Graduation FAQ



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    Thursday June 2, 2022  8:00am

    Bella Vista High School Stadium

    SIX family members per graduate




    If you have not ordered your cap and gown, please do so ASAP by visiting:

    If you have a financial concern regarding a cap and gown, please contact Mrs. Cespedes at


    CAP AND GOWN PICKUP:  Wednesday, June 1st - At Senior Checkout

    Seniors will pick up their cap and gown at the end of their senior checkout. All ordered caps and gowns will be delivered directly to Bella Vista.


    GRADUATION REHEARSAL (STUDENTS ONLY):  Wednesday, June 1st - 12:30 - 2:30. Grads should all meet in the LARGE GYM promptly at 12:30 (please note this is a location change from the stadium). We will start with Athlete of the Year awards and Senior slideshow, then move outside to the stadium. Dress cool and wear sunscreen!



    Wednesday, June 1st in the Large Gym


    Senior checkout will be by Alpha: 

    A - G               8:30 am to 9:30 am

    H - O               9:30 am to 10:30 am

    P - Z                10:30 am to 11:30 am


    • Senior checkout forms will be emailed on Monday, May 23rd to all graduates at their
    • The check out form must be complete with ALL signatures before coming to Senior checkout on June 1st.
    • At Senior checkout, students will receive a packet with:
    • Graduation wristbands for 6 family members
    • An index card to write their name phonetically for the graduation announcers. Bring this card to the graduation ceremony.



    Due to the size of our Senior class, each graduate will be allowed a maximum of 6 wristbands to be given to family members. All seating will be on the field and seating accommodations will be provided for any guest with a disability. Families may enter the stadium according to their colored wristband. The white wristband entrance will be located at the northwest gate and the red wristband entrance will be located at the southwest gate. click here

    LOST OR STOLEN Wristbands will not be replaced.



    Guests may park in the Bella Vista parking lot next to the stadium. Due to limited parking spaces, we encourage graduates and family members to ride together. The designated overflow parking for graduates will close at 6:45am and vehicles cannot be left in this area after the ceremony.



    Rehearsal will start in the large gym and move out to the Stadium. If a student does not participate in the rehearsal, they will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony. Attendance will be taken at the rehearsal. Students are responsible to provide their own transportation to rehearsal and graduation. If a parent/guardian brings you to rehearsal, they are to either drop you off or wait in their car. No parents/guardians will be allowed at rehearsal unless required for the student’s safety and care.



    Location: Bella Vista High School

    Date: Thursday June 2, 2022

    Time: 8:00am

    Arrival time: Stadium will open at 7:15am for families to find seats



    Graduates are expected to be present in the large gym NO LATER THAN 7:00am. Any graduates driving themselves need to arrive before 6:45am for parking.



    Cap & Gown

    Unadorned/unmodified cap, gown, and tassel.  Cap and Gowns must be worn, zipped up, and free of any additional adornments, except school approved and/or provided medals, cords, and/or sashes. 

    AUTHORIZED Adornments only:
              o  AcaDeca Medal winner = wear 1 medal
              o  AVID = stole
              o  Band 4 years = black scarf
              o  CSF = Gold Cord
              o  French Honor Society: 4 yrs. French, grade requirements = White Cord
              o  GPA = 3.75 = Red Sash
              o  Japanese Honor Society = 2 Years Japanese + 3.5 GPA = Red & White Cord
              o  Interact Club - Blue & Gold Cord
              o  NHS = White or Blue Stole
              o  Science Olympiad Medal Winner = wear 1 medal
              o  Student Government: 2 yr enrolled = Medal
              o  Seal of Biliteracy = Medal
              o  VAPA Tie Dye  = multicolor stole


    Clothing -  Dressy Casual

    Collared shirts (no T-shirts)

    Dress or skirt

    Dress pants, slacks, or khakis (no shorts). 

    Footwear:  Flats, sandals, or heels (Shoes should be neat & clean, no flip flops)



    1. No Balloons, Signs, Banners, or any other items that can disrupt the view of other guests.
    2. Families are to remain in their seats for the duration of the event. Please know that Bill Smith Photography will be present and will take pictures of each student after walking across the stage. Pictures will be available through Bill Smith Photography.

    No artificial sound makers will be allowed.


    Photos, Live Stream

    Bill Smith will be on site taking photos of graduates receiving their diploma and walking across the stage. Photos can be ordered by visiting:

    Orangevale Live will be streaming to both YouTube and Facebook, using the Orangevale Live home pages. A few days before graduation, families can do a search on YouTube for Bella Vista Graduation 2022 and it will come up. If they are following OV Live on Facebook, they will get an automatic alert when the stream starts. There will NOT be DVD recording available for purchase.

Last Modified on May 27, 2022