Everything you need to know for graduation

(We add dates and details to these notes throughout the year, especially in May and June. Check back.)

Special Note:  Running Start students are welcome to all events. For the graduation ceremony, they must show online to their counselor passing grades or the expectation that any required credits will be earned this quarter.

Many of the graduation celebrations are developed by the senior-class officers. With that comes slight changes to traditions each year. Watch these pages for the specifics planned for your class.

  • Required High School & Beyond Plan that all students must complete to graduate (state requirement).
    • This plan for a job, college, or other training must be complete to earn a diploma.
    • Your student should have been completing tasks throughout high school.
    • If your student needs any assistance, see our College & Career Advisor.
  • Senior Prom: This ASB-sponsored event is a formal dance held at an off-campus venue chosen by the senior-class officers. Plans are announced in spring. The date is available before January 1.
  • Graduation Rehearsal: 23-24 Senior Graduation Power Point NHS v.5 _06.10.24
  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Grad Knight senior celebration night
  • Graduation Week Events
    • Required Graduation Rehearsal:
      • Seniors participating in the graduation ceremonies at the UW must attend this rehearsal.
      • Students must understand their movements during the ceremony so that we efficiently send nearly 500 young adults on their way.
      • At this rehearsal, students will learn where among the senior class they will be seated.
      • Ask your student about this placement and position yourself in the stadium so that you have a nice view of your graduate.
    • Senior Awards Assembly:
      • Usually on the seniors’ last day at Newport, seniors are recognized for special achievements in the PAC.
      • Only seniors and staff attend this event.
    • Senior Brunch:
      • This informal gathering with light refreshments offers students and staff a chance for conversation and farewells.
      • Usually takes place on the seniors’ last day at NHS.
    • Senior Farewell Assembly: This whole-school ASB spirit event sends seniors off with the cheers ringing in their ears.
    • Ticket pickup: Generally, seniors pick up their tickets on the last day of classes (same day as the required graduation rehearsal and Senior Brunch)
      • Students may not pickup their tickets until laptop and materials return is complete, fines are paid, etc.
      • Ticket distribution sometimes varies from year to year. We announce the number of tickets per family and any associated costs in the spring. Look for details here.
    • Materials & laptop return:
    • Yearbook pickup: The day and procedure varies each year and students will receive instructions directly. We do our best to distribute in time for seniors to collect autographs and messages from staff and students.
      • Students may not pick up their yearbook until all material loans are returned and all fines and fees paid.
      • Students must have their student ID to pick up the yearbook.
      • Yearbooks are sold on a preorder basis. The last opportunity to purchase is in January.
    • Diploma Pickup:  Student pick up their diploma in the school office during the week following graduation.
      • Diplomas ARE NOT MAILED.
    • Transcripts:  
  • Student email & teams accounts:
    • All student digital communication and storage accounts are closed within a week of graduation.
    • Students should transfer any items stored on BSD laptops and cloud, including Teams, Outlook email, OneNote and OneDrive.
    • Especially preserve any college-entry email materials.
  • Fall Senior Class Meeting: 
  • Yearbook
  • Purchasing required graduation attire and optional souvenirs.
  • Yard Signs to announce your student’s graduation.
  • Newport Shores Holiday Brunch: This event is a PTSA fundraiser for Grad Knight, usually held in late November or early December. Learn more here.

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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.