Graduation is held at 9 a.m. on the Saturday after the last day of school in Hooper Stadium (the football field).
We suggest you come early to take advantage of the best parking and stadium seating. Anyone can attend the ceremony as tickets are not necessary.
Graduating Seniors arrive at 8 a.m. and park in the J Lot (second parking lot across from the West Gym) which is reserved for seniors. Public parking is available in the first lot at the main entrance, in the theater lot, and on the street. The interior of the campus has been designated for disabled and elderly parking. If you are transporting someone who needs handicapped access, the parking attendants will direct you to areas where you can drop them off close to the stadium and then exit the interior to park. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is minimal. As a courtesy to our neighbors, please observe any restricted parking areas.
Guests should bring hats, since the stadium is in the direct sun, can be quite warm, and there are few shaded areas available. As there is no reserved seating, guests are advised to arrive early to get seats of their choice. Ground-level seating is available on both sides of the stadium for guests who cannot use bleacher seating due to physical disabilities. You are welcome to bring your own cushion or blanket to use in the bleachers. Umbrellas and shade structures are not permitted as they negatively impact the ability for fellow spectators to view the ceremony.
Bottled water is sold as a fundraiser by the cheerleading squad. You are also welcome to bring your own. Ice water will be provided for the graduates during the ceremony. Please note, no alcohol, drugs, glass containers, weapons or animals (Service Animals excepted) are allowed on campus. NUHS is a tobacco-free and no vaping zone.
The commencement ceremony lasts approximately one hour. Each graduate will walk across the stage as his or her name is read and will be congratulated by NU and District administration and Board of Trustees members. We ask that parents and friends NOT get up and take photos during the actual ceremony, as they would block the view for other folks. You may order photographs taken by the professional photographers. They will send home a sample photograph and ordering information; you are under no obligation to purchase anything. Please remain in your seats until the conclusion of the ceremony.When the ceremony is over, graduates pick up their diploma inserts from their counselors in the Ali Gym. Please have patience, enjoy, and wait for the crowd to thin when exiting the stadium and parking areas.
Note: The following information is shared verbally and in writing with Seniors during the Senior meeting in January.
Senior Verification Form Graduation verification forms will be distributed in your Gov/Econ classes on June 4, 2018. All Seniors are responsible to turn in their verification form to their counselor by the June 7th, 2018. This form is very important to verify grades, return of any school materials or equipment, and graduation information.
Graduation Rehearsal All Seniors will attend the graduation rehearsal on the Friday before graduation, following the Senior Breakfast in the NU Café. This will help things run smoothly on Saturday and should give you a good idea on which side of the field you will be seated during the actual ceremony.
Graduation The graduation ceremony is to be a dignified event; please read and follow these guidelines. You are doing this for yourself as well as for your friends, family, loved ones, etc., so let’s all help make it a memorable occasion.
The J Lot parking area (across from West Gym) parking is reserved for graduates; your cap & gown will serve as your parking pass. Carpooling is highly appreciated.Graduates should arrive by 8 a.m. Females report to the West Gym, males to the Ali Gym.
There are to be no distractions/disruptions during the Graduation ceremony, including beach balls, balloons, noisemakers, drones, etc. Anyone creating a distraction will be removed immediately.
Graduation Ceremony Dress Code
● Cap & Gown - Please follow Herff Jones guidelines to take wrinkles out of your gown. ● No shorts or blue jeans are to be worn. Males can wear slacks and females can wear slacks or dresses. ● No “flip flops” or other shoes/sandals that are considered beach attire ● No leis ● No alterations to your cap or gown; no messages written on the cap ● All electronic devices are to be left in your vehicle or at home, including tablets, selfie-sticks, cell phones, iPods, etc. We will check for these before you go onto the field. ● Please do not bring water bottles with you. We will be serving you ice water throughout the ceremony.
Senior Pranks Any disturbance to the school or grounds will result in denial of any/all senior activities. Anyone found responsible for any damage to the school will be prosecuted.
Debts Please be sure to clear any and all debts. If you owe money for books, equipment, etc., you will not receive your diploma. This is always an unfortunate situation on the day of graduation, so please do not find yourself in that position. Additionally if you have requested transcripts to be sent to colleges, we will not release the records until all debts have been cleared.