the Senior names will be called in alphabetical order, alternating with one senior from the West and a senior from the East, until all diplomas have been awarded.
· When a graduate’s name is called, they will step onto the platform and receive their diploma. Once all graduates have received their diplomas and have returned to their chairs, Spencer Gurr (Senior Class President) will direct graduates to move their tassels from RIGHT to LEFT.
· When the ceremony is over, line leaders will distribute diploma inserts. Immunization records will be included with the diploma insert. KEEP this record, DO NOT throw it away.
· Professional photographs will be taken as you receive your diploma cover.
· Both sides of the stadium will be open for seating of parents, relatives and friends. The auditorium will be open and air-conditioned as another seating option. Limited handicapped seating will be available on the track, but is restricted to 4 seats per family. Call 480-813-0051 x4057 to request special seating.
6. Behavior:
· Students with inappropriate objects (balloons, beach balls, signs, noisemakers, etc…) in their possession will have the object confiscated and/or the student will be removed from the ceremony.
· Students seeking to disrupt the ceremony in any way will be removed by Gilbert Police and security.
· Students smelling of/or under the influence of alcohol, drugs, etc. may not participate in the ceremony and will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with District policy.

If you should have any questions, please call Rene’ Warren at 480-813-0051 x4057.


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