High School Graduation - Class of 2021

The Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony will take place in person on Saturday, June 5 at 10am in the Skyway Stadium. A livestream option will be provided to families who do not prefer to attend in person. 

HS GRADUATION
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HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION
SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2021 | 10:00-11:30AM
VCS FOOTBALL FIELD | IN-PERSON
100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA 95111
Livestream Starts at 10:00am

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR GRADUATION EVENTS!
If you have questions or changes to your reservation, please contact your campus directly.


The number of guests permitted to attend VCHS 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 will have a livestream option for Baccalaureate and Graduation for students and families who would like to participate from home instead of in-person.

The Class of 2021 has accomplished so many things in a challenging season; we are so proud and look forward to celebrating you!

Additional Information

JOSTENS PRODUCTS

If you still need to pick up your Jostens products please contact Lisa Samuelsonlsamuelson@vcs.net

If you did not pick up your cap and gown you will receive it at our graduation practice on Thursday, June 3 at 4pm.

**Use the button below if you have not yet ordered.

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SENIOR SUNSET
Wednesday, May 26 | 6:00-9:00pm
VCS Football Field

Senior Sunset & Yearbook Distribution will be Wednesday, May 26 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. If you plan to attend this event, please park in the Senior lot, then walk up to the football stadium; your yearbook will be given to you when you arrive. This is a Senior only event, no yearbooks will be available for underclassmen at this event. Dinner will be provided. Registration is required for this event.

**Drive-thru Yearbook pick-up location will be available at this time for Seniors who would not like to attend in-person.

SENIOR GRADUATION PRACTICE
Thursday, June 3 | 4:00pm
VCS Football Field

Senior Graduation Practice is held before Baccalaureate. All students attending Graduation in person are required to attend Graduation Practice and Baccalaureate. After the Graduation Practice, graduates will transition to a food truck dinner then to Baccalaureate.

BACCALAUREATE
Thursday, June 3 | 6:45-7:45pm
VCS Football Field

In-person attendance for Baccalaureate is required for all students who plan to attend in-person Graduation. Each graduate is allowed one (1) pod, which consists of up to four (4) guests. Only in-state, pre-registered guests may attend. Registration is required for this event. 

A livestream option will be provided to families who do not prefer to attend in-person.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY
Saturday, June 5 | 10:00-11:30am
VCS Football Field

Please allow yourself plenty of time for arrival and check-in on the day of the Graduation Ceremony. We would like the graduates to meet on the Soccer Field on Saturday, June 5 at 9:00am. 

A livestream option will be provided to families who do not prefer to attend in-person.

Caps & Gowns: Seniors, make sure that you bring your caps and gowns to the event. Please do not decorate your caps.

Dress Code for the Graduation Ceremony
Seniors wear their Graduation robes and Graduation caps.

Men: wear slacks, collared shirts, and ties with appropriate shoes (no sneakers or flip flops). Men may not wear earrings or hats. 

Women: wear dresses or slacks/skirts and blouses that are in dress code. Shoes need to be wedges or flats, NOT heels.

Day of Event Details for Baccalaureate

Wristbands for Entry: Wristbands for graduates and for each registered guest were mailed to the graduates home address last week. The wristband is your ticket to enter the Graduation event.

5:45pm – The Stadium Opens to Begin Seating for the Baccalaureate Ceremony

  • All graduates and guests must enter through stadium stairwells and verify event wristbands with Security.

  • Security will direct anyone without a wristband to the Guest Services tent (located on the Conservatory Lawn) for assistance.

6:45pm – Baccalaureate In-Person Ceremony Begins

  • Face coverings and physical distancing 6’ minimum applies.

  • Graduates and guests will be seated in pods in stadium stands. A minimum of 6’ physical distancing must be maintained between family pods.

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

Approximately 7:45pm – Baccalaureate 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 guests will be dismissed from the stadium by sections and directed to the parking lots.
  • Security staff will dismiss graduates and guests from the stadium one section at a time exiting to their right using the far right stairwell exit (closest to soccer field). Graduates and guests will proceed directly to the parking lot.

Day of Event Details for HS Graduation

Wristbands for Entry: Wristbands for graduates and for each registered guest were mailed to the graduates home address last week. The wristband is your ticket to enter the Graduation event.

8:45am – The Stadium Opens to Begin Seating for the Graduation Ceremony

  • All guests must enter through stadium stairwells and verify event wristbands with Security.

  • Security will direct anyone without a wristband to the Guest Services tent (located on the Conservatory lawn) for assistance.

9:00am – Graduates Must be on the Soccer Field to Line Up for the Ceremony

  • Face coverings and physical distancing 6’ minimum applies.

10:00am – High School In-Person Graduation Ceremony Begins

  • Face coverings and physical distancing 6’ minimum applies.
  • Graduates must be seated with a minimum physical distancing of at least 6’ between seats.
  • Handshakes, hugs, high fives..etc are not allowed. Lots of applause is encouraged!
  • Diploma or diploma cover 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. 
  • Graduates will pick up their official diploma from a table on the field after their photo is taken. Staff must be wearing gloves.

Approximately 11:30am – High School 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 will recess from the stadium to the Conservatory lawn maintaining 6’ physical distancing at all times.
  • VIP guests seated on the field and parked in green lot will be directed to exit to their left and down the stairwell to the Conservatory lawn. VIP guests may pick up their graduate from the lawn and proceed to the green lot.
  • 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).
  • 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.