Details about the Event

  • Commencement will be held at Newport High School Performing Arts Center at 7:30 PM on Thursday, June 13.
  • The doors for guests will open at 7:00 PM
  • Students will meet in the Newport Commons at 5:00 PM. Students need to remember to bring their cap, gown, and stole. Prior to the event, families are encouraged to check to see if the gown needs to be ironed. Seniors should be dropped off as they will not be allowed to leave their vehicle overnight.


Guests and Seating

Seniors will receive their tickets two days before Commencement, during rehearsal. Everyone will need a ticket in order to attend the ceremony.   Request tickets in the Commencement Attendance Survey.



Lifetouch will be onsite at Newport taking a portrait of each student receiving their diploma. Students may also take a picture in their cap and gown prior to the event at their option.  Families can access photos after the ceremony by texting the access code of 108651GY24 to 90738. Our commencement ceremony will not be livestreamed this year.



During the ceremony, students will receive their diploma cover. The actual diploma may be picked up at the International School office beginning 9:00AM Friday, June 14. At that time, we will be able to ensure that everything has been turned in. Please make arrangements to pick up diplomas by noon Tuesday, June 18.  If this is problematic because you are out of town, please contact the office and we can make arrangements to mail the diploma.


Expectations and Guidelines for Graduates

  • The purpose of a graduation ceremony or commencement is to bring the community together to recognize, honor and celebrate the hard work and success of the graduates.
  • The purpose of the graduation ceremony guidelines is to ensure a positive experience for all participants.


Items of Cultural Significance

Students may wear items of personal or cultural significance around their neck (in addition to the school stole and honor cords), such as flower leis and Kente cloth graduation stoles. Students may wear other items of personal and cultural significance. These items are subject to the same restrictions as graduation caps outlined below.


Cap Decorations

Graduation caps will be reviewed and approved in advance of the ceremony. Examples of appropriate cap decorations include:

  • Thank a parent, grandparent, teacher, or friend.
  • Recognize the university you will attend.
  • The year you are graduating.
  • The branch of the military you will be joining.


Decorations must not:

  • Include obscene, profane, vulgar or lewd language or images.
  • State or imply intimidation, discrimination, or ridicule based on a legally protected status such as race, religion, ancestry, national origin, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics.
  • Contain any symbols, advertisements, initials, abbreviations, words, slogans, patches or pictures that refer to drugs or controlled substances, tobacco, alcohol, weapons or be of a sexual nature.
  • Denote an affiliation with gangs or groups that advocate drug use, violence, illegal activity, or any disruptive behavior that is detrimental to the safety and welfare of other students.
  • Threaten the safety or welfare of any person.
  • Include slogans of any kind (EX) ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’, ‘Defund the Police’, ‘Let’s Go Brandon’


Specific Requirements for Cap Decorations:

  • Only the flat, top area of the cap may be decorated. No items or decoration can hang off the cap from the sides.
  • Decorations must be flat on the surface (approximately 1/2 inch). ‘3-D’ creations are prohibited.
  • Decorations cannot include blinking lights or moving parts (nothing battery operated)
  • Decorations cannot include anything that will make noise (no bells, whistles, etc.)
  • Glitter is not allowed.


Prohibited Items

  • Signs- Signs block the view of other audience members. (Students and Guests)
  • Slogans- Printed on caps, cultural items, etc. (EX) ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’, ‘Defund the Police’, ‘Let’s Go Brandon’, etc. (Students)
  • Noisemakers
  • Beach balls, inflatables


Finish Strong Academically

Final grades do matter, and colleges have been known to revoke admittance for seniors who have completely blown off the end of the year. Students, you have worked hard for years, and it is important to see this through to the end.


Senior Activities

Families may sometimes hear from their senior about planned activities and may wonder if these are “approved” or not. Here is a quick summary:

  1. There is no approved “Senior Skip Day.” Any senior who participates in this type of activity will have an unexcused absence and may not be able to make up any missed work—which could have a significant impact at the end of the year for final grades.
  2. Overnight camping on school property is not allowed.
  3. Senior pranks can sometimes cause damage that students and families are individually responsible for. While these are not formally condoned, we have worked with seniors in the past to come up with ideas that can be fun but not destructive or harmful to others.


Thank you for your assistance during this time. We truly are desiring to share this advice to ensure that our students and families can enjoy the most important memories of this time.




Russell White and Irina Kourilenko

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.