• DA Graduation Logo Class of 2021 Senior Information

     

    For a printable copy of the 2021 Senior Info Sheet, click here. (updated 5/13/21)

     

    GRADUATION UPDATE (Saturday, 5/29/21)

    - Good news!  We were just given permission to stay at the Times Union between rehearsal and graduation.   If you would like to stay, we will be ordering pizza for lunch.  You will need to bring your regalia and anything else you need for graduation in the morning.  Please do not bring valuables as there will not be a place to lock items up.  

    - If you do not wish to stay at the TU, there will be a bus going back to DA between 10:30 and 11:00 am.  Students must return to the TU by 12:15 pm and meet in the Terry Lobby.  There is no bus returning to DA after the graduation ceremony. 

    - The parking lots at DA will remain open until 3:30 pm for those who need to pick up their vehicle. 

    - Rehearsal starts promptly at 9 am.  If you are riding the bus from DA, you must be at the Fountain no later than 8:00 am.  If you are driving to rehearsal please allow plenty of time for traffic and to find parking.  Keep in mind there is no free parking downtown.

     

    If you have any questions please email Ms. Lamp, lampb@duvalschools.org,  or Ms. Hammer, hammerm@duvalschools.org.  We will both be checking our emails over the weekend.

     

    Senior Timeline:

      

    April 22—Virtual Senior Parent Information Meeting 

     

     Week of May 24 - Senior Awards

    • Virtual awards – Posted daily on DA Website, DA Facebook page, & Instagram (@daschoolcounseling)

    • Email Mrs. Anderson with any questions, mortensenk@duvalschools.org

     

    May 27 - Baccalaureate – Southside Baptist Church, 6:00pm

    • Rehearsal for SENIOR PERFORMERS ONLY
      • Tuesday, May 25th @ 4pm – Southside Baptist Church
      • Email Mr. O’Connor with any questions (oconnorm3@duvalschools.org)

    • All seniors participating in baccalaureate must wear their cap & gown to the ceremony
      • Seniors need to be at the church dressed and ready by 5:30pm
    • Attendance open to Seniors and one (1) parent/guardian
      • You should have received your one (1) ticket when you picked up your cap/gown
    • Livestream will be available for family & friends

     

    MANDATORY GRADUATION REHEARSAL – June 1st @ 9am

    Times Union Center, Moran Theatre – SENIORS CANNOT BE LATE

    **Failure to attend, or tardy, mandatory rehearsal will result in the student not being able to participate in the commencement ceremony. **

    • There will be a bus available at DA for seniors to ride to/from rehearsal.

    • If you are planning to ride the bus from DA to rehearsal, you must be at the bus loop by 8:00am, Tuesday, June 1
      • Our goal is to have you back to DA by 11:00am 
      • Seniors must be back at the Times Union by 12:15pm (dressed and ready) for Graduation (there is no bus to graduation)
    • Students wishing to drive/ride to graduation in a private vehicle must have the Graduation Rehearsal Driver Permission Form completed, notarized, and submitted to Ms. Juarez in the admin office by Friday, May 14. 
       
      • Seniors are responsible for ensuring they arrive to rehearsal on time. No one will be admitted after 9:00am.

      • Drivers will be responsible for finding and paying for parking. We will not be able to reserve or hold parking spots – it will be downtown parking first come, first serve. Please remember that this is a workday; we are not sure what parking will look like

      • You do not need your caps and gowns for rehearsal, but you should bring the shoes you plan to wear during the commencement ceremony, especially if they are high heels.

    • GRADUATION TICKETS

      • Each senior will be given (4) four tickets when they receive their cap/gown

      • Seating will be grouped in pods of four – meaning the four guests of each graduate will be seated together, socially distanced from other graduate guests

     

    GRADUATION – Tuesday, June 1st, 1:00pm – Moran Theatre

    **Seniors will enter the Terry Lobby through the Hogan Street entrance**

    • Seniors must arrive no later than 12:15pm (dressed and ready) and enter through the Terry Lobby, Hogan Street entrance

      • Dress code for graduation

        • Pants must be dark colored dress pants, NO JEANS

        • Shoes must be dress shoes, NO SLIPPERS, FLIP FLOPS or BACKLESS SHOES.

        • Dresses should not hang below the robe

        • Caps MAY NOT be decorated during the ceremony

    • You will enter the Terry Lobby through the Hogan Street side-entrance (graduates ONLY).

    • You should enter with only your cap, gown, tassel, medallion, and cords(s)

      • Please leave all other items (keys, phone, etc.) with someone else. You will not be allowed to have any items on your person during the ceremony.

    • Immediately after the ceremony, return to the robing area to get your diploma from the same person you checked in with.  You will keep your cap, gown, diploma cover, tassel, medallion, and cord(s)

      • Once you receive your diploma, you will exit onto Hogan Street to meet your families and friends at the corner of Water Street and Hogan Street.  

    • House doors will open at 12:00pm for seating of guests

      • ALL persons entering graduation must have a ticket (including infants)

      • There will be no will-call for tickets, seniors are responsible for ensuring guests get their tickets prior to the ceremony

    • The Graduation ceremony will be live-streamed via YouTube at the following link:

     

    Other important information

    • The Times-Union Center will be checking bags.  If possible, leave all bags behind. Guests should come early and be prepared to have all bags searched. Guests will also have temperatures checked upon entry. This is the venue’s policy.

    • The graduation rehearsal is mandatory for any senior planning to participate in the commencement ceremony. Seniors must be on time for rehearsal to ensure participation.

    • Graduates are held responsible for the behavior of their guests.  Please tell your guests to refrain from applause or yelling when the graduates’ names are called. Failure to do so may result in diplomas being pulled. We want to ensure that every graduate and their family can hear their name announced during the ceremony.

     

    If you have questions, reach out to your senior class officers – President-Elena Every, Vice President-Jasmine Ferguson, & Communications Officer-Macy Crumley. You may also reach out to your senior sponsors – Mrs. Lamp (lampb@duvalschools.org) or Mrs. Ward (warde@duvalschools.org).