2019 OHHS Graduation
A major milestone is fast approaching for the seniors of Oak Harbor High School. On Saturday, June 15, more than 350 students are expected to walk to the podium wearing a cap and gown to accept their diploma. It will be a poignant moment for both families and educators as they witness the passage of these students into a bright and promising future. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and gates open at 12:45 p.m.Speakers include School Board President Peter Hunt, Superintendent Dr. Lance Gibbon, and Oak Harbor High Principal Dwight Lundstrom.Can't make it to the event? Graduation will be streamed live by WildcatTV
- Paper Toss: Wednesday, June 12 | 2:30 p.m. | Student Union Building
- Senior Breakfast: Thursday, June 13 | 8:00 a.m. | Student Union Building
- Graduation Practice (mandatory): Thursday, June 13 | 10:45 a.m. | Wildcat Memorial Stadium | Student must bring a photo ID
- Senior Scholarship Night: Friday, June 14 | 7:00 p.m. | Student Union Building
- Graduation Ceremony: Saturday, June 15 | 2 p.m. | Wildcat Memorial Stadium (Gates open at 12:45)
- Grad Night Trip: Saturday, June 15, following graduation
Following the mandatory graduation practice on Thursday, June 13, students will be issued seven tickets* granting their guests access to home bleachers, provided the guests arrive prior to 1:55 p.m. Guests without tickets and those who arrive after 1:55 p.m. may choose to sit in the visitor's bleachers or stand around the internal stadium fencing. Please note: All guests must have a ticket to sit in the grandstand area. Additional seating will be available in the gymnasium with live streaming for those who prefer to sit inside, no ticket needed.
* Students who do not attend the mandatory graduation practice on Wednesday, June 13, will not receive seven tickets to the graduation ceremony.
Accessible seating is available with reservation. Contact Mrs. Jasman, counseling secretary, at 360.279.5717 to reserve accessible seating.
GRADUATION DECORUMGuests are asked to dress in business casual attire and are expected to contribute to a dignified atmosphere. Camera tripods, balloons, signs, and noisemakers will not be allowed through the stadium gates. Pets are never allowed in the stadium.
DIPLOMASDiplomas will be available for pick up for 90 minutes directly after the graduation ceremony. Students may also pick up their diploma from the Registrar's office during summer office hours. Diplomas will only be mailed if the graduate has made prior arrangements.
What do I need to know about Senior Scholarship Night?
Senior Scholarship Night is scheduled for Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Seniors who are being recognized will receive an invitation to attend the ceremony.
There are two ways to be recognized:
- Local organizations will provide the district with the names of the scholarship recipients. Invitations will be sent to the students to attend Senior Scholarship Night. Please note that this is a tremendous opportunity and every student’s attendance is important. Our local scholarship donors make terrific financial contributions to our students and we ask that, if invited, guardians and students attend.
- Each student will be responsible to provide the high school with information on scholarships they are receiving from colleges and state or national organizations. This will ensure that we accurately publicly acknowledge each scholarship recipient. Guardians and students will receive scholarship declaration forms through Family Access and their advisory class. In order to accurately recognize students at the Senior Scholarship Night and in the Commencement Brochure, information needs to be provided to Ms. Kellison in the counseling department by May 10, 2019. Students only need to provide information from the college, state, and national organizations.
What do seniors need to do as they close out their high school career?
Seniors need to complete their High School and Beyond Plan which includes:
- Two Career Exploration Opportunities (CEO)
- 20 hours of community service
Seniors also need to complete 24 Credits, prescribed course work, and complete state testing.
What else could interfere with my senior having the opportunity to graduate or walk at commencement?
All seniors will be required to check out of school for one last time. They will receive the checkout form during advisory class on June 3 if fines are cleared. If they miss school on June 3, they will need to get the form from their advisor when they return to school. Senior checkout day is June 12. Students in good standing may be able to get their forms signed by each of their teachers prior to this date. Note: Teachers have discretion on when they will sign the checkout form and may wait until the 12th. Do not lose your form this is your check out paperwork. There are no copies.
All fines must be cleared prior to checkout. Seniors will receive a hard copy list of fines during their Social Studies class on May 21. Fines can also be viewed at anytime through Family Access. All fines must be cleared by May 29. Notices are also being sent to students who have fines via their school email. Food Service will send out a separate reminder if students owe money to the school food program.
The following materials must be returned:
- Library books, textbooks, athletic uniforms and equipment, ROTC uniforms, band/choir uniforms, and any other equipment.
A senior is not cleared until all school property is returned and/or costs reimbursed.
Is completing the checkout process required?
Yes. Seniors must complete checkout forms and return them to the counseling office by 1:00 p.m. on June 12 to be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony. A complete checkout form signifies to the school that a senior has met graduation requirements, returned all materials, and paid all fines.
June 12 is the day when teachers, library, food service, ASB office, and counseling will put the final stamp of approval on your student for eligibility to be presented to the Oak Harbor community as meeting graduation requirements.
How will my Running Start student know if they are eligible to walk at commencement?
Running Start students will receive an email with a progress report form attached. Since Skagit Valley College transcripts are received by the high school after graduation, Running Start students must have their instructors sign off that they are in good standing and will pass their Running Start courses in order to be eligible for commencement. This progress report from SVC must be turned in to the high school counseling department by June 3, 2019, no later than 3:00 p.m.
What are the important dates again?
- May 29 - Last day to clear accounts in order to receive check out form
- June 3 - Progress Reports from Running Start due
- June 3 - Check out forms given to students
- June 6-7 - Finals
- June 10 - Stu Cabe Senior Seminar
- June 12 - Checkout forms due by 1:00 pm
- June 12 - Senior Paper Toss 2:30 pm
- June 13 - Senior Breakfast/Recognition Assembly (students only) - 8:00 am
- Graduation practice immediately to follow (Seniors must participate in graduation practice to walk, no exceptions.) Graduates must bring a form of ID to practice!
- June 14 - Senior Scholarship Night (Family Event) - 7:00 pm
- June 15 - Graduation, OHHS Stadium, 2:00 pm
Gates open at 12:45 pm
- Graduates are to arrive in the Student Union Building at 1:00 pm
How do I purchase or pick up a yearbook?
Yearbooks will be available to purchase between May 28-31, 2019 during both lunches at the concession stand by the Athletic Office. The cost is $45 with ASB (must have card with you) and $50 without ASB. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. Please make checks payable to Oak Harbor High School.
What do I need to know about Prom?
- The theme is Enchanted Forest
- April 22 - May 16 Prom Guest Forms available in the main office.
- May 13 - May 17 Prom tickets on sale during lunches only. The cost is $30 with ASB (must have card with you) and $35 without ASB. Ticket sales stop at the end of 2nd lunch on May 17. No exceptions
- May 16- Prom Guest Forms due by 3:00pm No Exceptions
- May 18 - Prom 9:00 pm-12:00 am (ID required with ticket(s) at the door for all attending Prom)
- No one middle school age or 21 or older allowed
When do we get graduation tickets for the family and how many tickets will we receive?
Each senior will receive seven tickets for commencement once they have completed the mandatory graduation practice. The tickets admit one person (regardless of age) into the home grandstands for the event. Gates to the stadium open at 12:45 p.m. and seating is open. The grandstands will be closed to entry from 1:55 p.m. until graduating seniors are seated. There are no extra tickets.
Wildcat TV will stream graduation. Guests can choose to sit in the gym in a “wind free” zone and watch the graduation ceremony on a big screen, no ticket required.
What if a family member needs seating accommodations?
Families should contact Mrs. Jasman, counseling secretary, by email or phone (360.279.5717) to reserve seating for members who need accommodations for the commencement ceremony. Handicap seating is limited.
What time is the graduation ceremony and how can I be respectful of the formality of the event and to others attending?
Graduation is Saturday, June 15, 2019. Gates will open at 12:45 for seating and close at 1:55 p.m. until the seniors have been seated. The ceremony will start promptly at 2 pm. Graduates need to be in the Student Union Building by 1:00 pm in proper attire in order to participate. Pets, signs, balloons, noisemakers, and camera tripods are not permitted. We also ask that you remain seated while filming and taking pictures to make graduation an enjoyable event for all and to avoid blocking views for any person in the grandstands during the ceremony.
What are the expectations for dress and behavior of our graduating seniors during the ceremony?
Student caps and gowns must remain decoration free. Leis and flowers are permitted within reason. The graduation ceremony is a formal event and students are expected to wear dress shoes and slacks or dresses under their graduation gowns. Heels are not permitted on the track so wedges, flats, and dress shoes are the required footwear. If students arrive in jeans, flip flops, heels, or athletic shoes, they will be asked to change prior to the ceremony. If students arrive under the influence of or in possession of alcohol and/or other illegal substances, they will be excluded from the ceremony.
When can my student pick up their diploma?
Graduates can pick up their diploma immediately following the graduation ceremony. Otherwise, diplomas will be available for pickup during the Registrar’s summer hours.
Note: Diplomas are only mailed if prior arrangements are made by the graduate.
If my student does not meet graduation requirements, can they still participate?
Unfortunately, out of respect for those students who completed graduation requirements, students who did not meet the requirements will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.
Is participating in the commencement ceremony a requirement?
No, the graduation ceremony is a privilege and an opportunity for the school to celebrate the student’s milestone with family and friends. This is the moment in which the school presents students who have fulfilled graduation requirements to the Oak Harbor community. In order for the event to go smoothly and be pleasant for all involved, please set the expectations of your graduate to represent your family well. In the past, there have been discipline issues and vandalism or senior pranks that have stopped seniors from participating in graduation. Please take the opportunity to speak with your student about appropriate behavior during the remaining days of the school year.