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Commencement Weekend Information

Commencement Weekend Information

Dear Seniors and Senior Parents,

We look forward to celebrating with you this weekend! Seniors, if you have not done so already, we encourage you to decorate your graduation cap and send us your photos at or share on social media using #Clarkston2020.

Here are a few reminders to ensure our graduation events go smoothly...

Friday, June 12 (9am-7pm)
Commencement Stage Ceremony
Clarkston High School Event Lot

  • NEW! The stage ceremony will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel. Beginning at 8:30am on Friday, June 12, tune in to watch all of the action live here: CHS Class of 2020 Commencement Stage Ceremony
  • One vehicle per graduate, please no limousines or party buses (the traffic pattern in the parking lot does not allow for wide turns).
  • At your designated time, please arrive at the CHS event parking lot near the stadium. Please enter off the Walters Rd. entrance under the balloon arch.


    • 9am-10am: Aberlich - Bridger
    • 10am-11am: Brock - Diffenderfer
    • 11am-12pm: Dolan - Goble
    • 12pm-1pm: Godfrey - James
    • 1pm-2pm: Janik - Luba
    • 2pm-3pm: Lucero - Mychalowych
    • 3pm-4pm: Nassau-Young - Prause
    • 4pm-5pm: Prisby - Shields
    • 5pm-6pm: Shore - Verville
    • 6pm-7pm: Vo - Zywicki
  • You will be directed to line up in the parking lot (see graphic below).
  • When you arrive at the stage, you will be directed to pull forward and the graduate will exit the vehicle.. For safety purposes, and in order to move all graduates through the procession in a timely manner, only the graduate will be permitted to exit the vehicle.
  • You will be given graduation programs when you drive up.
  • When the graduate is called up, he or she will give a card with his or her name on it to the administrator. These cards were given out with caps and gowns last week. The graduate's name will be called, he or she will cross the stage, receive a diploma cover class flower, and pose for a professional photo. The graduate will receive a QR code to access his or her photographs. Diplomas will be mailed in late June.
  • The graduate will return to the car, and the vehicle will exit onto Flemings Lake Rd.

Friday, June 12 at 7pm
RHS Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Clarkston Community Schools YouTube The video will appear on this page and will be broadcasted at 7pm.

Saturday, June 13 from 12pm-4pm
Class of 2020 Commencement Cruise

Cruise by all of the places that have meaning for YOU, take a photo from your passenger window, and share it using #ClarkstonCruise2020 or email

  • There is no set cruise route - you are your own "Cruise Director!" (see suggestions below)
  • Decorate your vehicle - be creative (sorry, no parade floats)
  • Wear your cap and gown
  • Have a parent or other adult drive so you can fully experience the cruise as a passenger
  • Be respectful, responsible and safe
  • Go SLOW
  • Roads will not be closed during this event, so please obey traffic laws (no overcrowded vehicles, leaning out windows, riding in the bed of a truck, standing up through open sunroof, etc.)
  • Call ahead or stop by one of our Clarkston-area restaurants for an easy dinner before heading home to watch the CHS Virtual Commencement Ceremony!

Saturday, June 13 at 7pm
CHS Virtual Commencement Ceremony
Clarkston Community Schools YouTube The video will appear on this page and will be broadcasted at 7pm.

The District will broadcast a virtual graduation ceremony for Clarkston High School on Saturday, June 13 at 7pm on the Clarkston Community Schools YouTube channel. The video will follow the format of a traditional graduation with a welcome from Board President Kelli Horst and words from our senior speaker and administration. Students' names will be read, just as they would be in a traditional ceremony, and each student's picture will appear. Our Senior Board will share special reflections, photos, and memories; we will hear traditional graduation music by our CHS band and choir, and there will even be an invitation to participate in the traditional turning of the tassel.

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

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Media Contact: Mary Ellen Rowe, Marketing Director (248) 623-5460.

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