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Graduation Ceremony and Practice Information

We are proceeding rapidly to graduation. Graduates and families have chosen which ceremony that they wish to attend. If a graduate did not choose, we have made the choice. We were able to provide up to 5 tickets per graduate along with up to 3 extra tickets per graduate. This information will be printed and posted at school and it will be posted on the school website by student id number. The school website is chs.csd28j.org. The posting will go up on the school website by 3:30 PM on Tuesday, June 1st. We are no longer able to change ceremonies or ticket numbers.

Practices for the graduation ceremony correspond to the ceremonies themselves. We have a practice at 10 AM on Wednesday, June 9th for those students participating in the 4 PM ceremony on June 10th. The other practice is at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, June 9th for those graduates participating in the 7 PM ceremony. It is important that students attend the practice for the ceremony; however, we have had students with conflicts that were impossible to resolve. If that is the case, the student must inform one of the administrators via email about missing the practice. We still need to plan for that student. Here are the administrators that you need to inform if there is an issue: Zachary_Ramberg@csd28j.org, Terrance_Schloth@csd28j.org, or Mairi_Scott-Aguirre@csd28j.org.

Students will receive their tickets at the graduation practice. They will also receive their cords, NHS tassels, etc. at the practice. We will make other arrangements if a student is not able to attend the graduation practice.

Senior Awards Night

Tuesday, June 1st, 6pm

This is an online event.

We are having a virtual ceremony for Senior Awards Night. Here is the link. We are so proud of our seniors!

What to expect at the Graduation Ceremony

Our graduation ceremony will be held on the football field with two different ceremonies to accommodate social distancing. Students will be seated on the field in rows with social distancing. There will be live speakers, but we will have music recorded by our band and choir. Our students will walk across the stage and get their diploma jackets. They will be able to pick up diplomas after the ceremony before they leave. Students will have a chance to throw their caps; it will be a real celebration of all that they have accomplished in the last four years.


We have handicapped parking at the stadium. Only cars with handicapped placards will be able to drive down to the stadium. The other parking is at Powell Butte Elementary and at Centennial High School. The gate will be open to walk-in from 174th as well as the two gates from CHS.

Arrival Time

Gates will open 45 minutes before the ceremony begins. Graduates should also arrive 45 minutes early.


Masks are required. Graduates will be allowed to remove their masks for professional photos.


Families can sit together without social distancing. Different families/groups will have at least six feet of space between them. There will be seating on the home side of the stadium for about 750. We have about 200 seats on the visitor side. We have some additional bleachers that we are bringing in and some folding chairs that will be on the field. Guests are also welcome to bring a blanket and sit on the hill near the visitor side.

Noisemakers/Balloons/Large Bouquets

Please do not bring noisemakers or air horns. While you may be proudly celebrating the accomplishments of your student, the next student in line's family cannot hear their name being read and lose the opportunity to celebrate their student's graduation. Please leave balloon bouquets and large flower bouquets in the car. These block the view of other audience members.

Speech and Debate Wins First Place

We would like to recognize Jen Loeung and the Speech and Debate Team for winning FIRST place in the Academic All-State Award. This award recognizes teams in OSAA sanctioned activities for their outstanding achievement in the classroom. Centennial's Speech Team had a collective GPA of 4.0. That was the highest in the State of Oregon and it means that every student on the team had a perfect 4.0 GPA. Congratulations to Ms. Loeung and the outstanding students on the Speech and Debate Team.

Letters to Self

Our 8th graders from CMS have a long-standing tradition of writing "Letters to Self" that they receive just before graduation in their senior year of high school. We have received the 8th-grade "letters to self "and are distributing them from the counseling center.

Cohort A students can pick them up from the counseling center from 8 AM - 2 PM on Mondays and Tuesdays. Cohort B students can pick them up from the counseling center from 8 AM - 2 PM on Thursdays and Fridays. CDL students and CVA students can pick them up from the counseling center on Wednesdays from 9 - 11 AM and from 12:30 - 2:30 PM. We will be open to give out the letters until Friday, June 18th.

Senior Checkouts

Please return Chromebooks to the main office starting June 4th from 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM. We will accept them from M - F starting on June 4th. Your senior will need their Chromebook up until June 4th.

Check with the Bookkeeper if you have any outstanding fees and settle your accounts. We will send a bill in late June for any outstanding fees.

Please return all textbooks and materials as soon as you are done with them. In-person students may return materials directly to the library. Virtual students may return at the main entrance 7:30 AM -3:00 PM, school days. We will need textbooks and library materials to teach classes next year so please get them in.

Here is a link to the Senior Checkout form that also contains a link to request final transcripts to send to Colleges and Universities.

Students in grades 9 - 11 will check out later. We will publish specific instructions about returning books and Chromebooks at a later date.

COVID Vaccine Clinics for Teens in the Community

Providence Gresham is hosting a Pfizer drive-thru vaccine event for adolescents ages 12 and up at our clinic on June 10th and 17th in the morning. We would love to schedule anyone in your family!

Please call our clinic at 503-215-9500 to schedule as soon as possible or if you have any questions.

Providence Gresham

440 NW Division St

Gresham, OR, 97030

Additional Clinics put on by Multnomah County Health Department. Most of these clinics occur in East County.

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