Dear Parents and Guardians of the Class of 2017:
Graduation is approaching, and the ceremony is scheduled to take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at the Grand Canyon University Arena located at 3300 West Camelback Road. The purpose of the graduation ceremony is to create a formal setting to present each graduate the evidence of their academic achievement—the diploma. For students, it marks the passage to adulthood and all of the opportunities that life—with diploma in hand—can bring. For parents and guardians, it is a moment filled with emotion and pride.
On April 3rd, seniors eligible to graduate will attend a mandatory meeting during second hour and will be given a graduation packet to bring home. This packet will contain pertinent information on tickets, rehearsal, behavior and dress expectations, and so on. Please be on the lookout for this packet.
As principal, I am deeply honored to recognize our graduates’ achievements. I also have the duty to inform graduates that participation in the ceremony is a privilege and not a right. In accordance with Governing Board policy, students who engage in misconduct on school property or at school-sponsored events prior to commencement exercises may not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony. Additionally, graduates and guests engaging in disrespectful or disruptive behavior during the ceremony will be immediately removed by security. Let’s make sure we remember that this event belongs to the Class of 2017 and treat it with all the respect and dignity it deserves.
Participating in the graduation ceremony is completely optional. Please inform Ms. Michelle Frias, Assistant Principal, if your student does not wish to participate in the ceremony. The diploma may be picked up in the Records Office on May 26th, 2017.
The graduation ceremony is an occasion which carries a personal as well as a familial significance. I know that if we acknowledge this important transition in our graduates’ lives in this fashion, we will all enjoy a rewarding and memorable experience for the graduate, parents, family and friends.