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General graduation information

Graduation is quickly approaching and we are looking forward to sharing this special night with you!


Graduation is one of the most important milestones in a student’s life. It requires decorum, sincerity, and your cooperation to make this a dignified event. Please be mindful that others will be sharing this day with you and the event will go much more smoothly if we remain considerate of this fact. 


We have many activities to celebrate graduation and we encourage students to use these opportunities to celebrate their class.  All of these events are a privilege, not a right and participation in these events is contingent upon satisfactory behavior for the remainder of the school year. Students who violate school or district rules or engage in activities that disturb/disrupt the learning or event environment will receive consequences, up to and including the loss of senior events (including graduation) and/or suspension/expulsion. 


Senior Check-Out:  All seniors must complete a mandatory Senior Check-Out form in order to participate in graduation activities.   Forms are available at link on the left side of this page.  Students must bring their checkout form and funds to pay for any outstanding debts to Senior Check-Out on May 31, from 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. behind the Admin building. Students whose school day ends after 4th or 5th period may check out after the 3rd period final on Friday, May 31 at 11:15 a.m. in the bookkeeper's office.  Students who have a regularly scheduled 6th period class may NOT begin check out until 1:15 p.m.  Students must also return their DVHS padlock at that time.  All students will need to make sure they have their textbooks turned in and all library fines paid prior to completing the checkout process. Please see Mrs. Thomas, our bookkeeper, if you have any financial questions.

Graduation Rehearsal:  Seniors will have lunch together on Wednesday, May 29 from 1:15 – 2:15 and graduation rehearsal begins promptly at 2:15 in the main gym.  If a student misses the rehearsal, he/she will NOT be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.  There will be NO exceptions. 

Graduation:  The graduation ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. on May 31 in the DVHS stadium.  The gates to the stadium will open at 4:00 p.m.  Tickets are not required and are not being issued.  Graduates must check into the Main Gym by 5:00 p.m.


For Students:

Graduation Attire

  • Men are to wear long pants, collared shirts and dress shoes (no sandals/tennis shoes).
  • Women should wear a skirt or dress and wedge-type shoes (no spike heels or flip flops).
  • Caps, gowns and tassels are required for graduation (please secure caps with bobby pins as needed).
  • No exterior decorations other than pre-approved (by admin) cords will be allowed.
  • Caps which were purchased from Josten’s may be decorated according to the guidelines (see link on right side of this page), but administration reserves the right to replace a graduate’s cap that is decorated in an offensive, distracting, or inappropriate manner. 
  • Caps that are on loan from from DVHS & Josten’s may not be decorated and must be returned after the graduation ceremony in their original condition.  Graduates who have borrowed a “loaner” cap/gown will NOT receive their diploma until the loaner items are returned to the Career Center immediately following the ceremony.



Wearing of the Tassel

  • During the processional and throughout the awarding of the diplomas, the tassel is worn on the left side of the mortarboard.
  • On the signal from the class officers after the diplomas have been awarded, the graduates will shift tassels from the left side to the right side of their caps.



  • Graduates will receive their diploma cover on stage and their actual diploma from the row monitor when they return to their seats.
  • Graduates who have borrowed a “loaner” cap/gown will NOT receive their diploma until the loaner items are returned to the Career Center immediately following the ceremony.


Campus Security:

  • There will be 24-hour security guards patrolling the campus on the days leading up to the ceremony.


Prohibited Items

  • Air horns and other loud noise-making devices.
  • Balloons or decorations that obstruct the view of others.
  • Beach balls or other items that will distract from the ceremony.


For Parents and Guests:

Announcing the Graduates

  • Students have selected a special staff member to read their name as they cross the stage; therefore, students will NOT be sitting in alphabetical order.
  • We are reminding students to take note of where they are sitting during rehearsal so that they can share their seat location with family and loved ones.



  • Family members and friends are encouraged to remain in their seats and enjoy the ceremony.  There will be ample opportunity to take personal photos after the ceremony.
  • Studio One Photography will be on hand to capture the perfect photo of your student with their diploma as they exit the stage.  A link to order these photos will be furnished to the graduates during their mandatory practice on Wednesday, May 29, and is also posted on the DVHS website.


Graduation Seating

  • Seating arrangements are on a first come, first serve basis; no tickets will be issued.
  • Please do not save seats for other guests.
  • Family members and guests may sit in the bleachers and on the chairs located on the track.
  • Handicap seating is available in the bleachers with ramp access and at the bottom row at the 50 yard line.
  • We will have curbside shuttles available for people needing additional assistance reaching the stadium. The location for pick up will be in front of the main gym.



  • Please park in designated parking stalls only in the front and rear parking lots.
  • NO parking at these locations: the front loop, tennis courts or Venture School parking lots.
  • Parking in the surrounding neighborhoods is permitted on certain streets.
  • The parking spaces located near the main gym and PAC will be reserved for handicapped parking. You MUST have a handicapped-parking placard to park in this area.


Meeting Your Students

  • Upon completion of the ceremony, families may greet their graduate on the track.


We are looking forward to sharing this special night with you!