Commencement Information

  • Dear Parents and Graduates:

     

    Deer Valley High School will be holding its graduation ceremony at the State Farm Stadium on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 2:30 PM.  The stadium will provide SIX tickets per graduate, which will be distributed at senior checkout. We will also live stream the ceremony so that other family members and friends can view it.  Social distancing protocols for both graduates and guests will be followed.  We are providing the following rules and suggestions in order to conduct a smooth and dignified graduation.  We ask that you review these guidelines, as we must adhere to them in order for the ceremony to meet stadium and state requirements.

     

    Please keep this list for reference:

    • At the beginning of May, a PowerPoint presentation will be sent to each graduate reviewing the procedures the stadium has put in place in order to conduct a safe ceremony.  This presentation will also be reviewed in senior Government/Econ classes.
    • All graduates will be required to complete Senior Checkout on Tuesday, May 18 from 8:00-10:00 AM.  Graduates must have all debts cleared by the bookstore, library and cafeteria.  At checkout graduates will receive a custom DVHS mask, immunization records, ceremony tickets, parking map for the stadium, cap/gown unit and diploma.
    • Graduation will be at the State Farm Stadium on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 2:30 PM.  Graduates and guests should arrive at the Stadium by 1:30 PM.
    • It is suggested that parents drive to the stadium with the graduate.   We have been assigned the EAST parking lot and our entrance for parents and graduates will be GATE 3.  A parking map with directions for both general and handicapped parking will be posted on our website and the DVUSD website. It is imperative that you follow the directions as to which side of the stadium to park at and which entrance to use.  Guests will not be admitted before 1:30 PM and must sit in ticketed assigned seats. Social distancing and masks will be strictly enforced.

     

    GRADUATE PROCESS

    • Graduates must wear the custom DVHS mask they were provided at Senior Checkout along with their navy blue cap and gown.  Gowns are to be carried in and put on after being checked in by DVHS staff.
    • Graduates will be guided to enter the building at the same gate as their guests.
    • At the gate, the graduates will have a separate entrance to check in with their school officials.
    • Once inside, the student will proceed down the instructed set of stairs to the stadium floor. 
    • The show floor will have a mirrored set of chairs as the waiting area that are six-feet apart to adhere to social distancing for the students. 
    • The graduates will have assigned seats and will follow teacher direction within their row/section for instructions.
    • Once the ceremony begins, the graduates will walk along the stadium east or west walls with adequate spacing between each student as they proceed to the north side of the floor to be seated.
    • Upon the conclusion of ceremony, graduates will be instructed to exit the same stairwell entered while still adhering to social distancing.
    • Graduates and guests will be asked to refrain from congregating outside the stadium. 

     

    ATTENDEE PROCESS

    • Masks will be required for all guests.  Per stadium guidelines, face coverings must be properly worn and completely cover the nose and mouth.  In accordance with CDC guidelines, face shields are not an acceptable replacement for a face covering and may not be utilized in place of a face covering.  In addition face coverings with exhalation valves or vents are not acceptable for use.
    • Each student graduate will be allowed six tickets for guests to attend the ceremony.
    • Guests will be asked to park in the Gate 3 parking lot and arrive at their gate opening time to avoid large crowds on the plaza. 
    • When gates open, each guest must have a ticket to be allowed admittance.  
    • Upon arrival, the guest will be asked to sit in their assigned seat printed on their ticket. If ADA seating is required, a stadium representative can assist. 
    • Once the graduation has ended, the guests will be instructed to exit at the same gate they entered. 
    • Graduates and guests will be asked to refrain from congregating outside the stadium.
    • Graduates will be seated on the main floor of the stadium in alphabetical order A-K on the right side as you face the stage and L-Z on the left side as you face the stage. Names will be read alternating right side, left side.  Guests will be in the audience stands in the north end zone section.  No guests will be allowed on the floor of the stadium. 
    • The audience stands as the graduates enter and remains standing through the presentation of colors, National Anthem, and Pledge of Allegiance.
    • An official photographer will take pictures of all graduates receiving their diplomas. Also, an official videographer will video the ceremony. Hand held video cameras will be allowed; however the stadium does not allow video camera stands.  We also ask that you not leave your seat to take pictures.  This policy is a courtesy to the other spectators and will be enforced by stadium security.  Both the photographs and DVD are available for purchase.  Information will be posted on the school website.

     

    GRADUATE AND AUDIENCE DRESS AND DECORUM

    • Male graduates should wear dress slacks, socks and shoes, and a “proper” shirt with collar.  Ties are preferred. Female graduates are discouraged from wearing floor-length dresses.  Female graduates should wear dresses or skirts and blouses or dress slacks outfits.  Both males and females should remember that graduation is a dignified occasion.  Restrooms will not be available for dressing/appearance purposes so please come to the ceremony ready.
    • Graduates should carry their cap and gown into the stadium.
    • Purses/cell phones should not be carried by graduates during the ceremony.  Please leave them with family or friends.
    • Caps and Gowns may not be decorated.  Tassels will be worn on the right side of the cap.
    • See below for approved regalia:
      • Graduates will wear school approved cap, tassel, medallion and gown without alterations or additional decoration. Corsages, wrist corsages, boutonnieres or leis may not be worn on top of gowns.
      • School administration may approve graduates to wear additional regalia that meet the following criteria:
          • Awarded by an organization with academic association affiliated with a DVUSD high school
          • Awarded by an organization associated with a national honor society which has a minimum GPA requirement or some other academic criteria
          • Stole provided by the school for the senior officers of the student government body of the school designating their position of office
          • Medallion provided by the school for the students in top 1% of the graduating class
          • Provided by a United States military branch

    No other regalia may be worn over the graduation gowns.

    • Following the closing, graduates and guests will exit GATE 3.    All participants and spectators must vacate the facility immediately as another graduation follows us.  PLEASE do not congregate in front of GATE 3.  Due to social distancing guidelines, you must exit to your vehicles immediately.

     

    There are certain expectations for audience behavior.  The stadium and Deer Valley Unified School District will not allow items such as noise makers, air horns, beach balls, helium balloons, posters, aerosol cans, beverage containers, glass containers or vases, coolers, laser pointers, smokeless cigarettes, drones, selfie sticks or any other items that will be a disruption to the ceremony in the facility.  This applies to graduates, parents, and guests.  A complete list will be posted on both the Deer Valley High School website and district website. The stadium will strictly enforce checking for these prohibited items.

     

    Graduation is a momentous occasion, and we want the decorum to make it memorable for years to come.  Thank you for your continued and phenomenal support of Deer Valley High School.

     

    Kind Regards,


    Kim Crooks, Principal

    Deer Valley High School

     

     

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