High School

Senior Letter

 April 2017

Dear Class of 2017 and Parents,

The school year is drawing to a rapid close for the class of 2017.   In order to make graduation and the accompanying activities as meaningful as possible, please note the following information:

4/24           WALKING PARTNERS:  To sign up for a graduation walking partner, seniors need to stop by and see Mrs. Martin in the main office, starting on April 24th.  Both partners should be present to sign up and agree to the match-up.  Students not paired up by May 31st will be assigned a partner.

5/12           FUTURE PLANS:  Our district is planning to publish a spread, featuring our graduating seniors.  This typically includes a photo, along with awarded scholarships and future plans (college, work, etc.).  Graduates will be providing this information in AP Government and Civics classes.  If your student is not currently enrolled in one of these courses, please contact Bunky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 12th to receive the form electronically.  NOTE:  Scholarship information will be added following the awards assembly on

                  May 23rd.

5/23           SCHOLARSHIP ASSEMBLY:   This assembly is for seniors (and families) who have submitted scholarship notebooks.   It is scheduled for 6:30 PM on May 23rd, in the GHHS Main Gym.

6/3             SENIOR PROM: The event will be held on Saturday, June 3rd, from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM, at the Foss Waterway Seaport, located at 705 Dock St., Tacoma.  Tickets are $25 with ASB, $30 without.  There is complimentary parking and docking is available for those arriving by boat. 

                  BACCALAUREATE:   TBD, sponsored and organized by parents. 

6/14          RUNNING START/CORRESPONDENCE COURSES & CREDITS FOR GRADUATION:  If students are                              taking courses outside of GHHS, they must have final transcripts, or verification of passing grades, to the                    Counseling Office by 1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 14th. For questions or concerns regarding your                                          credits, please contact the counseling office at 530-1430.

6/15          SENIORS’ LAST DAY OF CLASSES

6/15           SENIOR CHECK OUT FORM: On Tuesday, June 13th, a form will be distributed in English classes.

Running Start students are also required to turn in this form and will receive theirs in the mail. If you do not           have an English class or have not received a form by Wednesday, there will be extras available in the Counseling Office to pick up. Completed forms are due to your counselor by 2:15 PM on Thursday, June 15th.  No appointments are necessary on this day, just drop in. YOU MUST RETURN THIS COMPLETED FORM IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN GRADUATION REHEARSAL AND THE GRADUATION                CEREMONY.

                FINAL TRANSCRIPTS:  Please use your Parchment account to request your final transcripts be released to                             your institution(s) of choice.  When you’re placing your order, there is a prompt asking, “WHEN DO YOU                    WANT THIS SENT?” click the dropdown menu and select “HOLD FOR GRADES.”  If you have not set up             your Parchment account, there are handouts with detailed directions in the Counseling Office and on the                       counseling website.

6/16         COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL:  Rehearsal will be held 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM, on Friday, June 16th in                      
                the GHHS Auxiliary Gym. 
5 free admission tickets per graduating senior will be distributed.  Additional               

 tickets will be available for $1.00 through the bookkeeper’s office, beginning May 30th. Tickets will also

 be available at the door, on the day of graduation, at the Tacoma Dome.

6/18          COMMENCEMENT:  The ceremony is 3:30 PM on Sunday, June 18th, at the Tacoma Dome.

Graduates should report to the Dome by 2:30 PM.  Yuen Lui will be on site before the ceremony for pre-grad                  

photos backstage, so plan on arriving in plenty of time to take advantage of that opportunity. 

Admission to Commencement is by ticket only.  Please see notes above regarding ticketsNOTE: The     

Tacoma Dome charges a fee of approximately $10.00 for parking.  Please be advised that only diploma   

covers are given out at Commencement; the actual diploma will be mailed to the address submitted through the

online form (see “Diplomas” below).

Regarding graduation attire, please wear something that is appropriate and comfortable under your graduation gown.  You are advised against jackets and extra sweaters that could be bulky and get warm during the ceremony.  Purses/bags/phones are not carried.

To keep the graduation ceremony dignified and meaningful for ALL graduates, the following are not permitted:

  • FLIP FLOPS,
  • SILLY STRING,
  • BEACH BALLS OR OTHER INFLATABLES,
  • AIRHORNS,
  • DECORATIONS ON CAPS.

The Tacoma Dome does NOT allow helium balloons in the seating area.

Any disruptive behavior will result in immediate student removal from the graduation ceremony.

Also, please be advised that the Tacoma Dome will be searching bags of both graduates and spectators.

6/18         GRAD NIGHT:  Grad Night begins on Sunday evening and ends on Monday morning.  This event is sponsored and organized by parents of seniors.  This is a safe, drug and alcohol-free experience for your graduating senior.  This party is optional and not sponsored by Gig Harbor High School.  For more information, please contact Tracy Coons at 253-509-4221.

ANNOUNCEMENTS, CAPS & GOWNS: Supplies for graduation have been distributed.  Every senior who

participates in graduation is required to wear the designated cap and gown.  If you haven’t picked yours up,

they are available in the main office.  If you haven’t ordered your cap and gown, please pick up a late order form in

the counseling office or email Dan Sommerfeld, our Jostens representative, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call

253-851-9396.

DIPLOMAS:  Diplomas will be mailed August 31st.  Please go to the GHHS website; under “Academics,” click on “Graduation.”   On the side bar, click on “Diploma Mailing Form.”  Even if we have an address on file, the form must be completed, in full, for a diploma to be mailed.  The mailing address you provide will be the address the diploma is sent to.  Diplomas are one-of-a-kind, so please make sure you enter the correct address.  We cannot re-print diplomas.

SENIOR FINES: All fines must be paid in order to receive a diploma. See the bookkeeper for the fine list.

DISCIPLINE: The Peninsula School District considers participation in Commencement exercises and related activities as a ceremonial privilege granted to students and not a right to which they are entitled.  Therefore, any student who is withdrawn from school or placed on suspension for exceptional misconduct, per District Policy 3200, during the fourth quarter of the senior year may not be allowed to attend Senior Prom and/or Commencement exercises. This includes his/her behavior at all school functions, including year-end activities and Senior Prom.

If you have any questions about the above information, you are welcome to call the main office at

253-530-1400.  

Please accept our congratulations to both parents and students of the Class of 2017.   It continues to be a pleasure for all of our staff to work with you.

Sincerely,

Tom Leacy                                        Karen Kennedy-Floyd                          Andrew Frost

Principal                                            Senior Class Advisor                           Assistant Principal