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Graduation Requirements

Congratulations to all seniors!!!

You have worked hard to get to the point of high school graduation. You are to be commended for your hard work!! We are excited to see where our South graduates go in life and hope that they always stay in touch through our Alumni Association.Whether you are the first to graduate in your family or the last, there are many steps you must follow to ensure a smooth senior year and a clear path to the graduation ceremony. The people and numbers below will help navigate your way to the graduation ceremony.

Senior Timeline

The senior timeline will help keep you organized throughout the year. Print one out for your home as well as your backpack. Use it as a reference so you don’t miss any steps/information.

Senior Meetings

All seniors must attend the senior meetings, which are held during advisement. Valuable information will be shared at these meetings. Those seniors not in attendance may miss important deadlines and be unaware of upcoming dates. There are no makeup meetings, so please plan accordingly.

Your Counselor

It is important throughout your entire high school life that you keep in touch with your counselor. Try to stop by at least once a semester to check in. During your senior year, however, it is more important than ever. Your counselor, located in room 113, will work with you to make sure you have met all graduation requirements.

Check out the Counseling site

Senior Fees

All seniors are responsible for paying any outstanding fees to the treasurer’s office BEFORE Senior Checkout Day. Seniors will not receive their cap and gown or graduation tickets until all fees are completely paid.

Future Center

All seniors should stop by the Future’s Center and the Denver Scholarship Foundation. Meeting with its director, Dante Bills, may be a key to completing your college applications as well as opening up opportunities for scholarship and grant possibilities.

Denver Scholarship Foundation

Caps/Gowns/Announcements – Jostens

Your cap, gown and tassel are all purchased through Jostens. The 2018 cost for the cap/gown/tassel will be approximately $43.00. You may also purchase class rings, announcements and other accessories through Jostens if you wish. Our Jostens representative is Troy Tyson. Troy can be reached at 303-470-5136. Cap and gowns are not distributed until Senior Checkout Day.

Cap and Gown Photos – Lifetouch

Cap and gown photos are available each spring. While this is not mandatory, it is a great opportunity to have a professional photo taken of you in your purple cap and gown. Lifetouch photographers take these photos. Questions for Lifetouch should be directed to 303-565-5200.

Senior Video

What a great memory – your high school graduation. And even if you’re ready to spread your wings outside the walls of South High School, any adult will tell you that, in time, it’s always fun to look back from where you came. A video is produced each year for the graduating class. The first part of the video is your actual graduation ceremony. The second half is the senior video – with highlights from the entire senior year. The video is created by South teacher Richard Cole. Questions on how to buy a video can be directed to

Full Field Panoramic

Seniors will take a group picture. All photos may be paid for and picked up 24-48 hours later at a specified location. The location and time will be announced at the time of the photo. Questions about this photo may be directed to Dan Derry at Full Field Panoramic.

Graduation Photo

At the ceremony you will walk across the stage and receive your diploma from one of the assistant principals. At that moment, a picture will be taken of you. A few weeks after graduation, all graduates will receive a proof in the mail with instructions of how to purchase a picture. Questions about this photo can go to Graduation Foto at 1-800-283-1779.

Graduation Rehearsals

There will be 2 graduation rehearsals each May. One will be held on Senior Checkout day in the gym and one will be held at the Richie Center. Both rehearsals are mandatory. Dates and times of these rehearsals can be found on your Senior Timeline.

Senior Speeches

ANY graduating senior is encouraged to try out for a graduation speech. While our Valedictorian and Salutatorian have a specific part in the ceremony, there are other speaking parts which are open to any senior. Details of the speech tryouts will be available through the Graduation Chairman.

Senior Awards Breakfast

The Senior Awards Breakfast happens each spring shortly after Senior Checkout. Seniors receiving an award will be notified through an invitation. Invited seniors and their parents attend this special breakfast held off campus.

Tickets to the Ceremony

All seniors will receive 10 tickets to the graduation free of cost. After that, tickets may be purchased for $5. Seniors will pay and receive all tickets on Senior Checkout Day. Once the extra tickets run out, they’re gone.

Senior Timeline

Senior Finals: May 20th (periods 1, 3, 5, 7) and 21st (periods 2, 4, 6)

Senior Awards Ceremony: May 22nd, 6:00 pm, Auditorium

Senior Checkout, BBQ, and Graduation Rehearsal: May 23rd, 12:30 pm, Auditorium

Graduation Rehearsal: May 29th, 5:00 pm, DU

Graduation: May 29th, 7:00 pm, DU Ritchie Center

Senior fees are due May 3rd