Davis Senior High School  Logo
About DHS Academic Center Councils and Committees Final Exam Schedule Graduation Mission Statement and Schoolwide Learner Outcomes Course Descriptions Parent Information Schedule SolarGuard Special News and Events Summer Office Hours TESTING Tours of Campus Yearbook
Staff Directory Administration Art Career Technical Education Counseling English Library Math Music Physical Education Science Social Science Special Education World Languages
Library Student Resources Subject Resources
Counseling DSHS Student Health & Wellness College Application Information College Night Naviance Career Center Enrollment TRANSCRIPTS
ATHLETICS Athletics Calendar


Davis Senior High School

Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony

Continuing the legacy begun by the Class of 2011, the Class of 2019 is proud to host their graduation ceremony on campus at Halden Field at the Ron and Mary Brown Stadium on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a mandatory graduation practice at 8:30 a.m. that same morning.  All students must attend graduation practice in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.  Each graduate will receive important graduation information in an April letter from Principal Tom McHale.  There will also be a senior assembly on April 25th in the North Gym.    

The ceremony is a dignified celebration of the 13 years of hard work and effort our students have undertaken.  Davis Senior High School staff works towards making sure the ceremony reflects these accomplishments.  Working in collaboration with students, teachers, parents, and members of the community, our graduation staff is proud to host an event that will celebrate the spirit of Davis Senior High School.


Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page will be updated with information as we determine our answers, so please check back regularly if you have any questions.

If you have specific questions not address in this document, you may direct them to Vice Principal Amelia Hess at amhess@djusd.net or Athletic Director Jeff Lorenson at jlorenson@djusd.net.

Who can I talk to if my graduate needs to leave the graduation ceremony early due to religious or medical reasons? 

Please contact Vice Principal Amelia Hess at amhess@djusd.net or 530-757-5400 Ext. 114 to make arrangements.

When is the Senior Assembly?

The senior assembly is set for May 29, 2019, during the last 30 minutes of 4th period. This assembly is for students only and will take place in the North Gym. 

How do I get a graduation cap/gown/tassel unit for Graduation?

The school will issue a cap/gown/tassel to each graduate free of charge.  These items are ordered and distributed by DHS.  Graduates receive their cap/gown/tassel unit on May 29, 2019 after the senior assembly. 

How do I apply to be a student speaker at graduation?

Applications become available in the office starting February 1.  Please ask Ms. Marlen Cabrera for a 2019 Graduation Speech Application.  The application and typewritten speech are due April 5, 2019 by 4 p.m.  Finalists will be invited to a live audition held on April 18, 2019. Student must be present at the live audition to be considered.  Speakers are chosen and notified by April 23, 2019.

When and where will the Senior Assembly be held? Who is invited to attend?

The Senior Assembly will be in the North Gym in May (date & time TBA).  This is a student assembly.  Teachers will escort senior classes to the N Gym.  At the end of the assembly, students will have an opportunity to turn in their permanent address card and possibly receive their cap/gown/tassel unit (depending on date).

What is the Senior Permanent Address Card?

This is a half sheet that requests a permanent home address from every senior.  This information is used in the event the school needs to contact the student after graduation and for future mailings and events. Students will receive this card during the Senior Assembly.

How many seats can I request for the ceremony?

Each graduate will receive four (4) free tickets to the ceremony.  Additional tickets may be purchased for $8 each, which goes to help defray the costs of the event.  You may purchase as many extra tickets as you need.  Please note that children too big for laps will need a ticket.

How do I get my four free tickets for the ceremony?

Every student will automatically receive 4 free tickets.  All tickets (4 free + any purchased) will be distributed after the mandatory graduation rehearsal the morning of June 14, 2019.   You will receive a mailing with more information early April.

How do I purchase additional graduation tickets?

You may purchase additional tickets online through the BlueDevilOnlineStore (see DHS webpage) starting May 1, 2019 ($8 each) and both online & in-person starting May 15, 2019.  All in-person purchases are done at the Finance Office from 5/15/19 – 5/23/19 (during lunch only).

  • Pay online starting May 1, 2019 by clicking on the “pay online” icon.  This will take you to the BlueDevilOnlineStore on the Davis High School Webpage.
  • Go to the Finance Office starting May 20, 2019 during lunch to purchase your additional tickets and let us know if there are any seating accommodations needed for your tickets.


Who do I talk to regarding special circumstances in obtaining tickets?

Your counselor or any Vice Principal can assist you.  Please contact someone at a suitable time.

How will the DHS staff determine where we sit?

All seating is general admission.  It is important that you arrive as a group since all seats including the bleachers are filled from front to back by the ushers.  Saving seats is not permitted.  Guests will be asked to yield handicap seating to those who need it.

Will I be able to see? Hear?

Yes!  We have reputable local businesses in charge of making sure our speeches and names reach all corners of the stadium, and we will have a high definition jumbo screen on site so you can see a close up of the graduates.  We will also have sign interpreters present.

When will the additional tickets go on sale to the community?

After we have filled all our graduate’s ticket purchases, we will put any remaining seats on sale to the community.  Additional tickets may be purchased at the Finance Office.  Any remaining seats and standing room only tickets will be sold at the door starting at 5:00 p.m. on the day of the event.

What’s the deal with decorating caps?

Every school approaches their ceremony differently based on the values of the school and community.  No decorated mortarboards will be allowed into the graduation ceremony.  This decision is a step to maintain a formal tone to the celebration.  Please note that all caps/gowns/tassels are property of DJUSD and may not be modified in any way prior to the event.  We do not keep any units in stock.  Students without proper attire and an intact cap/gown/tassel will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. 

Individualized stoles, chords, leis, and sashes are welcome!

How can I contribute or help?

  • Financially:  The graduation ceremony is expensive to put on and we would appreciate any financial assistance you would like to offer.  If you would like to donate to our event, you can make payments out to “Davis Senior High School Graduation 2019” to the Davis Senior High School Finance Office, 315 West 14th Street, Davis CA 95616.
  • Volunteer:  Our event also takes many hands, backs, and hours of volunteer work from our community to be successful. Contact Amelia Hess at amhess@djusd.net if you would like to donate your labor or services.  We especially need help with line leaders (leading the graduates onto the field and sitting with them during the ceremony).  This is a great way to be part of your child’s graduation.


How do I pick up my actual diploma?

Diplomas will not be issued on the day of graduation.  The front office will start distributing diplomas on June 25, 2019 during regular business hours.  Identification is required. Diplomas will only be distributed to the graduate or a legal parent/guardian if student is under 18.  If you are 18 and want another adult to pick up your diploma for you, you must complete a release waiver.  Release waivers are available during the senior assembly, at graduation practice on June 14, and at the front office during regular business hours.  IMPORTANT: No diploma will be given to parent/guardian of 18 year old graduates without a signed release waiver.


How early should my family and friends arrive for the event?

Sale of additional tickets starts at 5 p.m.  Gates will open at 6:30pm for the event. General admission seating will be honored on a first come, first serve basis. There will be no “saving” of seats.  We encourage families to arrive early and for your party to arrive together.

How early should graduates arrive to the DHS North Gym prior to the ceremony?

Student graduates need to report to the North Gym by 6:30 p.m.  All graduates must have their cap/gown/tassel with them.  Parents and other guests are not allowed in the North Gym at this time. Please make sure graduates have everything they need prior to entering the gym.  No food or drinks are allowed in the gym.  Please eat prior to the ceremony since the ceremony is scheduled to last at least 2 ½ hours. Water will be provided for all graduates.

Where can we park?

Parking will be available at the Veterans Memorial parking lot and the St. James parking lot.  We strongly encourage families to carpool, ride their bikes, or walk to the event. Oak Street will be closed off to through traffic.  The North Gym/Stadium lot will be handicap parking only (must present a DMV issued handicap placard or DHS issued parking pass).

Will reserve parking be available for persons with disabilities?

Yes. Parking for those with DMV and school issued permits will be held in reserve at the North Gym/Stadium parking lot. If you need a handicap parking permit, please request one online when you purchase additional tickets.  If you are not purchasing additional tickets you may request a DHS graduation handicap parking permit from Marlen Cabrera, VP Secretary in the Office.  If you have a DMV issued handicap placard you do not need a DHS Graduation parking permit. 

Will there be concessions at the event? Can I bring my own food and drinks?

There will be refreshments and light snacks for sale at the event. No outside food or drinks will be allowed in the stadium. We encourage families to have dinner prior to the event.  The event is scheduled to last about two and a half hours.

How can I purchase graduation pictures?

Lifetouch will be at the graduation ceremony taking pictures of all graduates.  Please remind your graduate to fill out and return the small white information card distributed during 4th to Marlen Cabrera, VP Secretary.

Can I purchase a video of the ceremony?

Yes!  You may purchase a DVD of the 2019 DHS Graduation through Davis Media for $25 if you order by June 30, 2019 (price goes up to $35 after June 30).  Please go to http://davismedia.org/grad to order a DVD.


Are balloons and umbrellas allowed in the stadium?

No balloons, umbrellas or other large items that may obstruct the view of people around you are allowed in the stadium.

IMPORTANT: Where will we meet our graduate after the event?

An event of this size requires the services of many vendors who need to start taking down equipment (over 4,000 chairs, jumbotron, sound system, video, photo cameras, lots of wiring…etc.) immediately after the ceremony.  In order to ensure the safety of all involved the stadium must be cleared so the different crews and their vehicles are able to do their job safely and efficiently.

The event will end with a recessional that will lead students out of the stadium towards the North Gym.  Please plan in advance a meeting location outside the stadium to meet your graduate after the ceremony. 

Where can I learn more about Davis Grad Night?

The 2019 Davis Grad Night event begins right after the DHS graduation ceremony on June 14, 2019.  For more information, please visit The Davis Grad Night website!


  1. Buy Your Grad Night Ticket!  Buy a ticket for your senior at  https://m.bpt.me/event/3591905.  Reduced price tickets are available to those who need assistance. See your school counselor for more information.
  2. Submit your photo for the Kindergarten Wall at Grad Night.  We are creating a huge kindergarten photo wall for grad night and want to include all seniors on this memorable wall. With over 700 seniors graduating from DHS, DVHS, DSIS and King Hall, we have a huge job. Please submit a digital kindergarten school picture head shot, but if you can't find a school photo a photo close to that age will suffice.    Email the photo to dhskinderphotos@gmail.com If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We are here to help you and definitely want your child to be included on the kindergarten wall.
  3. Sign Up to volunteer on one of our many committees ranging from fundraising to food gathering -- decorating to demolishing - *well sorta, we have to clean up after it is done!  If you’d like to help, email info@davisgradnight.org
  4. Send a sponsor our way!  We are currently accepting 2019 sponsors for this treasured community event and we cannot do it without funding!  Please contact Suzette Smiley-Jewell at ssmileyjewell@gmail.com with referrals and to receive a sponsor packet.
  5. Not sure what Davis Grad Night is?  Learn more at www.davisgradnight.org.   Be sure to also follow along on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for all last minute details.

 We can’t wait to celebrate the class of 2019 and our goal is to have 100% attendance from every graduating senior in Davis schools!