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Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony 

Continuing the legacy begun by the Class of 2011, the Class of 2018 is proud to host their graduation ceremony on campus at Halden Field at the Ron and Mary Brown Stadium on Friday, June 8, 2018 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 in April.     


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 further questions, you may direct them to Vice Principal Amelia Hess at amhess@djusd.net or Athletic Director Jeff Lorenson at jlorenson@djusd.net


When is the Senior Assembly? 

The senior assembly is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 11:40am (last 30 minutes of 4th period) in the North Gym.  Cap/gown/tassel unit will be distributed after the assembly (during lunch) also 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 23, 2018 after the Senior Assembly in the North Gym. 


Where can my graduate purchase graduation announcements? 

You may order online through the Herff Jones website www.HighSchool.HerffJones.com or the direct DHS portal at: https://highschool.herffjones.com/secom/school/CA/DAVIS%2BSENIOR%2BHIGH%2BSCHOOL/04001321000/2638/home 


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

Applications are now available in the office.  Please ask Ms. Marlen Cabrera for a 2018 Graduation Speech Application.  The application and typewritten speech are due April 6, 2018 by 4 p.m.  Finalists are invited to a live audition held on April 19, 2018. Student must be present at the live audition to be considered.  Speakers are chosen and notified by April 23, 2018.


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

The Senior Assembly will be in the North Gym on May 23, 2018.  This is a student assembly.  Their teacher will escort senior classes to the N Gym at 11:40am.  At the end of the assembly, students will have an opportunity to turn in their permanent address card and receive their cap/gown/tassel unit.  


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 8th, 2018.   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 11, 2018  ($8 each) and both online & in-person starting May 21, 2018.  All in-person purchases are done at the Finance Office (during lunch only).  

  • Pay online starting May 11, 2018 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 21, 2018 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 can assist you.  Please contact your counselor by May 15, 2018. 


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 our stadium, and we will have a 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? 

After we have filled all our graduate’s ticket requests, 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 5:00p.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.  Please note that 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 2018” to the Davis Senior High School Finance Office, 315 West 14th Street, Davis CA 95616. 

  • Volunteer:  Our event will also take 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 20, 2018 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.  These release waivers are available during the senior assembly in April, at graduation practice on June 9, and at the front office during regular business hours.  IMPORTANT: No diplomas will be given to parent/guardians 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.


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 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.  


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 information card during graduation practice. 


Can I purchase a video of the ceremony? 

Yes!  You may purchase a DVD of the 2018 DHS Graduation through Davis Media for $25 if you order by June 30, 2018 (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. 


Where will we meet our graduate after the event? 

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.  An event of this size requires the services of many vendors who need to start taking down equipment (3,500+ chairs, jumbotron, sound system, video…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.