Letter to Students of the Class of 2021
June 1, 2021
Dear Students of the Class of 2021:
Congratulations! You are at the final stretch of your K-12 educational career. I encourage you to stay focused and finish strong! Important information follows regarding graduation and the commencement ceremony. Read this document carefully as it answers many frequently asked questions. In addition, please share it with your parent or guardian. As always, you may contact the school at (916) 395-5090 with questions or concerns.
DATE AND TIME
The commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, June 14 at Sutter Health Park (400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento, 95691). The event will begin at 11 a.m. sharp, but Seniors must arrive by no later than 9:45 a.m.
Unfortunately, Sutter Health Park is not able to host a rehearsal. Please be on the lookout for more detailed information about what to expect on graduation day.
As stated above, graduating seniors must arrive at Sutter Health Park no later than 9:45 a.m. After parking, students will enter through the right field gate located at the corner of Riverfront Street and Ballpark Drive. Upon entry, name and picture cards will be distributed. These cards will be used to read your name as you cross the stage.
Be sure to remind guests that commencement will begin at 11 a.m. Parking lots open at 9 a.m. and the park gates at 10 a.m. Please ask that family members make every effort to be seated by no later than 10:45.
Guests of the graduating class are expected to maintain decorum during the ceremony. District and school staff reserve the right to excuse any individual from the field for disruption of the graduation ceremony.
The following link will allow students and their families to purchase parking in advance: https://www.sutterhealthpark.com/graduation.
You may also purchase parking using a credit card upon arrival to Sutter Field. Guests will then enter through the main front gates at Sutter Health Park. A map of the field follows.
CAPS AND GOWNS/ATTIRE
Traditional caps, gowns, and approved academic garb are allowed. Religious decorations are also approved and welcomed. Graduates may decorate their purchased caps if desired as long as the decorations are flat and do not obscure the view of those seated behind them. Nothing else is permitted. Cap and gown pick-up is scheduled for June 10 at Kennedy from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Students will enter through the M-wing gates adjacent to the west (student) parking lot.
For the ceremony, students should dress appropriately under their gown. A good rule of thumb is to adopt a formal or semi-formal attire. It is also strongly recommended that students wear safe comfortable shoes as they will be walking on the field over uneven terrain. High heels and unstable footwear are not recommended. Information about renting caps and gowns is attached.
Graduates are encouraged not to bring any hand-held items including (but not limited to) purses, yearbooks, flower bouquets, and food. Clear bags will be allowed per Sutter Field’s clear bag policy (attached). Noisemakers, balloons, banners, and signs are strictly forbidden.
AFTER THE CEREMONY
Guests will be asked to leave the stadium in an orderly fashion. Graduates will exit through the same gate as used for entry at the corner of Riverfront Street and Ballpark Drive. Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, congregation after the ceremony is highly discouraged. Graduates may reunite with family members along Ballpark Drive.
Admission will be by ticket only, and each ticket is good for one person. Children aged two years and under do not need a ticket as long as the child sits on the parent’s lap.
Every participating Senior will receive three (3) complimentary tickets. No extra tickets will be sold or distributed. This rule is a requirement of Sutter Park and is not negotiable. Tickets will be received by Seniors via their District e-mail account and issued to each guest using the name that was submitted via the graduation ticket request form. It is imperative that you contact the school if you have not received your tickets by June 9, so that we can assist in getting them to you.
Color photographs will be taken of each graduate as they cross the stage. Family members are asked not to enter the aisles to take pictures during the ceremony.
Finally, remember that participation in the graduation ceremony is a privilege, not a right. All students will be held to the academic, behavior, and attendance standards outlined in the student handbook. It goes without saying that you may be excluded from the commencement ceremony for any violation that results in disciplinary action. Be safe, and do not let that happen! Stay smart!
Again, congratulations on your achievement. You deserve this! The faculty, staff, and I look forward to seeing you on June 14. Go, Cougars!