Class of 2024!


Sunday, May 19: Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2024 at 12:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be streamed live on our School YouTube Channel HERE.

There are no tickets needed and all are welcome to attend.

Graduates should arrive on campus at 11 a.m. and report directly to the fieldhouse.

Gates to the stadium will open at 11 a.m. for guests. Please carpool if you are able to do so.

We require family members and friends to remain in their seats during the ceremony. So as not to impede sightlines, balloons and/or signage will not be allowed and all noisemakers are prohibited.

NOTE: The commencement ceremony is an opportunity for us to honor each of our graduates both individually and collectively. To that end, it is important that we pronounce your name correctly. If you are concerned that the reader may have trouble pronouncing your name, please use this Google Form to provide phonetic pronunciation, and/or submit an audio recording of you speaking your name. While this system is not perfect, it does contribute to ensuring that all student names are pronounced correctly.

Graduation Attire

Commencement is a dignified ceremony. It is important to dress in a manner consistent with the tradition of dignity on this occasion. This includes the wearing of shirts with collars and ties, dress shoes, dress pants, and/or skirts or dresses. Please note that the wearing of heels is prohibited in the stadium in order to protect the turf. Wedges are appropriate and permitted. Graduation gowns should have a clean look and graduation caps must be free of decorations.

During the graduation ceremony graduates are required to wear the D99 official regalia, which includes the following:

  • Navy Gown
  • Navy Cap
  • Columbia blue Stole & Tassel

Graduates being recognized for various academic distinctions will wear gold regalia accessories instead of the traditional Mustang blue.

  • Honors: gold tassel
  • High Honors: gold tassel & gold cord
  • Distinguished Honors: gold tassel, gold cord, and gold stole

New This Year: Cultural stoles and other reasonable accessories celebrating a student’s cultural roots, ethnicity, religious identity, or military affiliation are permitted as additional regalia during the ceremony. In D99, “other reasonable accessories” includes stoles, cords, and tassels. As previously stated, graduation caps must be free from decorations. Adhering to these guidelines will ensure a uniform and respectful appearance during the ceremony. Students with questions regarding graduation attire should contact Mrs. Martinez.

Graduation Photos

Visual Image Photography, our official commencement photographer, will have portraits available online at www.vipis.com approximately ten days after the ceremony. Click here for English. Click here for Spanish.

DGS Diploma

Graduates will receive a diploma cover during the ceremony and will pick up their actual diploma and student records following the ceremony. Details will be provided at rehearsal.


Returning Items

Any textbooks should be returned to the teacher in the classroom. If you have any library books, please return those directly to the library.

Your Chromebook is yours to keep. However, you remain responsible for returning any Chromebook loaners, wifi hotspots, and/or charging cords that have been loaned to you. If you do not want to keep your Chromebook, please return it, and any extra equipment to the IT help desk. Note the following important information about your email, Google Drive, and network access:

On or around June 12, 2024 your CSD99 Google account (the Google account that you access using your District 99 email address and drive) will all become inactive. Please take a minute to back up any files that you would like to keep and change your email in software applications that you still may be using (for example, Naviance). Additionally, if you want to save any materials from your CSD99 Google account (example: Google Drive), use Google Takeout. Here is a blog post that explains the process, along with a step by step video.

Commemorative Brick Information

The District 99 Education Foundation offers families the opportunity to purchase a commemorative brick near the Mustang Statue near the front of the building. This is a wonderful way to leave your permanent mark at South High School. Please check their website for details.

For information regarding commencement or anything related to senior events, contact the Office of Student Activities.

Dates to Know:
Graduation: Sunday, May 19th, 12:00 PM