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Graduation Ceremony Info for the Class of 2018

April 5, 2018

Dear Senior Parents/Guardians:

Graduation is a time to recognize the accomplishments of our outstanding Class of 2018. As we move toward the graduation date of Friday, June 8, 2018, I want to provide you information on upcoming events and procedures in regard to graduation and the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Location and General Information
Graduation will be at ShoWare Center in Kent. The address is 625 W. James St, Kent WA 98032.


Students are asked to arrive no later than 4:00PM to ShoWare Center. Student entry will be in the back of the event center. All students will be subject to security checks.


The doors will open at 5:00PM. The graduation ceremony promptly begins at 6:30PM. The ceremony will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Entry is on the South side of building. All guests are subject to a bag search and security check without exception. Security checks include wanding, metal detectors and pat-downs. Bags larger than 14" X 14" X 6" will not be allowed in the building. No Backpacks, large duffel bags, suitcases, etc. will be allowed in the building including no balloons or noisemakers. Directions to the event center are on the back.


Graduation Tickets and Seating
Each graduate will receive eight (8) tickets. Seating is first come, first served. If you need more tickets, you will have the ability to purchase more tickets beginning 10:00AM on May 23 to May 30. Cost is $5.00 a ticket. Maximum purchase is five (5). Tickets must be purchased online at If tickets are still available after May 30, we will sell them again on line beginning May 31 to June 1 if you need more than 13 tickets. No refunds.

All guests who have reached his or her second birthday must have a ticket. Children less than two years old may enter without a ticket but must sit on a guardian's lap. ShoWare also has designated seats for guests with disabilities. Ushers will be available to guide guests to locations.
Graduation Tickets and Distribution

Tickets to the graduation ceremony will be distributed to each graduating senior student in the Commons beginning Friday, June 1 during Last Blast and during lunches June 4-June 6. Students will need to have all fines and fees cleared in order to pick up their tickets. Students will need to sign for their tickets. Tickets will be distributed to graduating seniors only. Tickets will not be distributed to family or friends. Students who are not able to pick up their tickets during school can make special arrangements with Christi Wright by calling 425-831-8205. Please keep your tickets in a safe location, as tickets cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Tickets must be picked up by June 5th or they will become available to others.


Graduation Parking

Parking is available on both the east and west side of the arena. Disabled parking spaces are also available for guests with disabilities. Vehicles legally using disabled license plates or window placards are permitted to park in these designated spaces.


Graduation Expectations

Since Graduation is a very memorable event in our young people's lives, the expectation is that seniors will dress similarly to the way they will dress for the Senior Tea, reflecting the respect and honor each graduate has  earned while wearing  scarlet robes. Seniors who are dressed inappropriately will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Graduation is a special evening for your student. We respectfully ask that you refrain from shouting or whistling. We also ask that you do not applaud until after all the graduates have received their diplomas. Thank you for your cooperation. Thank you in advance  for helping us provide a positive, exciting, memorable graduation ceremony for all of our students and families.


Please continue to check our Senior Page here for information on dates/deadlines for seniors, as well as Grad Night 2018!