Graduation Information


Diploma Distribution

Diplomas are issued to students who have met all requirements for graduation. Diplomas may be held pending final grades/transcript, payment of fees or fines, and return of text or library books and technology equipment. PSEO seniors should check their status with an AVHS counselor to make sure there are no issues with PSEO credits/grades.

Diploma distribution will take place the week of June 7 at AVHS. Seniors can pick up diplomas in the commons at the following times:

  • Monday, June 7, 2 pm - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2 pm - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, June 9, 7:30 am - 10:30 am

Diplomas not picked up during these times will NOT be mailed home. Students can call the school to set up a time to pick up their diploma if they are unable to do so during the times listed above. We urge all graduates to pick up their diplomas as soon as possible.

Pay Grad Ceremony Fee - My Payments Plus

If you plan to participate in the graduation ceremony on June 5, please log on to My Payments Plus and pay the graduation ceremony fee as soon as possible.


The AV Eagle Media Crew has edited and uploaded Saturday's graduation. Click the link below to go to the AV Eagle Media YouTube page.

Outdoor Graduation Details

With graduation being outdoors today, on June 5, seniors must report to the practice field behind the Rosemount High School stadium between 1:15 and 1:30 pm. We will begin our lineup and move to the stadium no later than 1:55. Provide enough time to park, walk to the stadium, and be seated without spending too much time in the sun. There is plenty of seating available for families regardless of arrival time.

The graduation ceremony is dignified and formal; we expect graduates to honor that decision and dress accordingly. Caps and gowns may not be altered in any way, and only academic regalia provided by the school is to be worn.

We will distribute water bottles to graduates before they process into the stadium. Graduates should not bring water bottles or other containers. Family members and guests are allowed (and encouraged) to bring water into the stadium.

The ceremony is outside on the turf field, therefore, flat-soled shoes must be worn. High-heeled shoes will get caught in the turf resulting in possible injury as well as turf damage. Family members are not allowed on the turf field before or after the ceremony.

The stadium opens to the public at 1 pm. No tickets are required for an outdoor ceremony. Balloons are not allowed inside the stadium and must be kept in cars. Seating in both the bleachers and on the track will be available. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and end by 3:30.

The ceremony will also be available to live stream via the AVHS Eagle Media YouTube Page.

Mask Guidance

The Minnesota Commissioner of Education informed school districts that graduation ceremonies fall under Minnesota Department of Health Guidance for Entertainment Venues and Gatherings. Under this guidance, masks are not required for graduation ceremonies regardless of whether they are held indoors or outdoors. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommend that anyone who is not fully vaccinated continue to wear face coverings indoors in businesses, public settings, and when around people from other households, as well as outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Have You Paid Your Grad Fee?

Caps, gowns, and diploma covers are provided to students free of charge. To cover the costs associated with presenting a graduation ceremony, students participating in the ceremony are required to pay a $40 graduation fee (this fee is reduced for students in free/reduced-price lunch.) The link to pay the graduation fee is included below.

How Do I Turn-In My iPad and Materials?

Seniors will need to return all checked-out materials prior to receiving their diplomas. iPads will be collected from seniors at the end of the year with the cord and brick charger. Any fines must be cleared as well.Our 2021 Graduates will have multiple opportunities to turn in the iPad and other school-owned resources as we approach graduation:

  • After turning in the final coursework and classes are complete, open the iPad and select the app “Reset iPad” to erase the device completely and get it ready for the students who will use it next year.

  • Students can return items to the Media Center anytime during the school day.

  • Distance Learners can leave iPads and books with our front door security team.

  • June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd during their Lunch Period (5th hour, 10:50 – 12:20). Stations in the cafeteria will be set up for collection.

  • June 4th, before or after graduation practice. A station will be set up immediately outside the practice area.

  • The following times are after the ceremony, and will cause a hold on their diploma until returned:

    • June 7th, 8th, and 9th in the Media Center. Hand the device directly to staff to be checked in immediately.

    • June 10th and 11th to the Main Office when retrieving your diploma.

Any time after June 11th, an appointment will need to be made with the office to drop off. Call (952) 431-8200 and press “6”

What If We Don't Feel Comfortable With A Large-Scale Event?

If you do not feel comfortable having your senior participate in our planned commencement ceremony, please let us know and we will work with you to provide a meaningful alternative for your graduate.
Graduation Alternative Option

If you would like to discuss alternate options for your student to receive their diploma cover instead of attending an in-person graduation ceremony, please click the button and fill out the form.

Senior Information Page - AVHS Website

This page on the AVHS website contains updates for graduation and the senior party.

Previous Updates Listed Below

Graduation Date, Location, and Attendance Guidelines

Commencement ceremonies for the Apple Valley High School Class of 2021 will be held outside (weather permitting) on Saturday, June 5, at 2 p.m., OR, if necessary due to inclement weather, Sunday, June 6 at 2 p.m. Due to turf construction projects at both Apple Valley and Eastview High Schools, AVHS's ceremony will be in the Rosemount High School Stadium. (Our neighbors at Eastview will be going to Eagan.) If there is also inclement weather on June 6, the ceremony would be held inside the AVHS Gymnasium. Every effort will be made to have the ceremony outside on June 5th or 6th.

Important updates following new guidance (May 11, 2021)

  • If the ceremony is held outside at Rosemount High School on June 5 or 6, there is no limit on the number of guests who can attend the ceremony.
  • If the ceremony is held in the AVHS gymnasium on June 6, the new guidance will now allow for up to four guests per graduate in the gymnasium, while another two can attend a video stream in the AVHS Theatre.
  • Under this guidance, the number of guests allowed to attend graduation now aligns with our standard attendance practices in "normal" years.

Graduation Rehearsal - Friday, June 4, 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 3 is the last day of school for AVHS Seniors.

We expect all students participating in the 2021 Graduation Ceremony to attend graduation rehearsal on Friday, June 4, at 9:00 am in the AVHS Gymnasium. Rehearsal is a critical piece of making sure students understand what is expected of them before, during, and after graduation. Some of the important pieces of graduation rehearsal include:

  • Learning seating assignments and understanding the overall flow of the ceremony.
  • Students have the opportunity to check in with name readers to verify pronunciations.
  • Tickets for admission to the Main Gym and Theatre are distributed. (These tickets are required in the event that inclement weather moves our ceremony indoors on Sunday, June 6.)

Indoor Graduation Details

As detailed below, our ceremony will only move inside in the event that there is inclement weather on both Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6. We will make a decision regarding weather as soon as possible and communicate via Schoology, the AVHS website, and AVHS Social Media channels.

In the event the ceremony is held indoors, each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for family members to attend the ceremony in the gymnasium and two (2) tickets for the broadcast in the theatre. We will distribute tickets at the graduation rehearsal on Friday, June 4. Extra tickets are not available, and guests will not be admitted without a ticket.

There is no late entry to the gymnasium in the event of an indoor ceremony. Once the ceremony begins at 2 p.m., the doors to the gym will close. Guests arriving after 2 p.m. will be permitted to watch the ceremony broadcast in the theatre. Please be on time!

As with outdoor graduation, the gym will open to the public at 1 pm. Graduates should arrive in Gym D no later than 1:30 pm. Balloons are not allowed inside the gymnasium and must be kept in cars.

Cap and Gown Distribution

UPDATE after Distribution Day: Caps and gowns may be picked up by seniors in the Main Office from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm Monday-Friday.

Apple Valley High School distributes caps and gowns to the Class of 2021 on Tuesday, May 18. Caps and Gowns were distributed to all seniors free of charge (there is a fee to participate in graduation ceremonies, please see above for more information.) We also distributed caps and gowns during lunch for in-person learners. Digital Academy students can come to school between 2 pm and 4 pm and pick up their caps and gowns in the Commons.