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Senior Class of 2020

Congratulations Class of 2020!   The following details will help you get the rest of the way. 

CLASS LIST:  Make sure your parents/guardians are receiving info about your senior year from Class Parent Paula Kenny.  Please email contact information to to be added to the mailing list.

SENIOR AD:  Submit Ad for yearbook before rates increase.  Yearbook Ad   Families can create a personal ad with a custom message and photo to congratulate their Seniors. Prices increase after November 11th, then again after December 2nd.  No ads will be accepted after February 15th. Questions? Contact Jennie Drummond, Yearbook Adviser,


SENIOR PORTRAIT:  Please reach out to Creative Imaging to schedule your senior portrait for the yearbook.  Creative Imaging is located at 120 Spring Street in Pleasanton.  Schedule online:  Senior Portrait Orders Online   Call Creative Imaging with questions:  925-485-6025.


SENIOR BALL- Saturday, April 25 from 7-11pm @ Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

  • Tickets will be online.  Permission slips due. 
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to Ball. 
  • Please help us make sure that alcohol/drugs are not provided at events prior to and after Ball.  Students found in possession of, or under the influence of, alcohol/drugs will work with Administration and SFPD and may lose their right to participate in other senior activities. 
  • IDs will be necessary to enter, and a photo on the phone is accepted


SENIOR AWARDS CEREMONY- in May from 10:45am – 12:20pm

  • The Awards ceremony provides an opportunity for students and parents to celebrate the end of high school with musical presentations, speeches and awards.
  • The event is in the large gym after Brunch, during third & fourth periods.
  • Students will be recognized for awards & scholarships received during Senior Year. 
  • Awards are presented from Admin, PTSA and Booster Groups. 
  • Important:  Awards listed in the program are submitted through a survey posted in April.  The list is only as complete as the survey so submit the details. 


SENIOR BBQ- in May 12:20pm – 1:15pm

  • The Senior BBQ follows the Ceremony on campus and is staffed by ten Senior Parents. Sign up to volunteer.
  • The BBQ is included in the Senior Gold Card
  • Students without a senior gold card can purchase a BBQ ticket on the webstore for $15


SENIOR SUNSET- in May 6-9pm @MV Stadium
Seniors started the year with a Senior Sunrise and mark the end with Senior Sunset.  Students bring blankets to sit on the field.  No tickets required and no food provided.   


GRADUATION PRACTICE- May 27th , 1pm – 2 pm  

  • Seniors get a stamp from Counseling as the final Senior Sign Out Step to attend practice.  See instructions for senior checkout in the following pages. 
  • Seniors with completed senior checkout meet in the pre-assigned classrooms by 1pm to receive information about graduation and run through the procession. 


GRADUATION CEREMONY- Friday, May 29 6pm-7:30, Gates open at 4pm

  • Graduation begins promptly at 6pm in Sam Zackheim Stadium.
  • Gates do not open until 4pm.  At 4pm the seats are on a first come, first served basis with no seats set aside ahead of time.  There are no tickets to attend.
  • By 5pm, Seniors return to pre-assigned rooms dressed in caps and gowns.
  • The following is prohibited:  altering the caps and/or gowns, balloons, beach balls, water guns, or any other device that may interfere with the ceremony.
  • Parking is available in both student lots.  Please park in designated parking stalls only. The horseshoe and staff lot will be closed. 
  • Disabled/Seniors Parking is available in the designated area close to the tennis courts.  Parking in this area requires a Disabled Person Parking Placard.
  • Disabled/Senior Seating:  The disabled seating area is wheelchair accessible and on the field.  Seating is limited to guests with the disabled placard.  .
  • Shuttles:  There are no golf cart shuttles available this year for delivery to the field.  Should your guest need assistance getting from parking to the field please consider bringing a wheelchair. 
  • Please do not bring air horns, noise-making devices, balloons, objects that can obstruct the view of others, beach balls, or other items that can distract from the ceremony. 

GRAD NIGHT Friday, May 29th 8:30 pm – 3:30 am @ USS Hornet, Alameda

Grad Night is a fun-filled, all-inclusive "safe & sober" event sponsored by Monte Vista parents and PTSA.  It's an all-night, drug and alcohol-free celebration that is important for the safety of our graduates, as well as the safety of the Danville/Alamo communities at large. Only Monte Vista graduates in good-standing may attend.

  • Grad Night packets were distributed at registration, were emailed to parents and are available in the Attendance Office. Deadline for registration is April 20th -- no exceptions.
  • Bus transportation will be provided; only those students who are transported by the designated buses will be allowed entrance to the event.
  • After the graduation ceremony, students will have time to take family photos, return cap/gown if needed, and change clothes prior to boarding the buses at 8:45 pm. 
  • Students will change out of graduation clothing into casual, comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. They should bring a sweater or sweatshirt and their photo ID. All other items (except for a cell phone) are not allowed.
  • For safety reasons, a parent/guardian must pick up their graduate when the buses return to Monte Vista; students will be tired and are not allowed to drive themselves home.




  • Jostens is our Cap/Gown/Tassel provider.  Order in October for delivery in May. 
  • Gowns are ordered by student height.  

LIBRARY BOOKS:  All books/items checked out from the Library must be returned by in May.  Delay in paying fine or returning books will hold up your senior check out. 


LOST OR OVERDUE BOOKS/TEXTBOOKS:  Have you received an overdue textbook notice?  Delay in paying fine or returning books will hold up your senior check out so get it done.  Ms Phillips is in 520 during brunch/lunch every Monday-Thursday.


CHILD NUTRITION BALANCES   Seniors must pay overdue food services balances before graduation as part of the senior check out.  Seniors may request a refund by contacting Child Nutrition Phone: 925-824-1808


SENIOR CUT DAY:  There are no school sanctioned Senior Cut Days.  Cuts cost the school money and students lose classroom time.  We have already had several this school year.  Absent students will be marked absent in accordance with the district policy and subject to school rules. 


LOSS OF SENIOR PRIVILEGES:  Any senior suspended from school, disciplined for attendance, or acting inappropriately at any senior activity may be suspended from any senior activities including Graduation. 



  • Diplomas are handed to seniors as they exit the stage. 
  • Students who do not receive a diploma need to complete senior check out.
  • Students that owe Textbook Fines, Child Nutrition Balance or return of Rental Gown/Cap receive diplomas upon receipt of fee and/or rental.    


Graduation at Monte Vista is a formal event.  Be proud of your time here at Monte Vista and your graduation from high school.  With that, caps and gowns are to be worn as issued. 

Cap and Gown- Purchase arranged through Jostens.  




Dress shirts

No T-shirts


No Shorts


No Jeans


No Hats

Dress shoes

No Flip-Flops


No Noise Makers

Tie and Coat are optional

No Tuxedos

No exterior decorations such as flowers, signs, leis, or anything that might distract from the formal event.



  • Graduation is usually a hot day with seating in the sun - so dress accordingly.
  • Students MUST participate in rehearsal if they plan to walk in the ceremony.
  • Students will sit in alphabetical order.
  • Students cannot bring cell phones, beach balls, horns, noisemakers, etc.
  • Students involved in misbehavior at rehearsal or the ceremonies will be removed from graduation and the diploma mailed (if Senior Checkout is completed).