NSD April Communication

Important! NSD Class of 2024 Messaging

The following communication was sent to comprehensive high school Class of 2024 families on Friday, April 5, 2024:

Dear Class of 2024 and their Families,

2024 Graduations are just around the corner. This communication is to share the following: graduation requirements, graduation dates for each comprehensive high school, guest logistics and support, and changes to student academic honors. 

Graduation Requirements

The 2024 commencement ceremony will include all students who have met the graduation requirements established by the Northshore School District in School Board Policy 2410 and the State of Washington. Congratulations to the Class of 2024 on this major achievement!

School Graduation Dates and Times

The 2024 commencement ceremonies for Northshore’s four comprehensive high schools will take place at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell on the following dates:

Monday, June 17, 2024

Bothell High School 1:00 p.m.

North Creek High School 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Woodinville High School 1:00 p.m.

Inglemoor High School 6:00 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony Tickets

Entrance tickets are required for every guest. Children under age 2 sitting on laps are free. Each graduate will receive five free tickets. Each additional ticket is $7 and will be available to purchase in advance through your high school. Watch for your high school’s graduation guide, which will be available later this spring, to learn more about ticket availability. If the additional cost presents a barrier to attendance, graduates should contact their counselor to arrange for additional tickets at no cost. Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed as well, with closed captioning available. Translated closed captions will be available 24 hours after the live stream for families who would benefit from this service. More information about live streaming will be provided on this webpage as the dates approach.

Graduate/Attendee Guidelines and Safety Protocols

Over several months, principals and staff members from all four comprehensive high schools collaboratively planned this special day to honor our graduates. Every graduate who plans to participate in this year’s commencement ceremony, and every attendee, will be expected to follow the standards as set forth by the Northshore School District and each high school’s administration to ensure a safe and welcoming environment. 

We understand this is an exciting time for our graduates, as well as those who have supported them in reaching this milestone. In honor of the Class of 2024 and everyone in attendance at the commencement ceremony:

●      Please remain seated and quiet throughout the ceremony.

●      Anyone causing disruptions will be asked to leave.

●      Balloons, noisemakers, air horns, beach balls, and other distracting items are strictly prohibited.

●      High heels are NOT allowed on the field or the track, but wedge sandals and flat shoes are permitted.

●      Designated photo areas on the field will be available for your group and graduate to take pictures after the ceremony.

●      Photos will not be allowed to be taken on the graduation stage.

We want to remind you that creating the best possible experience for every graduate and attendee includes making safety a priority.

●      Weapons are strictly prohibited on District property per RCW 9.41.280. Also, no alcoholic beverages or glass containers for liquids will be allowed.

●      Please be aware of emergency exits. Maps are posted around the stadium. In the event of an emergency, listen to announcements for directions.

Arrival and Parking for Pop Keeney Stadium

Gates open 45 minutes prior to each school’s ceremony. Due to the large number of anticipated attendees, please note the following information for arriving and parking at Pop Keeney Stadium, 9809 NE 188th St., Bothell:

●      The best route to approach the stadium parking lot is Eastbound on 188th as there will be no left turns from Westbound.

●      Parking will be limited. Please consider carpooling.

●      Pop Keeney Stadium has entrance ramps on the south side of the stadium that allow for wheelchair accessibility. The first few rows of attendee seating in the bleachers, and designated areas on the field, have been reserved for those with limited mobility. If you would like to reserve seating in these areas, please complete this survey so we can plan accordingly.

●      Tailgating will not be allowed.

Ceremony Information Translated

Graduation programs will be printed in English and distributed at the event in person. In addition, prior to your school’s graduation ceremony, families will receive an email about the ceremony order and speakers through ParentSquare. This step ensures all families can follow along and understand the ceremony details in their preferred language, as ParentSquare automatically translates messages for families. High school graduation is a significant event in the lives of our students, and we want all of our families to be able to enjoy the experience.

Graduating with Latin Honors

Starting with the Class of 2023, Northshore’s comprehensive high schools adopted the Latin terms to celebrate high-achieving students as follows:

●      Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors):  top 5% of GPAs

●      Magna Cum Laude (with high honors):  top 6-15% of GPAs

●      Cum Laude (with honors): top 16-30% of GPAs

Graduating seniors will be honored based on GPA as shown above. This new tradition will continue with the Class of 2024 and will replace the previous tradition of naming valedictorians and salutatorians. Much like in the past with valedictorians and salutatorians, students receiving Latin honors will be recognized during graduation ceremonies, assemblies, and/or other recognition programs. By refining our recognitions, our high schools are aligning with systems used in higher education while also giving deserved recognition to additional high-achieving students.

Your school will send a message detailing what to expect in the days and weeks leading up to your commencement ceremony, as well as the day of the ceremony. If you have questions about your 2024 commencement ceremony, please contact your school.

Again, congratulations! We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2024 this June!

Northshore School District