Elementary Graduations

We are excited to announce that the Valley Christian Elementary Graduations will take place! A livestream option will be provided to families who do not prefer to attend in person. 

5th GRADE GRADUATION
Livestream to watch virtually
Click Here to Watch the Live 5th Grade Graduation
VIEW ON DAY OF EVENT - JUNE 2, 2021 | 4:00-5:15PM

Dates & Times

5th GRADE GRADUATION
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2021 | 4:00-5:15PM
VCS FOOTBALL FIELD | IN-PERSON
100 Skyway Drive
San Jose, CA 95111
Livestream Starts at 4:00pm

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR GRADUATION EVENTS!

If you have questions or changes to your reservation, please contact your campus directly.

We are excited to announce plans for an in-person Graduation Ceremony at our beautiful Skyway Campus!

We will have a livestream option for the 5th Grade Graduation for students and families who would like to participate from home instead of in-person.

The number of guests permitted to attend VCES Graduation is four (4) per student for only in-state or fully vaccinated out-of-state, pre-registered guests. Each student and their guests are considered a “pod.” Please read through the entire COVID Protocol for Graduation Events to understand the guidelines of your pod. 

We pray this will be a memorable time in your child's life.

KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2021
Live Via Zoom for Parents to Attend

The event will happen for students in their classrooms while parents attend remotely via Zoom. Teachers will individually recognize each student, share a yearlong highlight slideshow, and share closing comments.

On Wednesday, June 2, students can go home at 12:30pm or stay and play until 2:45pm. Wednesday will be the official last day of school for Kindergarten students, as there will be no school for them on Thursday or Friday that week.

More information, including times, coming soon from your teacher. We are excited about the opportunity to celebrate with you! We pray this will be a memorable time in your child’s life. 

Additional Information

Graduation Day Photos

KINDERGARTEN
Still Light Studios will be on campus, before the Graduation date, to take cap and gown portraits of all kindergarten students. Information will be sent home with instructions about accessing, viewing, and purchasing photos. Watch for more details, including the portrait date.

5th GRADE
Still Light Studios will take photos on the day of Graduation. Information will be sent home with instructions about accessing, viewing, and purchasing photos.

Day of Event Details for 5th Grade Graduation

3:15pm – The Stadium Opens to Begin Seating for the Graduation Ceremony

  • All graduates and guests must enter through stadium entry stairwells.

  • Security will verify event wristbands at entry.

  • Security will direct anyone without a wristband to the Guest Services tent (located on the Conservatory Lawn) for assistance.
  • Graduates will be directed to their seats on the field.

4:00pm – 5th Grade In-Person Graduation Ceremony Begins

  • Face coverings and physical distancing 6’ minimum applies.

  • Handshakes, hugs, high fives..etc are not allowed. Lots of applause is encouraged!

  • Certificate may be handed to graduates on stage by a staff member wearing gloves.

  • Individual graduate photo will take place off of the stage. Each graduate may remove their mask during the individual photo (if desired) while maintaining a minimum of 6’ from photographer and all others. Mask must be worn at all other times. 

Approximately 5:00pm – 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony Concludes

Please remain seated until the graduates have exited and your section is dismissed. Please maintain physical distancing while exiting the stadium and returning to your vehicle.

  • Graduates and faculty will recess from the stadium to the Conservatory lawn maintaining 6’ physical distancing at all times
  • Security staff will dismiss guests from the stadium one section at a time exiting to their right using the far right stairwell exit (closest to soccer field).
  • VIP Guests seated on the field (parked in the green lot) will be directed to exit to their left and down the stairwell to the Conservatory lawn to pick up the graduate
  • One designated guest may pick up the graduate at the Conservatory lawn. All other guests will proceed directly to the parking lot.

Event Entry for Guests & Students

  • Guests will receive registration confirmation and event wristbands from their campus coordinator in advance of events. The wristband is your ticket to enter the Graduation event. Guests with wristbands may go directly to the stadium entrances for security check-in. Guests must sit with their pods physically distanced from other pods. Stadium bleachers are marked appropriately.
  • When graduates and guests arrive at the event, graduates will go to their check-in location as directed by each campus event coordinator and guests will go directly to the stadium entrance where security will check for wristbands.
    • Attendance MUST be recorded of all graduates along with checking their Darcy Pass for the day.
    • All graduates must be wearing the graduation event wristband and show a valid Darcy Fast Pass for the day to participate in graduation. No exceptions.
  • Guest wristbands will be verified by Security personnel at each entry location.
    • All attendees (graduates, guests, employees, VIPs) must have a wristband to enter the event, no exceptions.
      • Graduate or guest without an event wristband will be sent to the “Guest Services” tent for assistance

Guests

We look forward to welcoming you at Valley Christian Schools! Below you will find some information to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable.

Entrance

Wristbands are required for entrance to all graduation events. Campuses will distribute wristbands to all pre-registered guests in advance of each event.  

Guests arriving without a wrist band will not be permitted at the venue, no exceptions.

What to Expect at Graduation

As you prepare for your visit to Valley Christian Schools, there are a few things to know.

First, the health and safety of guests and graduates is our top priority. To ensure a safe experience for all, we will be requiring the following:

  • All health and safety measures will be observed, based on California and county guidelines, as well as campus policies, which require continuous masking at graduation ceremonies, except when actively hydrating.
  • Guests will be required to self-screen for COVID symptoms prior to entry. Please do not attend graduation eventsif you answer “yes” to any of these questions:
    • Have you ever had any of these symptoms in the past three (3) days? Yes or No
      • Fever (+100 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Chills
      • Cough
      •  Sore throat
      •  Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Fatigue (new)
      • Muscle/body aches (new)
      • Headaches (new)
      • Loss of sense of smell or taste (new)
      • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 
    • In the past 14 days, have you had a positive COVID-19 test? Yes or No

Upon arrival, guest pods will be escorted directly to the seating area. Each pod will be directed to a designated set of seats where they will be seated together. Each graduate or graduate and guests pod will be seated socially distanced.

Following each ceremony, all guests will recess as they are directed row by row, maintaining social distancing. We ask graduates and guests not to congregate in the venue or on campus before or after the ceremony. This will allow us to maintain appropriate social distancing. 

Traffic around campus will be heavy, so please plan to arrive early. This will allow time for parking and walking to Warrior Stadium. Gates will open one hour prior to each graduation event. Keep in mind, traffic will be heavy leaving campus after the ceremonies as well. Please plan for additional time to depart.

For guests who are unable to join in person, a livestream of each graduation event will be broadcast on the specific campus graduation website. 

Important Note:

Valley Christian Schools cannot allow graduates and guests to loiter after this event, so please make your way off-campus in a timely manner. Please plan to take pictures off-campus.
 

COVID Protocol for Graduation Events

Event Registration Required

  • Each graduate must register.
  • Only in-state or fully vaccinated out-of-state, pre-registered guests may attend graduation events.
  • Attendance is limited to pre-registered school employees, graduates, household members, and family members.
  • In lieu of in-person attendance, a live broadcast will be available for those individuals who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 (e.g., due to age or high-risk underlying conditions) or living out of state.
  • Each graduate is allowed one (1) pod which consists of up to four (4) guests. Names and an email address of each guest will be required when registering.

Health & Safety

  • Individuals who are sick or in isolation or quarantine must remain at home.
  • All attendees are required to self-screen for fever and COVID-19 symptoms before leaving home for the event.
  • If you are feeling ill, have symptoms of COVID-19, you should NOT attend the graduation events.
  • Face coverings are required at all times. Please come prepared.
  • As of May 19, Santa Clara County moved into the Yellow Tier. The CDPH no longer requires proof of vaccination or a negative test of graduates or guests attending graduation events. VCS has removed this requirement from our Health & Safety protocols for these events.
  • 6-foot physical distancing must be maintained from those outside their pod.
  • Each pod will be seated in the stadium stands with a minimum of 6-feet physical distancing from other pods. Those in the same pod do not need to be 6-feet apart.
  • Please remain seated until the graduates have exited and your section is dismissed.
  • Guests will not be allowed on the field after the ceremony.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, refreshments will not be provided.  No food is allowed in the stadium and water fountains have been turned off following county guidelines. If necessary, please bring your own water bottle.

Graduation Parking & Transportation

  • Limit one (1) vehicle per “pod.” Each student and their guests are considered a “pod.” Students can only bring up to “four (4) people” to graduation.​​​​​
  • VCS will not be offering shuttle service for graduation events. All graduates and their guests must arrive together in pre-registered pods.
    • Parking on the Skyway Campus is for family pods and VIP parking only. No student or faculty parking available.

High School Baccalaureate Parking & Transportation

Parking on the Skyway Campus is for guests only at the Baccalaureate Service that evening. Seniors will need to park at the Capitol Station park and ride (Address: 13043 Fehren Dr, San Jose, CA 95111) and be shuttled up to VCHS football stadium beginning at 2:45pm and will end at 3:45pm. Please arrive early so that you can make it up to Skyway by 4:00pm. 

Updates

  • Please continue to monitor your emails, your newsletter and our graduation webpages for details about rehearsals, day-of procedures, etc.
  • Please continue to visit our graduation webpages for the latest graduation information.

 

Novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 (“COVID-19”), has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies have recommended or required social distancing, the wearing of masks, and imposed other limitations regarding the congregation of groups of people.  
 
Valley Christian Schools (“VCS”) has put in place preventative measures in an attempt to reduce any potential spread of COVID-19; however, VCS cannot guarantee that any attendee to the VCS campus will not become exposed to or infected with COVID-19. Attending graduation in person is not required. Instead, attendance is voluntary and optional, at the discretion of each family. However, attending graduation in person could increase the risk of you or any other household member (“Family”) being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19.  
 
By choosing to voluntarily enter the VCS campus, you are expressly acknowledging the contagious nature of COVID-19 and agreeing that you are voluntarily assuming the risk of any injury or damage related to COVID-19 for you and your Family. This includes, but is not be limited to, potential personal injury, illness, emotional distress, permanent disability, medical expenses, lost wages or earnings, and death.