Senior Newsletter

Latest News for our Class of 2019 Families!

Hello Senior Families!

We can only imagine the emotions that are going through the family as your student gets nearer high school graduation! There are only 5 weeks left, and we promise one thing- it will go fast.

There are a couple of major changes that came about this week that we want to be sure you are aware of.

Thursday May 30th is dedicated solely to A period finals (for all students with A periods) and senior finals (for seniors only, without block scheduling)

Friday May 31st at 9am, seniors will need to report to the Concord Pavilion for graduation rehearsal. Rehearsal will last a couple of hours, and at 12:20 we will begin the Summit Awards Assembly back at NHS.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and details about each event can be found below.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding- we think this change is a positive one that will allow students to focus on their final exams.

Graduation Speech Auditions

All students are welcome to apply and audition to give a graduation speech! Applications were due Friday but have been extended to Monday April 29th due to the power outage and truncated school day.

Auditions will be held on May 2nd at 3:15. Speakers will be selected for graduation and Baccalaureate.

Signing Day!

Wednesday, May 1st, 12pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

National Signing Day! Staff and students are encouraged to wear the shirt of their future school, military branch, or destination, as students everywhere hit the deadline for declaring their intent on their future plans.

Senior Honors Circle

Tuesday, May 21st, 5pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

Held in the Little Theatre, this event honors our seniors who have earned an achievement, scholarship or award that will be recognized. Seniors and their families will be notified of their pending honor.

Senior Ball

Saturday, May 25th, 7pm

The Embarcadero

San Francisco, CA

What is it?

A beautiful night for formal wear, dancing, and celebration with the senior class. The location, while it has been leaked in pockets, has not been revealed to the senior class, and the announcement is something that the Senior Class officers make an event of!

How much does it cost?

$115 currently- price goes up each week. All tickets must be purchased by May 10th.

What is the attire?

Formal attire

Do parents attend?

No, not generally (Except as chaperones). This is an event for the kids to celebrate together with their senior class.

Graduation Rehearsal

Friday, May 31st, 9am

2000 Kirker Pass Road

Concord, CA

Seniors must attend graduation rehearsal to go over seating, protocol and other procedures. This rehearsal will last until about 11am, and seniors will then return to school for the remainder of their classes and the summit awards assembly.

Summit Awards Assembly

Friday, May 31st, 12:15pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

An all-school assembly to gather seniors and announce the winners of the prestigious Summit Awards. Parents and families are welcome.

Baccalaureate Details

The Baccalaureate farewell ceremony is part of the Northgate graduation tradition. It is a non-religious event featuring musical performances and reflections from members of the senior class and a faculty member selected by the students.

No tickets or RSVP are required.

Seniors: please arrive by 1:30 pm outside the gymnasium wearing your cap and gown.

Tassels should be on the right.

Parents: Doors open at approximately 1:30 pm.

Seating is bleacher-style on a first-come, first-served basis.

Limited handicapped seating is available.

Please arrive early to take your seats before 2:00 pm!

Please Note: There will be no entry/exit to seating in the gymnasium during the processional/recessional.

Photography is allowed.

Questions: email


Saturday, June 1st, 2pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

What is it?

A celebration for families and seniors which includes a staff speaker that the seniors vote on, performances, and student speakers. This event is held in the gym.

How much does it cost?


What is the attire?

Cap and gown

Do parents attend?

Yes! Families sit in the bleachers while seniors are seated on the gym floor.

Big picture


Sunday, June 2nd, 7pm

2000 Kirker Pass Road

Concord, CA

What is it?

Graduation is the final celebration for seniors and their families, where seniors receive their high school diplomas. This event is held at Concord Pavilion. Mandatory rehearsal will be Thursday May 31st at 9am.

How much does it cost?


What is the attire?

Cap and gown. Many students wear nice clothes/business casual underneath.

Do parents attend?

Parents and families!

Grad Night

Sunday, June 2nd, 9pm

5298 Clayton Road

Concord, CA

What is it?

A safe and sane PFC sponsored event for graduates to celebrate graduation together, alcohol-free, with plenty of entertainment and excitement for the evening.

How much does it cost?

$150 (through May 24, then cost increases)

What is the attire?

Casual and comfortable

Do parents attend?

No! This one is (graduated) students only!

Grad Night is Coming!




Sunday, June 2nd at Centre Concord (5298 Clayton Rd, Concord CA) following the Graduation Ceremony at Concord Pavilion.

Check in 9-10 pm Sunday, June 2nd until 4:30am Monday, June 3rd.


1. Registration and ticket price

2. Parent volunteers (parents needed from ALL grades for Grad Night to be a success)

3. Donation and sponsorship

4. Memory collage - senior Grad Night keepsake

What is Grad Night?

This is the 30th Annual safe, alcohol and drug-free all night celebration for our graduating seniors. Thanks to parent volunteers Centre Concord is transformed into a beautifully decorated themed event including food, DJ/dancing, karaoke, hypnotist, casino, outdoor and arcade games, spa area (massage, airbrush and henna tattoos), photos, movies, prizes and more! This event is planned and paid for by Northgate parents and community donors.

1. Tickets NOW ON SALE - ticket price includes all activities and food, no additional spending money needed. Online registration preferred. Question about registration contact, .


$150 - April 2 to May 24

$175 - after May 24

Option to download a registration packet from the Northgate PFC Website OR pick up a registration packet in the main office. See PFC Website under “Northgate” drop down link, or directly on PFC Website at .

Grad Night registration and information also available through link on Northgate High School Homepage,

IMPORTANT - All seniors must have a signed Centre Concord Release and Waiver of Liability Form to attend Grad Night which is available through the registration process or in the office.

2. Parent Volunteers - see Sign Up Genius at

- a variety of shift times and jobs available.

- help with decorating ideas or assist with decorating work parties, construction skills welcomed!

- work a volunteer time slot the night of or provided needed assistance leading up to event.

- take down Saturday, June 8th, 8:00am.

It takes 100+ volunteers to staff the Grad Night.

3. Donations needed - see sponsorship at

- business support to fund Grad Night is appreciated!

- monetary donations from families welcomed

- prize donations (we want all Grad Night attendees to receive a prize!)

- printing donations for name tags, banners and note cards

4.. Memory Collage – EXTENDED to May 1st

- create a wonderful photo keepsake for your senior which is displayed at Centre Concord for Grad Night and taken home by your student at the end of the event.

- see website for collage "how to" details or details provided as part of the registration process.

Questions about how you get involved, contact Grad Night Chair, Faye Mettler or 925-788-7305

Questions about registration contact Tina O'Brien or Betty Huang

(Thank you to Northgate High School and Northgate PFC for your ongoing support)

Important School Calendar Dates

  • April 22nd- CAASPP Testing begins (Bell Schedule Change)
  • May 11th- Crimson and Gold Gala
  • May 17th- Movin' on Up Rally
  • May 21st- Senior Circle 5pm
  • May 23rd and 24th/May 30th- Senior Finals (TBD)
  • May 25th- Senior Ball
  • May 27th- Memorial Day
  • May 28-29th- Senior Project Presentations
  • May 31st- Graduation Rehearsal 9am- Concord Pavilion
  • May 31st- Summit Awards @ NHS (12:20pm)
  • June 1st- Baccalaureate 2pm
  • June 2nd- Graduation 7pm
  • June 3-4-5th- Finals (non-seniors)
  • June 5th- Last Day of School

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