Class of 2018 Information

Graduation is a major event in your family’s journey.  This page has been created to answer your questions and provide guidance.  If you have a question or a concern not addressed on this page, please contact your student’s counselor or administrator.  We want graduation to be a happy, relaxed celebration for all our students and families.  We are here to help you!

Important Dates:  

  • Prom and After Prom: May 5, 2018 at the Chateaux in Broomfield / After Prom at Wild Game in Longmont
  • Pictures for Senior Night slideshow: Pictures are due no later than May 16, 2018.  Pictures should be sent to Julie Pentz at
  • Awards Night:  Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:00PM for all grade levels
  • Last day of classes for Seniors: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Senior Checkout Process:  Checkout forms Due May 16th at 3:00PM
    • Seniors are required to complete a checkout process documenting final senior tasks.  Students and parents will receive email communication on Monday, May 7th with details about the process and a sample of the checkout form. Checkout forms will be distributed in first, second and third block classes on Thursday, May 10th.  Students will submit their checkout forms on May 16th in order to receive their cap & gown
  • Senior Breakfast / Graduation Walk / Graduation Practice:  Tuesday, May 22, 2018.  Click here for more details.
  • Senior Night: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Graduation: Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 10:00AM
    • Weather permitting, graduation will be on the football field. If the weather forces us inside, your Senior will receive four tickets for entry into the Gym and more information will be communicated. For an outdoor graduation, no set-up or claiming of spots is allowed before 3:00 PM on Friday.  Canopies are only allowed on the top of the hill. Golf Cart transportation will be provided for anybody who needs assistance. No air horns please.


I didn’t order a cap and gown.  What do I do now?    You can still order a cap and gown.     If you need help purchasing one, please contact Mrs. Hollingsworth in the NHS counseling office.   You can order one through Josten’s.

I’d still like to get a copy of the Senior Class Panoramic Picture, can I?  Yes, you will need to order one from the company that takes and produces the picture.  For on-line ordering or questions, please go to

What is Senior Night?   Senior Night is a celebration of music and entertainment provided by students in the senior class.   In the past, acts included singing, instrumental music, jump roping, monologues, comedy, dance, and even a light show designed to accompany a musical number.  The acts for the evening are selected by senior student council members and staff advisors.  One of the highlights of the evening is the Senior Slide Show–pictures of the students as a baby and then fading into a current portrait.  Please send a baby picture and a senior picture that you wish to be in the slideshow at senior night. If you do not send a picture, your yearbook picture will be used. Please send a digital copy of both pictures (baby and senior) to with your first and last name in the subject line by May 16th. But the sooner the better!  All family members are welcome to attend Senior Night!

What is After Prom and who can attend?  After Prom is the signature event organized by the NHS Boosters.  When prom has finished, most students go home and change into comfy clothes and then go to Wild Game in Longmont for the After Prom celebration.  All 11th and 12th grade students are invited to enjoy After Prom, just bring your ID to check in.  You do not need to go to Prom to attend After Prom.  Students can win amazing prizes, play games, enjoy food, and have fun in a safe environment.

Graduation Information and Checklist

Graduation Date and Time:  May 26, 2018 at 10:00AM

  • Seating   Graduation takes place outside on the football field.  The stage is set up at the fifty yard line.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis with most people sitting on the hill.  NHS is asking families to refrain from posting tents, awnings, blankets and tarps until Friday May 25 at 3:00 PM. District operations and maintenance people need access to the hill to cut and water the grass.  If you have personal property on the hill, it may be removed by our district operations workers.  Please do not use stakes which may damage the sprinkling system.  Chairs are not provided. A water bottle and sunscreen are advised for all those who attend.  Tents are only allowed at the top of the hill.
  • Handicap Access  NHS does provide two small canopied areas with a small number of chairs near the graduates on the field.  These areas are for those with mobility issues and only one or two additional family members.  Please respect the needs of the handicapped and/or elderly who require this area to enjoy the program.   Handicapped parking areas  are located on the east side of the parking lot, near the main office entrance, and several in the northeast parking lot near the auditorium entrance. We will also have a golf cart available for transporting.
  • Pictures  NHS provides professional photographers (GradImages) who will take several pictures of your graduate during the ceremony.  They take one picture as your child receives his/her diploma and one coming off the stage.   Please stay behind the ropes during the ceremony to allow smooth movement of the graduates and for the photographers to take the pictures.  GradImages will contact you through email after the graduation with proof pictures that are available for purchase.  This service is offered as a convenience and purchase is optional.
  • Inclement Weather  In case of rain, NHS will move the graduation inside to the large gym.  Access to graduation will then be limited; students receive 4 (four) tickets with their cap and gown.  Each person who attends inside graduation must have a ticket to enter.  A decision will be made by 6:15 AM on Saturday morning and a shoutpoint phone and email message will be sent if a change of venue is required.
  • Graduates are asked to be at NHS by 9:20 AM and dressed in cap and gown and in the auditorium by 9:40.  The ceremony takes about one and one-half to two hours.  Students are asked to dress appropriately under their gowns.  Sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.  Flowers or leis over the gown are allowed.  After the ceremony, graduates should go to the NHS commons to pick up their immunization records and the actual diploma.

Graduation Requirements
In order to receive a diploma from St. Vrain Valley School District, students must earn 24.5 credits.  Please see your counselor if you have any doubt about your credits.