Royal Highlanders Class of 2019
We have so much pride in you as you reach the completion of your years here at Royal. And so as you prepare to make this next big step, this bulletin will provide you with important dates and information about year-end activities and graduation. This time of year goes extremely fast. To make the most of your final few months here, remember your behavior and focus are key. Staff and administration are here to support you and your families.
DATES & EVENTS
FEB 1: Senior Contracts Due
FEB 6: Senior Class Picture (at Stadium, 11:20 am)
MAR 11 - MAR 22: Grad Nite Ticket Sales
APR 15 - MAY 3: Prom Tickets Sales
MAY 11: Senior Prom (Sheraton Universal)
MAY 23: Adult School Deadline
MAY 28: Yearbooks & Ice Cream Social
MAY 28 - MAY 31: Senior Finals Week
MAY 31: Grad Nite (Disney California Adventure)
JUN 3: Senior Dept. Awards & Honor Cords Luncheon *NEW*
JUN 3: Awards Night, 6:00 pm (Reagan Library)
JUN 4: Senior Send-Off Rally *NEW*
(You must attend to pick up Grad Tickets Distributed after)
JUN 5: BBQ and Rehearsal
(You must attend to pick up Caps & Gowns)
(You must attend to be able to get 2 Additional Tickets available in ASB ($5 each, CASH)
JUN 6: Commencement Ceremony
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...
1.) SENIOR CONTRACTS
Seniors must turn in their Senior Contracts in order to participate in any school-sponsored event including Prom, Grad Nite, and Commencement. Contracts are to be returned to the ASB OFFICE by Friday, February 1st. Physical copies must be turned in, but here are PDF copies for reference: English and Español
2.) HERE TO HELP YOU
Events, ASB, and Account Needs:Mr. Dobson
Class Advisor and Senior Parent Points:
Academic and Behavioral Needs:
And as always our principal Mr. Derrick is available for any questions you or your family might have regarding the successful end of your time here at Royal.
Additional Questions? Visit the ASB Office Monday-Friday at 7:30 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm. (For all Senior-related transactions, the ASB Office only accepts cash or credit. No checks.)
3.) COUNSELING INFO
For Any Questions regarding Academic Requirements, contact your Counselor:
- Counselors will be redoing senior grade checks & notifications will be sent home
- Seniors who have a D or F on the 3rd Qrtr grade report will have a letter sent home
- If seniors have a D or F in Aeries by the end of April, a letter will be sent home
- Seniors will not be able to pick up their graduation materials until they have been cleared by their Counselors
- Concurrent spring classes at Adult School must be completed by the May 23rd deadline (For another Adult Ed form, see Counselors)
- Please see the Registrar in the Counseling Office to have transcripts sent to your university or community college (deadline is usually July 1st)
4.) DEBTS & BOOK FINES
Seniors must return all books to the Library and be cleared of all fines and debts in the ASB Office BEFORE being allowed to do important Senior steps like picking up commencement tickets. You can check with ASB and the Library if you are unsure if you have outstanding debt.
5.) SPECIAL EVENTS
Yearbooks & Ice Cream Social
May 28th on ASB Patio
The annual Yearbook distribution for Seniors and Ice Cream Social will be held on May 28th on the ASB Patio. Seniors must show ID Cards to be able to pick up yearbooks. You must also be cleared of all debts and fines in the Library and ASB Office. For questions regarding yearbook purchases contact Mr. Lev.
Awards Night & CSI Presentations
June 3rd at The Reagan Library
5:00 pm CSI Project Presentations
6:00 pm Awards Ceremony
Students who have made outstanding achievements during their time at RHS will be recognized at our Senior Awards Night. An invitation will be sent to students who are receiving the specific school-wide, community, and national awards given at this event. Family and friends are encouraged to attend. CSI Project exhibition will be from 5:00-6:00, and the Awards ceremony will begin directly after.
NEW THIS YEAR - Senior Departmental Awards & Honors Reception
June 3rd in MPR
10:00 am - 12:15 pm, Invited Students Only (Families welcome, but not required)
This awards-presentation held during the school day will be to highlight special departmental awards, honor cords, and other special school recognitions.
NEW THIS YEAR - Senior Send-Off Pep Rally
June 4th in Gym
10:30 am - ALL SENIORS MUST ATTEND
We will hold a celebration/rally to honor the entire Senior Class. We will be highlighting the greatness of this senior class and the impact you have made on Royal in a fun rally setting! Commencement tickets will be available for pick-up after this assembly.
The 2019 Senior Prom will be held at The Sheraton Universal (333 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City) on May 11th from 7:00 pm - Midnight. (Student ID required for admission.)
Prom bids will go on sale April 15th to May 3rd in the ASB Office. Only cash or credit cards will be accepted. You can also visit our webstore to purchase Prom bids online.
To purchase bids, students must complete the Prom Permission Form (available online soon). If purchased from the web store, a form needs to be downloaded and brought to ASB before students will be allowed to pick up their actual bids. The online transaction will not be considered “complete” until the signed form has been turned in. Forms can also be picked up in the ASB Office (sales do not begin until April 15th).
Please expect a single ticket price of approximately $90-$100. ASB Sticker discounts will only apply to Royal Seniors (not outside or underclassmen guests).
Royal students are welcome to invite outside guests from other schools or guests who are age-20 and under. Students bringing an outside guest should pick up their forms and obtain necessary signatures before purchasing their bids.
Seniors not on track for graduation will need to be cleared by their Counselors before purchasing a Prom bid. Also, seniors must have satisfactory attendance, citizenship, and have no disciplinary issues to purchase their bids.
SVUSD policy prohibits alcoholic beverages, tobacco, e-cigarettes, vapor pens or chemical substances (even before an event such as Prom). This rule also applies to all automobiles in which the student is a driver or a passenger. Any student in violation of this will be turned over to his/her parents or to the police. Your participation Senior-related activities will also be in jeopardy.
7.) GRAD NITE
The 2019 Senior Grad Nite will be held at Disney California Adventure (1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim) on Friday, May 31st running from 4:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Grad Nite Tickets will go on sale March 11th - March 22nd in the ASB Office. Tickets (including required charter bus transportation) are $125.00.
Due to the Disney California Adventure contract, we have only 300 tickets available . Cash Only. (Web store purchases are unavailable.) Royal High School Seniors Only — No outside guests will be allowed to attend.
To attend, students must complete the Grad Nite Permission Form and Rules
Important: Seniors who wish to ride buses together should purchase their tickets at the same time in order to be assigned the same bus. Every student must ride the bus to and from Disney California Adventure (no personal transportation).
Seniors not on track for graduation will need to be cleared by their Counselors before purchasing a Grad Nite ticket. Also, seniors must have satisfactory attendance, citizenship, and have no disciplinary issues to purchase their tickets.
Chaperones are provided one per every 20 students.
The day of the event, Seniors need to arrive at Royal by 4:00 pm and park in the East parking lot. Grad Nite buses will load at approximately 4:30 pm that day . (A security guard will be on duty all night to supervise cars.)
Students must bring their Student ID cards. All seniors will report to the gym and go through a preliminary search before loading the buses to make sure clothing is appropriate and that they are not bringing any items that are not allowed a Disney California Adventure (see Grad Nite Rules below). Once students go through the search, they may not return to their cars.
At the end of Grad Nite students must report to the buses by 2:00 am. They will return to Royal at approximately 4:00 am (dependent on traffic).
8.) COMMENCEMENT PLANNING
The commencement Ceremony will take place at the Royal Stadium on Thursday, June 6th at 6:00 pm (Gates will open at 4:00 pm).
Seniors report to Gym (4:00 pm)
Cap & Gown Orders
Most seniors have already ordered their caps and gowns for the commencement ceremony; however, there’s still time if you need to order one. You can order online at Josten’s or by phone 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367). For any student/family that would like assistance with obtaining a cap and gown, you may contact the ASB office or the student's counselor - no questions asked.
Commencement announcements are distributed the first week of March by Josten’s. If you do not pick yours up at that time, they will be in ASB and can picked up if there is no balance is due. If you have not ordered announcements but would like some, please order directly from Josten’s.
Student Commencement Speaker
Seniors who are interested in being the student speaker at the Commencement Ceremony should submit speeches to Room 10-2 by May 1st. For questions speak to Mrs. Lev. Speeches must be no longer than 2-3 minutes. Speech messages and themes must relate to this year's senior class quote/motto below. Speeches will be chosen by a committee of staff and peers.
CLASS OF 2019 QUOTE/MOTTO: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Henry Stanley Haskins
BBQ & Rehearsal
The Senior BBQ will be held on the ASB Patio on June 5th. The commencement rehearsal will also be held on this date in the gymnasium/stadium. Caps and Gowns will be distributed immediately following the commencement rehearsal. Every participating senior must attend the rehearsal in order to walk in the ceremony.
Celebrate your graduation with one or two (or more) beautiful flowered leis. Order forms will be available at ASB and in The Royal Decree weekly bulletin. The deadline to submit orders to ASB is Friday, May 17th. Cash or credit card payments only. Sponsored by The Royal High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team.
Photographer and former Royal teacher Diana Woolley is back again this year to take photographs as seniors receive their diplomas. Order forms will be available in the ASB Office and at the commencement ceremony. You may also download an order form here.
Important Commencement Reminders
- Seniors will not be allowed to bring cell phones, cameras, keys, balloons, flowers, leis or other loose items on the field during the commencement ceremony. It’s best to leave these items in your car or with your parents prior to reporting to the gym.
- Seniors may not alter/decorate cap or gown.
- Balloons and umbrellas are not allowed in the stadium during the ceremony because they have a tendency to block the vision of other guests.
- Handicapped parking and seating is available, but limited. Arrive early for best parking and seating.
- Stadium opens at 4:00 pm for families.
- Students may wear only flat shoes during the commencement ceremony.
- No one will be allowed on the track and field following the ceremony. Graduates will exit the field in a formal processional. Parents and guests can meet their graduates outside the stadium between the MPR and the Library.
ADMISSION IS BY TICKET ONLY
Students will pick up tickets on Tuesday, June 4th after the Senior Send-off Rally. Students must attend the assembly. Tickets guarantee admission to the ceremony, but not necessarily a seat.
Gates open at 4:00 pm. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 6th. The ceremony lasts about 2 hours and temperatures can be hot that time of year. We strongly discourage families bringing infants and young children. Strollers will not be allowed. If you do bring infants and young children, they also require a ticket for admission.
Seniors will receive six (6) complimentary tickets and may purchase two (2) additional tickets while supplies last. Seniors may purchase those two (2) additional tickets after the graduation rehearsal only. CASH ONLY = $5.00 per ticket. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and you will not be allowed to save seats. Arrive early for the best seating.