The following information is being provided to answer frequently asked questions about graduation commencement.
It is the philosophy of Granger High School that high school graduation ceremonies are designed to honor graduates with commencement activities that are dignified, with a high level of decorum. We respectfully ask spectators and graduates to act according. Therefore, yelling, screaming, throwing things, blowing horns or similarly disruptive conduct is not appropriate graduation behavior. The following information details the rules and procedures for graduation.
LOCATION AND TIME
• Maverik Center at 3200 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City. Free parking is available.
• Ceremonies begin promptly at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
• Graduates must arrive by 1:35 p.m. Seating will also begin at 1:00 p.m.
• No tickets are required this year for parents and family.
DRESS FOR GRADUATION PRACTICES AND GRADUATION CEREMONY
• School dress standards will be required at all graduation practices.
• For the graduation ceremony, young men should wear dark dress slacks, dress shirt, and necktie;
young women should wear dresses or dressy pant outfits. Levis, khakis, or other informal pants are
discouraged. Shorts, cropped pants, or capris of any kind should NOT be worn.
• Both young men and women should wear dress shoes. (No sport shoes, sport sandals, or beach flip flops)
• Students participating in the commencement ceremony are to wear the prescribed cap and gown
without additional ornamentation or decorations unless issued by the school. Students are encouraged not to wear corsages, leis (flower, candy, money), large beads or necklaces to the commencement. Family members may present their student with flowers and leis after the ceremony for pictures.
• Because participation is not required, it must be understood that students who choose to participate must adhere to these standards. Those who do not comply may be removed from the graduation ceremony.
BEHAVIOR OF GRADUATES
• Appropriate behavior is expected during the ceremony. Any student who acts otherwise can be removed from the graduation area and suspended pending a hearing at the district office.
• A diploma will not be issued to any student ejected from the ceremony that day. PHOTOGRAPHS
• Cameras will not be allowed at any time in the immediate area of graduate seating, in the processional line, or diploma presentation. Pictures can be taken before and after the ceremony.
• Lifetouch photographers will take pictures of individual graduates receiving their diploma and may be purchased later at a reasonable price. Contact them directly at 801-560-7700.
• We ask that all spectators remain seated until the ceremonies are over.
• In order to receive their actual diploma at the end of the ceremony, students will need to turn in
their gown to the representatives from Jostens immediately following the ceremony. Families should not plan to take pictures of their graduates in their gowns outside following the ceremony.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Wednesday, May 15: All library books, textbooks, other materials and lunch fines paid
Thursday, May 16 :Final day for CPA Makeup – D102
Thursday, May 16: Caps and Gowns distribution to graduating seniors without fees/fines or academic holds
Friday, May 17 5:00-8:00 p.m. Yearbook Pool Party
7:30pm Senior Sunset at football stadium (SeniorsOnly)
Saturday, May 18 7:00p.m.-10:00 p.m. Senior Ball
Ember SLC, 623 S. State Street, Salt Lake City Tickets- In Advance $15/Couple, $10/Single
At door $20/Couple, $10/Single
Monday, May 20 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Senior Awards Banquet in the Commons (By Invitation)
Wear your best outfit. Dinner is served from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22 7:30 -12:00 noon *Graduation Practice* MANDATORY ATTENDANCE Students must attend graduation practice to participate in commencement. Meet in the auditorium.
Thursday, May 23
Graduation! Seniors report to Maverik Center at 1:35 p.m. General seating opens for families at 1:00 p.m. Graduation ceremony begins promptly at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 23
9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Senior Breakout – FREE ADMISSION
Only Granger High Seniors will be admitted. Dinner, games, drawings, photo booth, and more surprises. Seniors bring your school ID.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: Students with outstanding fees/fines or academic holds will not be given their cap and gown until all issues have been cleared.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT GRADUATION
The following questions are frequently asked at graduation time. The answers are provided for your information.
1. WHEN DO I PICK UP MY CAP AND GOWN?
Caps and gowns will be distributed May 16th during lunch period. in the auditorium. Seniors must be cleared for graduation by the Main Office and Counseling Office before being issued their cap and gown.
2. WHERE CAN I PICK UP MY CAP AND GOWN AFTER May 16th?
For students who have cleared their fines, returned all their textbooks after the 16th of May, they may pick up their cap and gown from the school counseling center.
3. HOW MANY GRADUATION TICKETS WILL I RECEIVE AND WHEN WILL THEY BE ISSUED? No tickets are required for parents and family this year.
4. IS PARKING AVAILABLE?
Parking is available at the Maverik Center. There is no charge for parking.
5. WHO IS ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY?
Only those students who have met the State and District graduation requirements are allowed toparticipate in the graduation. Seniors who are on suspension at the time of graduation will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremony, but will be allowed to pick up their diploma the following day.
6. DOES A GRADUATE NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CEREMONY TO RECEIVE A DIPLOMA?
No. Participation in the graduation ceremony is optional. Students who do not want to participate can pick up their diplomas from the Counseling Office on the day following the graduation ceremony.
7. ARE PARENTS ALLOWED IN THE LINEUP AREA?
No. With nearly 600 graduates, there would be too much confusion if additional people were in the lineup area. All pictures should be taken before the ceremony begins or following the ceremony.
8. ARE PHOTOGRAPHERS OR PARENTS WITH CAMERAS ALLOWED NEAR THE AREA WHERE GRADUATES ARE SEATED OR WHEN THE GRADUATE RECEIVE THEIR DIPLOMAS?
Because of the problems created by parents and friends taking pictures near the graduation stand, we ask that all pictures be taken before or after the ceremony. A professional photographer
will be in place to take individual pictures of each graduate receiving his/her diploma. These pictures will be made available to you at a reasonable cost.
9. IS THERE A PLACE TO KEEP PURSES AND/OR OTHER PERSONAL VALUABLES?
Yes. Bags may be checked in upon entering the Maverick Center. All cell phones should be left at home or with a parent.
10. MAY MY PARENTS GIVE ME FLOWERS OR GIFTS AS I RECEIVE MY DIPLOMA?
No. Only graduates and assigned personnel will be allowed in the area where graduates are receiving their diplomas.
11. WHERE SHOULD I GO ON GRADUATION DAY AND WHAT TIME SHOULD I BE THERE? Graduates must arrive by 1:35 p.m. They must enter through the ground level doors on the south side. Family and friends will enter through the upper level doors on the south side. Seating for family and friends will also begin at 8:00 am. Traffic may be heavy. Please plan accordingly.
12. IF A GRADUATE IS UNABLE TO ATTEND THE GRADUATION CEREMONY, CAN SOMEONE ELSE TAKE HIS/HER PLACE? No.
13. MAY A STUDENT PARTICIPATE IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY WITHOUT A CAP AND GOWN?
No. Senior students have been given the opportunity to make arrangements for ordering their caps and gowns. Caps and gowns are required for all who choose to participate in the graduation ceremony.
14. WHEN DO I ACTUALLY RECEIVE MY DIPLOMA?
The diploma is received after each senior has properly participated in the graduation ceremony. Immediately following, each senior will be directed where to go in order to pick up his/her diploma.
15. DO I KEEP MY CAP AND TASSEL?
Yes. Students are given their graduation cap and tassel to remember their graduation.
16. WHAT HAPPENS IF A STUDENT IS DISRUPTIVE DURING THE GRADUATION CEREMONY? They will be removed. The diploma will be held pending the outcome of a district hearing.
17. DOES GRANGER HIGH SCHOOL HAVE AN AFTER-GRADUATION PARTY?
No. However, the PTA will sponsor a graduation activity for seniors. It is well supervised by adults and police officers. The PTA sponsored party will be held the night of graduation from 9 p.m.- 2a.m. at Granger High School. ADMISSION IS FREE. Dinner,snacks, prizes, swimming, pictures, and A LOT of games and fun. Only Granger Seniors will be admitted with their student ID.
18. IS HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE SEATING AVAILABLE AT THE MAVERIK CENTER?
Yes. However, because this area is limited, only those needing the seating and one escort may sit in these areas. Hearing impaired help is also available with prior notification.
Graduation is an exciting time for students and their families. All of the information discussed above is intended to make this time as special as possible for all involved. Thank you in advance for your help in these matters and congratulations to all our graduating seniors!