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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 OF 2020- SENIOR SECTION!!  Have you seen the senior page on the website under student tab?   It contains all this info in one spot and is updated as more information becomes available. 


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

  • Tickets will be online.  Permission slips due by -_______. 
  • 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 acceptable.


SENIOR WEEK - May 18-22
During Senior Week students receive their pre-ordered Cap and Gown, attend awards rally, BBQ, Sunset, return textbooks and complete senior checkout.  Checkout includes final Naviance steps, visit with Counselor and payment of any fines to Library, Textbook, Child Nutrition and Bookkeeper.  


SENIOR AWARDS CEREMONY-  May 20th 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- May 20th  12:20pm – 1:15pm

·        The Senior BBQ follows the Ceremony on campus and is served by volunteers.  .

·        The BBQ is included in the Senior Gold Card.   All Seniors are invited.   


SENIOR SUNSET- May 21st  7-9pm @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 , 1:15pm - 2:30pm 

Seniors meet in the Gym for announcements by Admin, PTSA & Grad Night.  After announcements, seniors line up in pre-assigned classrooms to walk through the procession and recessional.   Seniors planning on participating in the ceremony must attend the practice. 


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 and without cell phones, noisemakers, extra items of clothing.

·        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 parking and seating is available in the designated areas for those with a disabled placard.  The disabled parking is labeled and set aside close to the tennis courts.  The seating is wheelchair accessible on the field. 

·        The Ceremony is Simulcast in the air conditioned Theater and via link for your convenience.   .


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 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 (by 8pm) if needed, and change clothes prior to boarding the buses at 8:30 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.



Updated January 2020 

CLASS LIST:  Are you on the class list to receive info directly from the Class Parent Paula Kenny?  Please email contact information to to be added.


SENIOR AD:  Submit Ad for yearbook by February 15.  Yearbook Ad   Questions? Contact Jennie Drummond, Yearbook Adviser,


SENIOR PORTRAIT Schedule online:  Senior Portrait Orders Online   or call Creative Imaging with questions:  925-485-6025.


SENIOR CHECK OUT:  Seniors complete a check-out process in May that includes overdue fines, grad credits, final transcripts and more.  In order to participate in Graduation Rehearsal and Ceremony, seniors must complete check out and get a stamp from Counseling.  Get it signed off early to avoid lines! 


GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Orders were taken in the Fall and will be distributed by Jostens January 17th.


SENIOR PANORAMIC PHOTO:  Was taken in September and distributed by leadership to students with a Senior Gold Card or purchased at Registration.  



·        Tryouts will be in early May from 3-5pm in Conference Room 

·        Sign up for the tryouts in April on AP Pagano’s door. 

·        A panel of judges will select the speakers for both ceremonies. 

·        Speeches may not exceed 5 minutes. 

·        In the past we have had both serious and light speeches. 

·        Look for the dates in the bulletin. 


STAMPEDE NEWSPAPER:  If you would like to send a message to your graduating senior we would love to feature it!   Each Send Off is $10 (checks made out to MVHS Journalism and mailed to Monte Vista High School, 3131 Stone Valley Rd).  Please email your messages, your name, and your student’s name to Thank you! -Monte Vista Stampede Staff


SENIOR SURVEY AND FINAL TRANSCRIPT REQUEST:  Seniors need to update the status of their college applications, complete the Senior Graduation Survey and submit a final Transcript Request via Naviance.  Due mid May. 


·        Jostens will distribute on May 18th of Senior Week in May during Brunch and Lunch in front of the Main Office. 

·        Cap/gowns borrowed from the office are returned by 8:00pm in front of Counseling in order to receive a diploma.  


LIBRARY BOOKS:  All books/items checked out from the Library must be returned 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.