CLASS OF 2014 GRADUATION
Graduation is Thursday, May 22rd, 2014 8 PM
VERRADO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC FIELD
CLEAR YOUR ACCOUNTS
- Have you checked your student account for any outstanding balance due? You can access your account through the VHS website, or the bookstore will be able to assist with checking your balance.
- Not sure if you have any library books overdue? Stop by the library for assistance.
All textbooks must be returned to the Bookstore before the end of the school year. Senior deadline: May 16th - Seniors must return all books in order to check out.
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Take advantage of College Goal Sunday!
February 22nd & 23rd
Graduation is Thursday, May 22, 2014 @ 8PM
Verrado High School Stadium
Graduation is rapidly approaching and we want you to have information regarding some important dates and the ceremony itself. Please pay close attention to the Schedule of Events included in this packet and to the following information. Graduation is a special night for seniors and their families, and we are excited about our graduation ceremony. Our graduation committee which consists of students, student government members, staff, and faculty has helped to shape the events for this year's commencement activities.
It is very important that all seniors concentrate on meeting graduation requirements and comply with the schedule of events. The State of Arizona and the Agua Fria Union High School District Governing Board do not permit students to receive diplomas unless all requirements have been fully met. Communication with your child and his/her teacher(s), to ensure passing grades, is essential. Any student who fails to meet academic graduation requirements, fails to comply with the schedule of events, and/or chooses to not follow the guidelines for demeanor and dress will not be allowed to participate in, or attend, the graduation exercises as a member of the Class of 2014. It is important to note that graduation practice is mandatory for any student planning to participate in the graduation ceremony. Taking part in the Senior Honors and Awards Program and Commencement Exercises is a privilege; we want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate.
***Please be aware that senior trips or senior ditch days are not condoned or endorsed by Verrado High School or the Agua Fria Union High School District. These events are NOT school sponsored activities.
***In addition, please be certain that your student has paid all fees prior to Senior Check Out on Thursday, May 15th, and Friday, May 16th. Diplomas will not be issued to students until all fees have been paid, and all other obligations to the school have been resolved (lost texts, library books, uniforms, equipment, etc.). If you are having financial difficulties please stop by the bookstore to discuss a payment plan.
GRADUATION CAP & GOWN: Order your graduation cap & gown on-line through www.graduationproducts.net. Or you can contact Jostens at 602-765-7227.
GRADUATION SPEAKERS: There will be three student speakers in the graduation ceremony. Any student interested in auditioning for this honor should sign up with Mr. Huffman’s secretary by 3:30 PM on Friday April 11th. Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday April 22nd and Thursday April 24th of April. Speeches should be approximately three minutes in length. Further information will be available at sign up.
SENIOR CHECK OUT: Seniors will check out with their Guidance Counselors on Thursday May 16 from 12:30 ~ 3:00 PM and Friday May 17 from 8:00 AM ~ noon. All debts must be taken care of, and equipment, uniforms and/or materials must be returned before a student will be cleared to participate in graduation. Once the senior has checked out, he/she is not to be on campus until the graduation practice unless you have made an appointment to conduct official school business.
DRESS FOR THE GRADUATION CEREMONY PRACTICES: Clothing worn to practice and school events must be in compliance with the Verrado dress code.
Don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and/or hats for graduation practice. Water will
be provided during practice, it is usually very warm on that morning.
PICTURES FOR PURCHASE: Duke Photography will be taking candid pictures as each student receives their diploma. You will receive a Duke order envelope at Senior Check-out with information regarding the optional purchase of these pictures. Orders will be collected in the main gym prior to the graduation ceremony.
DRESS FOR THE GRADUATION CEREMONY AND HONORS PROGRAM: All graduates will wear official school recognized graduation caps and gowns at the graduation ceremony.
The cap should be worn straight and level and pulled down slightly on the forehead. Caps and gowns are not to be altered in any way or to have any writing, emblem or insignia on them. Each student will be checked as they arrive at the graduation ceremony to ensure compliance with the dress code. Students out of compliance will be asked to change prior to the ceremony.
Dress for the honors assembly is semi-formal as would be common at a winter formal dance. Any honors tassels/pins are welcome to worn at this program only.
LADIES: Wear dresses or dress pants (black preferred). Dresses should not hang below your graduation gown. Denim of any color and/or shorts are not acceptable. Dress or formal type shoes must be worn (black recommended). Beach sandals, flip flops, tennis shoes, etc. are unacceptable. You will be walking across a grass field, so to prevent injury, spiked heels are strongly discouraged. If you have a question regarding dress, please contact the office.
GENTLEMEN: Wear a dress shirt (short or long sleeves) with appropriate traditional necktie (recommended) and (black preferred) dress slacks. Denim of any color may not be worn. Dress shoes (black recommended) and socks must be worn. Sandals, flip-flops, tennis shoes or beach shoes, etc. are unacceptable. If you have a question regarding dress, please contact the office.
PARKING: Parking on campus is limited. The east and west school parking lots will fill up very quickly, so please try to carpool and arrive early.
BLEACHER SEATING: Bleacher seating is first come, first serve. Tickets are not required for bleacher seating. Gates will open at 6:30 PM.
FIELD SEATING: Each graduate will be given 2 tickets at Senior Check-Out for parents, family, or friends to use for field seating. Admission to field seating will be by ticket only. Field ticket holders must arrive and be seated no later than 7:50 PM. There will be no field access after this time. Field ticket holders are to remain in their seats throughout the ceremony as standing to take pictures, standing along the fence and track area prohibits family and guests from viewing the ceremony. We appreciate your cooperation.
TRACK SEATING: Passes for guests who require special assisted seating will be available during Senior Check-out.
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR: Appropriate behavior and procedures were addressed at the Senior Assembly during the 2014 Spring Semester. If any student is disrupting the graduation ceremony, he or she will be removed from the field. This is an important night in the lives of our students and we want the ceremony to reflect the dignity of the occasion. Disruption to the Graduation Ceremony and/or any other Graduation related events could lead to a student's diploma being held. Any graduate whose diploma held may make an appointment with an administrator beginning Tuesday May 27, 2014 to discuss his/her diploma status.
PRE-GRADUATION LINE UP: Graduates must be in the gymnasium by 7:00 PM to line up for the ceremony. Only Graduates are allowed in the gymnasium prior to the Graduation Ceremony!! No visitors, purses, backpacks, camera bags, food, drinks, or any other kind of container will be allowed in the gymnasium. Water will be provided for the graduates. Graduate check-in starts at 7:00 PM. Graduates will not be allowed to leave and then re-enter. Anyone not in the gym for line up and attendance will not be permitted to be a part of the commencement exercises.
DIPLOMA PICK-UP: During The Graduation Ceremony, seniors will be handed a diploma cover. Graduates will be able to receive their diploma after the ceremony
at a table located in the southeast corner of the track, or picked up the following week. Family members or friends will be prohibited to sign for the graduate’s diploma.
*** Courtesy and respect for all graduates is expected by the guests. The family and friends of each graduate deserve the opportunity to hear their child's name being called to the stage to receive his or her diploma.
*** Students from the Agua Fria JROTC will be presenting colors once the graduates are in their seats. Please stand and remove your hats at that time.
*** Event programs will be available at the commencement ceremony free of charge.
"You get a strange feeling when you're about to leave a place, like you'll not only miss the people you love, but you'll also miss the person you are now at this time and place you'll never be this way ever again.”, a fitting quote from, of all books, Winnie the Pooh. You have earned the right to graduate, for every day you came to school, for every night you studied, and for every test you took. You made the choice to make it to this point, just as you will with every continued choice in your life.
We look forward to joining you in celebrating the commencement of your son or daughter. Please feel free to call the school if you have any questions pertaining to Graduation or other events.
*** All times, dates, and information are accurate at this time, but are subject to change***
GRADUATION EVENTS CALENDAR
Wednesday, May 7
Check-out sheets and directions distributed to seniors in advisory
Tuesday, May 13
Seniors last regular day of class
Wednesday, May 14
8:15 – 11:20AM
Regular class periods 1 and 2
11:25AM – 3:00PM
Senior final exams period 3 and 4
Thursday, May 15
8:15 – 11:20AM
Senior final exams period 1 and 2
12:30 – 3:00PM
All textbooks/athletic gear to be returned and debts cleared in the bookstore prior to checkout
Senior Honors and Awards Assembly (VHS auditorium)
Friday, May 16
8:00AM – 12:00PM
All textbooks to be returned and debts cleared in the bookstore prior to checkout
Wednesday, May 21
7:30 – 10:00 AM
Graduation Practice, report to the gymnasium
Thursday, May 22
7:30 – 10:00 AM
Graduation Practice (if needed), report to the gym
Seniors check in for graduation in the gymnasium
Graduation Ceremony at Verrado Stadium
Diploma pick-up, SE corner of stadium