GVHS 2020 Graduation

June 3rd at 10:00 am

2020 Graduation Update and Information

We are pleased to finally announce the details and specifics around the Grand Valley High School Graduation for the Class of 2020. While we want this to be a memorable experience for all, our goals and continued focus will be on the graduating seniors especially during this time of uncertainty and mounting restrictions. The details and specifics around the 2020 Graduation have been worked out following the guidelines set forth by the Colorado Department of Education and then by submitting a plan to the Garfield County Public Health Department which has been approved. The staff at GVHS is pleased to live and work in a community that has come together to create a ceremony that is positive and equitable for all under the restrictions and limitations that have been set in place. We thank our community, families, and most importantly our graduating seniors for their patience and perseverance! It is because of this the Class of 2020 will be a beacon of hope that shines bright in a time that has been a little dim. We look forward to the leadership and grit provided by the CLASS of 2020 for years to come!


Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Senior Graduation Meeting (Google Meet)

This is a mandatory meeting for all seniors attending the 2020 Graduation Ceremony. We will be answering questions and explaining the process, expectations, and logistics of Wednesday, June 3rd. These meetings will also be recorded and shared via email following the meeting.


Wednesday, May 20th (Google Meet)

3:15 pm - Senior Meeting for Graduation (B. Johnson, McGruder, Parker Advisories only. Invite will also be sent to your school email)


Thursday, May 21st (Google Meet)

3:15 pm - Senior Meeting for Graduation (Bickert, Valdez Advisories only. Invite will also be sent to your school email)

Graduation Timeline and Agenda

Wednesday, May 20th

3:15 pm - Senior Google Meet for Graduation (B. Johnson, McGruder, Parker Advisories only. Invite will also be sent to your school email)


Thursday, May 21st (At Grand Valley High School)

8:00-4:00 - Senior Packet / Cap and Gown Pick-up

3:15 pm - Senior Google Meet for Graduation (Bickert, Valdez Advisories only. Invite will also be sent to your school email)


Friday, May 22nd (At Grand Valley High School)

8:00-4:00 - Senior Packet / Cap and Gown Pick-up


Wednesday, June 3rd

8:30 am - Meet at Grand Valley High School to check-in vehicles and to line up for the Parade

9:15 am - Begin Parade Procession up to Grand Valley Recreation Center Parking Lot

10:00 am - Begin Graduation Ceremony

Vehicle Limit and Registration (Register by May 20th)

Please limit ACCESS to the Vehicle Registration form to the assigned school email of 2020 graduates only.


High School graduation is an exciting time for our students and families. We are doing our best to honor our Cardinal Graduates, while also following social-distancing requirements. In order to best prepare to meet the needs of graduates and families, please read the state-level guidelines below and fill out this survey by Wednesday, May 20th.


We are requesting vehicle information to prepare assigned parking spaces in order to ensure we have enough room for parking and to create the best viewing experience as possible given the restrictions. We will only have room for one vehicle per graduate. (Those with extenuating circumstances, based on graduate parents only, may request an additional vehicle. However, due to limited space, any request may be denied.)


Please note that variance requests outside of what is listed will not be considered.


The Drive-In Graduation experience for our graduates and their families will have to follow very specific guidelines:


  • "Groups" (as in groups of 10 or fewer) are defined as participating in the same event/activity. For example, multiple groups of 10 or fewer all participating in a graduation ceremony, even if groups are distanced from each other, would be considered the same activity and still be limited to 10 total individuals.
  • families must stay in their car for the ceremony. (No sitting in the backs of trucks or outside your vehicle in lawn chairs as this would pause the ceremony)
  • graduates will walk across the stage while adhering to social distancing requirements (All participants outside of their vehicle must wear face masks, a social distance of 6+ feet at all times between individuals)
  • only 1 car per graduate will be able to attend the ceremony
  • we will feature a virtual graduation ceremony with a stage and large screen projectors for speeches, dedications, and student videos
  • according to state guidelines, sharing or exchanging materials of any kind poses an increased risk for transmission/spread of COVID-19 and must not occur (this includes throwing graduation caps, gifts, flowers, etc).
  • the venue for this event will be located at the Grand Valley Recreation Center Parking Lot.


Please note that variance requests outside of what is listed will not be considered.


Please limit ACCESS to the Vehicle Registration form to the assigned school email of 2020 graduates only.

REGISTER VEHICLE HERE

Click Here (Please limit ACCESS to the Vehicle Registration form to the assigned school email of 2020 graduates only.)

Parade Route

(The exact route may change slightly)


(Yes you may decorate cars, please nothing on top or anything sticking out from the vehicle that may obstruct the views of others)


Events for the Graduation of 2020 will begin at Grand Valley High School. Graduates and attendees need to arrive at GVHS in the vehicle they registered no later than 8:30 am on Wednesday, June 3rd. We will line up vehicles according to how they will be parked at the Grand Valley Recreation Center. Parking will be assigned in the order of how graduates are called to the stage, much like what would happen in a typical graduation. This will help to eliminate confusion when arriving at the Recreation Center and help to ensure a 10:00 am start time for the Graduation Ceremony.


(The exact route may change slightly)

  • 9:15 am - Start at GVHS and proceed down Cardinal Way
  • Turn right on to Co Rd 215.
  • Turn right on to W Battlement Parkway
  • Proceed on W Battlement Parkway until you reach Grand Valley Recreation Center
  • See map below


Please Note: Only vehicles registered online will be permitted in the parade and allowed entrance to the Grand Valley Recreation Center Parking Lot.

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Local Law Enforcement and Grand Valley Fire Protection

We would like to thank the local law enforcement and the Grand Valley Fire Protection District as we transition from Grand Valley High School to the Grand Valley Recreation Center and throughout the graduation ceremony. Your support is appreciated during this time of celebration!

Grand Valley Recreation Center

We would like to thank the Grand Valley Recreation Center for allowing us to use their parking lot for the 2020 Graduation Ceremony. Below is an overhead view of the parking lot. In this view, you will see recommended traffic flow and likely parking according to what vehicle was registered prior to the event. Parking will be assigned in the order of how graduates are called to the stage, much like what would happen in a typical graduation. Only vehicles registered will be allowed entrance.


Vehicles parked after the GVRC closing on Tuesday, June 2nd, and prior to the Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, June 3rd could be towed at the owner's expense.

Larger overhead view of GVRC Parking Lot

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Photography

To stay under the threshold of no more than 10 persons outside of their vehicles at a given time, we will be providing the following photography options.


MJ Thomas will be providing professional photography as students are honored on stage during the ceremony. These photos may be purchased through MJ Thomas and a flier for this will be placed in senior packets.


Mr. Lynn Shore will be our roaming photographer capturing multiple pictures of the event and posting them online to be downloaded as keepsakes at your choosing. This will be free of charge.

Please visit Lynn J Shore - Photographist to view all photos.


We thank these photographers for their time and commitment to the Graduates of 2020!

Live Feed and Broadcast

The graduation ceremony will be broadcast through an FM radio station that is limited to the parking lot of the Grand Valley Recreation Center.


There will also be a live feed of the Graduation Ceremony for extended families not able to attend. Access to this link can be found on our district website. http://www.garfield16.org/

At the conclusion of this event, a recording of the ceremony will also be available for download.

Special Thanks to the Grand Valley Community!

As always our great community has put students FIRST! We thank graduates and their families for understanding the times we are in and the restrictions in place. Together WE can make a positive and memorable experience for the entire Graduating Class of 2020. We would like to thank the Grand Valley Community and surrounding areas for the work and organization that has been put into the 2020 Graduation Ceremony, it will be one to be remembered!