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Dear Graduating Students,

Congratulations on navigating your senior year; you are almost there!  We are excited to celebrate with your families, school staff, and our community in the coming weeks at Providence Park. We truly want this to be a joyful experience for everyone. We hope that all of you realize our vision: as a graduate of Portland Public Schools you will be a compassionate critical thinker, able to collaborate and solve problems, and be prepared to lead a more socially just world. 

As we approach the culmination of your journey through Portland Public Schools, we would like to remind you of the expectations for behavior and attire during the upcoming graduation ceremony. This event marks a significant milestone in your academic and personal development, and it is important that we celebrate it with dignity, joy, and respect.

We expect all graduates to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively on themselves, their families, and the school community. This includes showing consideration for fellow graduates, staff, and guests throughout the ceremony. Please refrain from disruptive behavior or any actions that may detract from the ceremony.  This ceremony is about you and your fellow graduates, but it also holds significance for your families and other people’s families.  For this and many other reasons, it needs to be respectful of all cultures and honor the importance of this day for them as well as for you. 

In terms of attire, we ask that you dress appropriately for this event. Graduation is a school sponsored event, for which school dress codes apply (AD 4.30.013 Student Dress Code and Grooming Policy). Traditional graduation attire, such as caps and gowns, should be worn as provided by the school. If your school allows graduates to decorate caps or modify gowns, those modifications should meet the standards and expectations of our dress code. Of course, Native students may wear tribal regalia during our graduation ceremonies per Oregon law.

Please arrive on time and follow instructions from staff members regarding seating and procession. Your cooperation will help the ceremony proceed smoothly and allow everyone to enjoy the experience.

Finally, we encourage you to embrace this moment with pride and gratitude. Graduation is a time to celebrate your achievements and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead. 

Congratulations once again on reaching this significant milestone. We look forward to celebrating with you and your families at the graduation ceremony!

Jon Franco
Chief of Schools
Posted by Portland Public Schools on May 24th, 2024 at 8:30 AM
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