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What’s allowed at graduation? Rules explained, from cellphones to air horns

Different districts have different rules

Grads toss their caps at the 2010 Prescott High School graduation at Bill Shepherd Field. (Courier, file)

Grads toss their caps at the 2010 Prescott High School graduation at Bill Shepherd Field. (Courier, file)

The caps and gowns, the pomp and circumstance, the speeches — high school seniors around the Quad City Area are getting ready to move on to the next chapter in their lives.

First through, they have to actually graduate. However, each district has different rules for their graduations. Where one district may allow students to have their cellphones so they can capture a selfie, another may not allow cel phones at all. Students in one district may have permission to decorate the tops of their mortars, while students in another do not.

So here’s what those rules are according to each district thanks to emails from Prescott High School Principal Stephanie Hillig, Bradshaw Mountain High School Principal Kort Miner, and Chino Valley High School Principal Heidi Wolf.

PRESCOTT HIGH SCHOOL

Graduation is on Friday, May 25 at Bill Shepherd Field, 1050 N. Ruth St. gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Daily Courier (DC): What is permitted, if anything, on tops of mortars?

Stephanie Hillig (SH): No decorations on the mortars; only PHS issued cords and medallions are allowed

DC: Any clothing requirements for under robe attire?

SH: Yes. Suggested attire is dress pants, shirt, tie and dress shoes for the young men and skirt/dress/dress pants, appropriate top and dress shoes (no stilettos) for the young women

DC: Air horns? Any yelling/applause after person’s name is announced?

SH: It is an outside event, so we ask that everyone be respectful during the announcement of names. Parents can cheer after their child is announced but stop respectfully so that the next name can be heard. We don’t encourage air horns or any noise makers as it takes away from the next student.

DC: Any behavior appropriate for walking across the stage?

SH: We review this with the seniors at practice. It is a ceremony not a celebration, so we ask them to behave as such. The celebration starts when they toss their hats in the air

DC: tossing caps?

SH: Yes, that is when the celebration begins! Students should put their names on the inside of their hat so they can get theirs back.

DC: Cellphones?

SH: Everyone wants a selfie. Students are permitted to attach with rubber bands their cellphones to their forearm. They are not allowed to go digging through their pockets during the ceremony

DC: Food?

SH: no food is permitted in the stadium. Only clear water bottles

DC: As for the field, are purses and bags searched before entering? What else will entail with security?

SH: We will have police officers at every entrance for graduation. They will not search each individual, but will assist in ensuring that no coolers, large bags, lawn furniture or other prohibited items enter the stadium.

BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL

Graduation is on Thursday, May 24 at the Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N. Main St., doors open at 6 p.m.

Daily Courier (DC): What is permitted, if anything, on tops of mortars?

Kort Miner (KM): Graduates must be appropriately dressed for an event – like church, weddings, etc. all students are checked and approved before entering the back of the PV Event Center. No writing on the caps. They are a united class – nobody overshadows another student.

DC: Any clothing requirements for under robe attire?

KM: All students must show up in their appropriate dress (girls – dress, pant suit, no sandals! – boys – shirt, slacks and a tie, no combat boots, tennis shoes!) with their cap and gown draped over their arms. Students do not get dressed into their caps and gowns until they are in the PV Event Center.

DC: Air horns?

KM: No noise makers, balloons, beach balls at all. any student, parent, community member that uses any of these items is removed from the PV Event Center immediately.

DC: Any yelling/applause after person’s name is announced?

KM: We ask that parents hold their cheers and applause (until) the end of all names being called to prevent other families from missing their child’s name being called

DC: Any behavior appropriate for walking across the stage?

KM: all we ask is that they do not do anything inappropriate. If they do, we hold their diploma until they have completed community service

DC: Tossing caps?

KM: Yes, at the end, always!

DC: Cellphones?

KM: Students can only show up with their cap and gown and their car keys. No purses, wallets, cellphones, cameras are allowed, period.

DC: Food?

KM: None

DC: As for the Prescott Valley Event Center, are purses and bags searched before entering? What else will entail with security?

KM: We have two lines that enter into the back of the PV Event Center and we have to PV Police officers searching and using their wand on students as they enter. We hire five PV Police officers, and we use 14 members of our staff for security.

CHINO VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

Graduation is Wednesday, May 23 at the Prescott Valley Event Center, doors open at 6 p.m.

Daily Courier (DC): What is permitted, if anything, on tops of mortars?

Heidi Wolf (HW): Students are allowed to decorate the tops of their mortars. It must be appropriate and administration has the right to ask students to remove anything that is inappropriate.

DC: Any clothing requirements for under robe attire?

HW: Students are asked to wear clothing that meets the school dress code. Many choose to dress more formally

DC: Air horns?

HW: Students are not allowed to have air horns, stilly string, etc. to the ceremony. It will be confiscated by administration or staff

DC: Any yelling/applause after person’s name is announced?

HW: Yelling and applause is allowed after a graduate’s name is announced.

DC: Any behavior appropriate for walking across the stage?

HW: All students are directed to walk across the stage appropriately to receive their diploma and exit. Students are notified by the administrative team that any inappropriate behavior could result in their removal from the ceremony.

DC: Tossing caps?

HW: Allowed at the end of the ceremony

DC: Cellphones?

HW: Cellphones are to be turned off during the ceremony

DC: Food?

HW: Graduates are not allowed to have food during the ceremony

DC: As for the Prescott Valley Event Center, are purses and bags searched before entering? What else will entail with security?

HW: Yes; we provide our own security, we have three Chino Valley Officers on duty and our own on campus security officer is at the event.