Graduation FAQ

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    Thursday June 1, 2023  8:00am

    Bella Vista High School Stadium

    8 guest tickets per graduate

    Gates open at 7:15am



    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. Snyder at 



    Wednesday, May 31st

    After graduation rehearsal 


    Seniors will pick up their cap and gown after graduation rehearsal. All ordered caps and gowns will be delivered directly to Bella Vista and handed out during this event.



    Wednesday, May 31st in the Large Gym 


    Senior checkout will be by Alpha:  

    A - G 8:00 am to 9:00 am

    H - O 9:00 am to 10:00 am

    P - Z   10:00 am to 11:00 am


    1. Senior checkout forms will be emailed on Monday, May 22nd to all graduates at their email.  

    2. The check out form must be complete with ALL signatures before coming to Senior checkout on May 31st.

    3. At Senior checkout, students will receive a packet with:

    • Graduation wristbands for 8 guests

    • Wrist band for the graduate to wear to graduation check in

    • Parking map
    • Bill Smith Photo & live stream information


    LOST OR STOLEN Wristbands will not be replaced.



    Wednesday, May 31st

    11:30 - 1:30. start in the large gym at 11:30


    Rehearsal will end in 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 1, 2023

    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.




    There will be parking available in the Bella Vista parking lot next to the stadium and limited overflow parking. Due to the limited number of parking spaces, we encourage graduates and family members to ride together.



    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.  Students who have completed basic training and is an active member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces may wear a military dress uniform at the ceremony. Students are permitted to wear tribal regalia or recognized objects of religious or cultural significance as an adornment to the customary ceremonial attire, as long as the adornment does not cause a substantial disruption of, or material interference with, the ceremony. Students who desire to wear such adornments shall seek permission from the principal prior to the day of the graduation ceremony.

     Clothing -  Dressy Casual

    Collared shirts (no T-shirts)

    Dress or skirt

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

    Footwear:  Flats, sandals, or heels (No flip flops, tennis shoes, running shoes, etc.)

    It is recommended that no student wear a heel that is skinny (stiletto) as it may sink into the field and create an unstable foundation for students. It is recommended that students wear wedges or shoes with a full-sole. 



    1. Guests must wear a graduation wristband to be admitted into the stadium.
    2. No Balloons, Signs, Banners, or any other items that can disrupt the view of other guests. We ask that these remain in your vehicle or be left at the ticket booth at your own risk.

    3. Families are to remain in their seats for the duration of the event and will not be permitted on the track for taking pictures. The field gates to field seating will close promptly at 8am for the processional. 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.

    4. 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: OR by going to

    Select View My Images

    Select View/Order Sports & Event Photos


    Select your package


    Questions? Call (916)749-1026 and select Option 1 or email

    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 2023 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 June 1, 2023