SENIOR END OF YEAR INFORMATION AND IMPORTANT DATES

END OF YEAR/GRADUATION INFORMATION FOR SENIORS
Posted on 2010/04/27

ATTENTION SENIORS AND PARENTS:

IMPORTANT REMINDERS AND DATES FOR GRADUATION

  • ARRIVE AT PHOENIX 1ST ASSEMBLY BETWEEN 2:30 – 2:45 SHARP
  • PROCESSIONAL STAGING BEGINS AT 3:15 P.M. SHARP
  • DOORS OPEN FOR GUESTS AT 3:30 P.M.
  • MUSIC PRELUDE STARTS AT 3:30 P.M.
  • CEREMONY BEGINS AT 4:00 P.M. SHARP

Graduation caps and gowns should not be worn before check in. If your cap must be pinned be sure to leave time to do so. It might be a good idea to drive to the church the week before graduation, planning to arrive at 2:45 p.m., in order to estimate the amount of time it will take to get there. Thunderbird is the second graduation of the day and should make both traffic and parking tight. However, allow plenty of time to get there.

GRADUATION GUIDELINES

Participation

Each of you should know that participation in commencement is entirely optional, and there is no penalty if a parent/guardian prefers that the student not participate in the ceremony. A parent must inform Mr. Francis, in writing, that the student will not take part in the ceremony. If you choose to not participate you may pick up your diploma in the Record’s office after May 28.

Dress

Graduates must observe the following dress code if they wish to participate:

For women: Skirts and blouses, dresses or pant suits. Strapless dresses are not encouraged.

For men: Dress shirts, preferably with a tie, and dress slacks.

For all participants: Dress shoes must be worn. No tennis shoes, flip-flops, or denim will be permitted.

What the graduate needs to bring to the facility- Graduates should only bring himself/herself dressed appropriately and cap and gown.

-Do NOT wear cap and gown into the building!!!

-Leave clothes hangers, food, beverage, sunglasses, gum, cell phones, and other items in the car.

-Leave purses or bags in the trunk of your car, but be sure you have your CAR KEYS with you.

Inappropriate Behavior

Any student found to have been drinking, to be under the influence of any drug or to possess alcohol or drugs of any kind will not be permitted to participate. Any behavior that attempts to draw unnecessary attention to himself/herself will not be tolerated. Parents, we are asking for your understanding and cooperation in these issues.

Consequences of Behavior

We will remove students from the ceremony if their behavior is disruptive or dangerous. We do not want to remove anyone but will if necessary.

Tickets

Guests will be admitted into the facility by ticket only. Students will receive the ticket request sheet on April 23, 2010. Please list the name of each guest and the relationship to you. A parent must sign the form and it must be turned in to your Government teacher by Friday, April 30, 2010. Anyone occupying a seat must have a ticket. We will limit requests to 8 tickets per graduate so that everyone has a chance for tickets. The school reserves the right to review the guest list and deny entry of a guest to the ceremony. Graduates may request additional tickets on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by submitting the appropriate form. The form will be in the packet students receive on April 30th. Please do not use the tickets as graduation announcements. Request tickets only for people who will be attending the ceremony!

Guests

Guests must be appropriately dressed for admission to the graduation ceremony. Those who come wearing cut-offs, tee shirts or flip-flops, for example, will be turned away. Please do not bring flowers, balloons, or other gifts to the ceremony. These items will not be allowed into the church, and guests will be asked to take them to their car. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by and sit with an adult. Spectators are asked to act with restraint and not applaud during the calling of graduates’ names. It is devastating to a family to have their graduate’s brief moment stolen by someone’s outburst. Furthermore, the practice of hooting, whistling, or calling out to graduates is very disruptive to the spirit of the ceremony and should not occur. We encourage guests to arrive early; guests that arrive at 4:00 p.m. will have to wait to enter until after the processional.

Professional Photographer

A professional photographer has been contracted to take a photo of each graduate upon receiving his or her diploma. These photos will be available to order and the cost of the photo packets will vary. In addition, the ceremony will be videotaped (DVD) and made available through an order form. Parents and guests may not come down the aisles to take photos or set up video cameras.

Special Needs

The facility is set up to adequately accommodate seating for the handicapped. Please contact Mr. Francis at (623) 915-8908 if you have a guest with special needs.

Important Dates to Remember

Friday, April 23 -Ticket Request Forms distributed in government classes. Students not in attendance need to make contact with Mr. Francis. It is the student’s responsibility to set the appointment.

Friday, April 30 -Ticket request forms will be collected in Government classes.

Tuesday, May 4 -Senior Graduation Parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

Friday, May 14 -Tickets may be picked up in the Counseling office. The schedule will be posted.

I.D. CARD REQUIRED

Wednesday, May 19 -Pick-up additional tickets in the Records office if needed.

Thursday, May 20 -Senior final exams- Periods 4/5, 6, 7  -Regular school day periods 1-3

Friday, May 21 -Senior final exams - Periods 1, 2, 3  -Seniors dismissed after period 3.

  • Books will be checked in by classroom teachers.
  • Remove all personal items from the lockers.
  • All debts must be cleared with cash through the Bookstore.

Monday, May 24 -Mandatory graduation meeting in Thunderbird Auditorium

  • Professional picture information distributed
  • Caps and gowns distributed

Tuesday, May 25 -  GRADUATION DAY

  • Seniors check in at facility at 2:45 p.m.
  • Ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m.