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Graduation at a G’Lance 4/15

Graduation Information Night was a success! We had a great turnout of parents and students. Most of the questions parents brought up were about graduation ticket distribution, so I’ve updated the information below to answer some of those questions. Graduation is just 8 weeks away. Now is the time to get those final checklist items checked off so you’ll be ready to walk.

Ticket Distribution

Tickets will be available for graduating students at the front office during student lunch starting on May 14. The Hult Center requires a ticket for every person who enters the concert hall, including infants. Tickets will be free to all graduating students. Each student will receive six reserved tickets. There are not enough seats in the orchestra section (main floor) to guarantee that all reserved tickets will be in that section. We do guarantee that at least two reserved tickets will be in the orchestra section (main floor). The remaining four tickets will be in the orchestra or mezzanine (second floor) as available. Most students will be able to get all six reserved tickets in the orchestra section. For the best chance, you should make sure you are cleared to graduate before ticket distribution starts on May 14. Students may request additional tickets until all sections are sold out. Any student who requests more than 14 tickets must bring a note from a parent/guardian. Any reserved tickets remaining will be released for distribution at graduation rehearsal and half an hour before the ceremony begins in the Hult Center lobby.

Graduation Performer Auditions—April 24, 25 (sign up by this Wednesday)

Audition sign-ups and rules are now posted in the front office. Any senior who wishes to perform or give a speech at graduation must audition.

  • Performers must be cleared to graduate.
  • Audition material must be three minutes or less.
  • Audition material must be school-appropriate.
  • Performers must be performance-ready at the audition. This means memorized or with note cards and you should bring your accompanist, props, or other special equipment with you to the audition.
  • Bring three copies of your speech, poem, music, script, etc. to give to the judges.
  • Up to two friends will be allowed into the auditorium during your audition.

Dress Code and Cap Decorations

This information will be shared again before cap and gown pickup on May 22. Cap decorations must be two-dimensional (cannot stick up above or hang below the mortarboard) and school-appropriate. Mortarboards should be worn flat on top of the head, parallel to the floor. Jewelry and items of personal significance must be worn in a way that does not take away from the uniform appearance of the cap and gown. Culturally-significant regalia is permitted only with approval from the principal. Leis may not be worn during the ceremony but may be gifted to graduates after the ceremony.

Notes from the Principal

Churchill does not support senior skip day. Students who are not present without a valid excuse will be marked unexcused.

Graduation is usually an hour and a half long. Young children and infants may be happier at home with a sitter.

Noisemakers (cowbells, horns, sirens etc.) and excessive applause disrupt the ceremony and make it longer. Please be respectful of all our graduates and leave noisemakers at home or wait until the end of the ceremony, after the throwing of the caps, to use them.

The Graduation Checklist

The Graduation Checklist is now posted on the graduation website at and in the front office, or click HERE. The “Number of Credits” column will be updated as counselors confirm graduation eligibility for all seniors and early graduates. Some students may not see a change in this column until after midterm grades are complete.

How to Use the Graduation Checklist

To protect student privacy, the checklist is published with student numbers, rather than names. You can find your student number on your most recent report card. In ParentVUE or StudentVUE, go to the Report Card tab and click the link that says “Click here to view report card […].”

A check mark means that your requirements for that column are complete. Incomplete requirements will have a note indicating who can help you finalize that requirement.

Upcoming Events


9–18: Graduation Performer Audition Sign Up in the Front Office

16, 10am–1pm: Graduation Announcements Pick Up in the Student Lounge—

16: IHS Announcement Inserts Available in the IHS Office

20: Performer Audition Schedule Posted in the Front Office

24, 25: Graduation Performer Auditions in the Auditorium


1–5: Graduation Survey** in Naviance

5/7–6/11, Lunch*: Senior Breakfast Ticket Sales in the Student Lounge

5/14–6/11 Lunch*: Graduation Ticket Distribution in the Front Office

5/14–6/6: IHS Graduation Ticket Distribution in the IHS Office

5/14–6/1, Lunch*: Walking Partner/Seating Sign Up** in the Front Office

22, 10am–1pm: Cap and Gown Pick Up in the Student Lounge—

IHS events in blue. | *Lunch times: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 12:30-1:00; Wed 12:50-1:20 | **Mandatory

† The Graduation Party is a community-sponsored event. Liability is the responsibility of the organizers of the event.

Jill Reents

Secretary, Graduation Coordinator

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