Students participating in graduation must attend the graduation practice. This practice will be held on Friday, May 31st, at Spiegelberg Stadium. (Check back for time.) In order to participate in graduation, students have to satisfy all credit and competency requirements necessary for graduation.
All fines must be cleared by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2nd in order to receive tickets for the graduation ceremony or a diploma at the ceremony. We will provide an opportunity to pay off fees at SMHS directly following graduation practice or any time before then in the SMHS office.
Admission to graduation will be by ticket only. Tickets will be distributed to seniors at the end of graduation practice. Each graduating senior will receive eight (8) tickets to the ceremony. Silver cardholders will receive nine (9) tickets and Gold cardholders will receive ten (10) tickets. Students will receive two additional tickets if they attend Senior Day on and another ticket if they participate in the Graduation Walk. Any excess tickets will be distributed to students at the end of graduate practice on Friday, May 31st.
The graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 1st at Spiegelberg Stadium. (Check back for time.) The doors will open for seating at 30 minutes prior to graduation. Please plan to exit the stadium shortly after the ceremony as NMHS will be starting their ceremony shortly thereafter. Graduates are to assemble in the South Medford High School main gym one hour before graduation and will be bussed to the stadium from South. SMHS would like to end the year in great fashion. This will include a first-class and formal graduation ceremony. All participants will be expected to act in a mature manner and dress for the occasion. Any disruptive or immature behavior will result in the removal of the student or participant from the ceremony.
Latecomers to the graduation ceremony may be seated in an assigned area, so as not to disrupt the ceremony.
During previous graduation ceremonies, people who came early and saved seats for later members of their party caused many problems for the audience. Consequently, South High does not permit seat saving. Ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis, and all ticket holders will be assured a seat. In addition, staff ushers will assist groups with finding appropriate seating. We appreciate your cooperation in providing fair accommodations to all patrons.
South High will have designated seating for individuals who are handicapped or wheelchair-bound. If a member of your family is in need of handicapped seating, you may register their needs by clicking this link.
The cap and gown worn on graduation day is a tradition that dates back 700 years. The cap should be worn so that the mortar board is level on top. The point of the cap should be approximately one inch above the eyebrows. The tassel is worn on the right side of the mortar board and caps should not be decorated. The gowns should be carefully pressed with a cool/warm iron and placed on a hanger until worn. After your student receives their diploma, the class will switch the tassel from the right to the left side. Students in the top 10% will wear a gold tassel to designate their special academic standing. Students who have achieved an academic 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA during high school will also wear gold satin stoles. South Medford High School provides the stoles for use by honored students during the ceremony. Stoles must be turned in immediately upon completion of the ceremony. Therefore, please take photographs of your honored student prior to the ceremony.
Students participating in the ceremony must strictly adhere to a professional dress code: collared shirts, ties, skirts and dresses of appropriate length, and dress shoes. In order to ensure full participation, a change of clothes will be provided for students wearing jeans, t-shirts, shorts, athletic clothing, tanks, tennis shoes, casual sandals, or flip-flops. Due to walking surfaces, dress shoes should have a wedge or flat bottom. Any student who has questions about appropriateness or has financial difficulty in meeting these requirements should contact Kelly Burton, Activities Director, at 541-842-1446.
Rules for senior photos: Seniors must upload your .jpg file to https://images.jostens.com/0Q_Ed1wHFMX2Co819PRc59w. It is ESSENTIAL that they include their correctly spelled names and include “Senior Picture” in the description. They must wear school appropriate attire (see handbook dress code). No hats, hoods, hands, props. We need the original/high resolution size image. No screenshots/screen captures or selfies. Attach photos as .jpg files. Send a headshot (waist up), or we will crop. Think 2x3"-ish rectangle. We want people to be able to see and identify you for years to come!
Rules for senior quotes: Seniors MUST RESPOND to the senior quote survey which is a Google Form that will be mailed to every senior with a @msd549c.org (district) email address. Quotes must be meaningful and school appropriate. Read the Google Form for more information.
May 31, 2023: Senior Day: Busses leave SMHS at 10:00 am and return by 2:00 pm. (Students must take the bus.) Cost is $25 and can be paid at the Activities Window until May 30th. Students receive two additional graduation tickets.
June 1, 2023 - Grad Walk: Check-in starts at 9:00 am @ SMHS bus ramps. Meet at South in your cap and gown. Students receive an extra graduation ticket for participating.
June 1, 2023, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Graduation Practice: Students participating in graduation must attend the graduation practice. This practice is held at Spiegelberg Stadium. In order to participate in graduation, students need to satisfy all credit and competency requirements necessary for graduation.
June 2, 2023 - Clearance of Fines: All fines must be cleared by 4:00 pm in order to receive tickets for the graduation ceremony or a diploma at the ceremony. We will provide an opportunity to pay off fees at SMHS directly following graduation practice or any time before then in the SMHS office.
June 3, 2023, @ 9:00 am- Graduation at Spiegelberg Stadium The doors will open for seating at 8:30 am. Please plan to exit the stadium shortly after the ceremony as NMHS will be starting their ceremony shortly thereafter. Graduates are to assemble in the South Medford High School main gym at 7:00 am and will be bussed to the stadium from South.