Silverado Graduation Philosophy
It is the philosophy of the Clark County School District and Silverado College Preparatory &
Career/Technical High School that high school graduation ceremonies are designed to honor
graduates with a graduation ceremony that is solemn and dignified. The following newsletter
will detail the procedures in place for graduation. These guidelines have been developed and
approved by the Clark County Board of School Trustees.
Senior Class Officers
Pictured left to right: Samantha Smith – Secretary, Zach Olin – Vice President,
Kaili Moreno – President, Hannah Hoyas – Treasurer
Location and Time
The graduation ceremony for Silverado College Preparatory & Career/Technical High School Class of 2018 will be held at the Thomas & Mack Thursday, May 24th, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. Graduates should report in their cap and gown by 5:00 p.m. and enter through the Cox Pavillion tunnel for the line up. Parents will not be admitted into the tunnel.
Admission will be by ticket only and all bags will be searched. Each graduate will receive twelve (12) tickets at the conclusion of the mandatory rehearsal on Thursday, May 24th at 8:00 a.m. Parents/Guardians may request additional tickets by completing an Extra Ticket Request form and submitting to the Activities Office, prior to Tuesday, May 1. These extra tickets will be added to the 12 tickets that students receive on May 24th. Extra tickets will not be given out prior to May 24th. Please understand that since each student will be receiving 12 tickets, there will be very few tickets left for extra requests. Young children, as well as CCSD employees sitting in the stands, will need a ticket. The Thomas & Mack does not allow for “seat saving”. If you want to sit with a particular group of people, your group should plan to arrive together.
Photographers and Video Services
Cameras are not allowed on the stage or on the floor of the Thomas & Mack. All types of cameras, including video cameras, will be allowed in the public seating areas only. Parents may take pictures from their seats. All aisles must be kept clear. Please be sensitive to those seated behind you and refrain from standing to take pictures during the ceremony. A professional photographer will be available to take graduation pictures as graduates cross the stage. Picture brochures will be provided 2-3 weeks before the ceremony. Individual picture proofs may be obtained online from our contracted photographer after the ceremony. The Thomas & Mack provides a professional DVD recording of the entire graduation ceremony. An order form will be distributed to all graduates and the video can be purchased the day of the ceremony.
Guests will enter the arena using the elevator at the main entrance and may bring one guest. Handicapped seating is on the floor level and is not intended for strollers.
Parents, friends or graduating seniors who are deaf or hard of hearing and in need of interpreting services for the graduation ceremonies are asked to make requests for interpreter services through Silverado College Preparatory & Career/Technical High School’s Activities Office. Please call Mrs. Jerlecki at (702)799-5790 extension 4202 if you need assistance.
Senior Grad Walk/Distribution of Caps and Gowns
Silverado will conduct its first annual Grad Walk on May 18, 2018. Herff Jones will be here to distribute caps and gowns and graduates will parade through the building. This will take place during the first two periods (2 and 4) since senior exams will be during the last two periods (6 and 8). Only students who are on track for graduation, who do not owe any fines to Silverado High School, and have made all payments to Herff Jones will receive their cap and gown. Students will keep their cap and gown until the graduation ceremony. Any parents that come to view the Grad Walk must be directed to the Quad area. They will line up in the path that the graduates walk through but they will not be allowed into the buildings. Students will keep their cap and gowns from May 18 to May 24. Following the graduation ceremony on May 24, all seniors will need to return their gowns to Herff Jones.
Fines and Fees
All fees, fines and other debts owed to the school must be paid in full before caps and gowns will be issued on May 18. Fine letters will be mailed home to notify students and parents regarding outstanding fines. In order to participate in the graduation ceremony at the Thomas & Mack, all fines must be paid. Please have all fines cleared by May 18, 2018. Cash, money order, or checks will only be accepted at the school bank. In addition, you can pay for most fines on the Web Store on the Silverado Website. The address is silveradohslv.net and click on the Web Store link in the upper right-hand corner. Checks will no longer be accepted after May 1, 2018.
Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal
A mandatory graduation rehearsal for all graduates will take place in the cafeteria on Thursday, May 24 at 8:00 a.m. Students who do not attend the mandatory rehearsal will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony at the Thomas & Mack. Graduates are reminded that regular school attire must be worn at the graduation rehearsal. Admission tickets to the ceremony will be distributed at the conclusion of rehearsal.
Proper Commencement Attire
The following attire for seniors participating in the commencement ceremony has been established and will be strictly enforced. Under their gowns students should wear the following:
Gentlemen – light-colored dress shirt with a collar, a tie, dark slacks, socks and dark dress shoes.
Ladies – dress or skirt that meets the school district guidelines (length not to exceed graduation gown) and dress shoes.
No shorts, jeans, flip-flops, slippers or tennis shoes of any kind will be allowed. Students violating the prescribed dress code will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. Graduates should have their graduation gown on when they arrive at the Thomas & Mack. When wearing the cap, place the tassel on the left. Cellular phones or any other electronic devices are not allowed in the students’ possession at any time. Backpacks are not permitted. All students must follow the Clark County School District dress code.
Any student who does not exhibit proper behavior will be immediately removed from the graduation area. A diploma will not be issued to the student at that time but will be issued to parents at a conference with the school principal. Parents/guardians must request and hold the conference within 30 days after graduation. School personnel will be assigned supervisory responsibilities to assist graduates during the ceremonies. Should a student be found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the ceremony, he/she will be denied the opportunity to participate in the exercises and will be removed from the graduation area.
Requests have been made to the Activities’ Office asking that audience members refrain from distracting noises during the graduation ceremony. Please do not bring whistles, noisemakers, air horns, or other devices that will disrupt the ceremony and prevent others from hearing the name of the next graduate. All noisemakers will be confiscated by security personnel. Please allow all audience members to hear the name of that special graduate they came to honor. Please also remember that seat saving is not allowed.
Mortarboard (Cap) Throwing
Due to the possibility of injury, the throwing of mortarboards (and any other objects) prior to, during, or following the graduation exercise is strictly prohibited. Please also note that mortarboards cannot be altered/decorated in any way.
After the Ceremony
Graduates will exit through the backstage area to receive their diplomas and depart through the Thomas & Mack tunnel. Families of the graduates should wait for them in the parking area.
Distribution of Diplomas
During the ceremonies, diploma covers will be presented to graduates by class advisors and school board members or central office administrators. The actual diplomas will be given to students as they show their cap to the appropriate diploma distributor after the ceremony. Seniors must have their caps with their names printed inside to receive their diplomas.
Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Senior Awards Night Program on May 15th, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in our school Theatre. This program is scheduled specifically for individual recognition.
Dates to Remember
April 30 – May 4 Senior Week Festivities
May 3 Senior Assembly
May 4 Grade Nite at Six Flags
May 15 Senior Awards Night
May 18 Senior Grad Walk
May 18 Senior Exams (Periods 6,8)
May 21 Senior Exams (Periods 1,3)
May 22 Senior Exams (Periods 2,4)
May 23 Senior Exams (Periods 5,7)
May 24 Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal 8:00 am in cafeteria Tickets will be distributed after rehearsal.
May 24 Graduation ceremony at Thomas & Mack Graduates must arrive by 5:00 pm
May 25 *Non-participating graduates may pick up their diplomas from the Registrar’s Office between
7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Kevin Lugo, Carson Loosbrock, Nicholas Saito, Noah Meyer, Lyricnoel Ciarlo, Katherine Dimaya