Listen up, graduating class!


Illustration by Keesha Kamura

The 2018 graduation ceremony will take place on Friday, June 8. Seniors are required to attend a mandatory graduation rehearsal, which will begin at 7:30 a.m.

After rehearsals, caps and gowns and tickets can be picked up in the main gym immediately following graduation practice. Jostens will also be selling caps and gowns for $55 cash. Each student will be provided seven tickets and no further tickets will be sold. If students need additional tickets, it is recommended to find a peer who does not need all of their tickets. Take note that even children need their own tickets, including infants, so plan accordingly.                                                       

The week of graduation will also serve as finals week for seniors, specifically the last block days of the school year, June 6-7. For a chance to relax after finals, make sure to attend Senior Sunset on Thursday, June 7. Incidentally, at the Senior Sunset, students will be able to participate in a raffle to win an additional graduation ticket, as well as a separate raffle on Monday, June 4 in the counseling office.

If your loved ones are unable to attend, the commencement ceremony will be live streamed this year. The livestream will be available to watch on the Blackhawk website in real time and people can also watch the video afterward.

The last day for seniors to return textbooks to the Media Center is on Thurs., June 7, as students will not be able to participate in graduation until their textbooks have been checked in to the library or they have paid the fines due to athletics, ASB, and the cafeteria. The senior survey must also be complete in order to be eligible for graduation.

Finally, the graduation ceremony on Fri., June 8 will begin at 7:30 p.m., but graduating seniors need to be in the gym by 6:30 p.m. There will be a 30-minute window after the ceremony in which students can pick up their diplomas. If students cannot pick them up in that time, they will also be available for pick up the following week.

After the ceremony, students can get some rest at home before returning to campus at 8:30 a.m. for the Grad Nite trip to Disneyland on Saturday, June 9. Students will return to campus at 5 a.m. on Sunday, June 10.

Let’s finish strong, Class of 2018!