Graduation Date: Monday, May 20th, 2024

    Ceremony Time: 7:30 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)

    Ceremony Location: Desert Financial Arena- 600 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, AZ 


    • You will find all the important dates leading up to the big day on this page by clicking on the Pathway to Graduation link on the left. 


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  • Below is the link to the Graduation Program. 

    Chandler High 2024 Graduation Program

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    Below is a copy of the slideshow we reviewed with your graduates this morning at our meeting.  Here are some important highlights:

    1. Graduate arrival time between 6:15 and 6:30 PM to the check-in area behind Desert Financial Arena.
    2. Spectators can enter the Arena at 6:30 PM.  You will not need a ticket!
    3. We will have a QR code for the program, so we will NOT have paper programs this year.  Your graduate was given two paper programs this morning.   Other items they were given:
          *Parent ribbons
          *ASU "prohibited item" list. Don't forget that there is a clear bag policy. 
         *Parking map
         *Picture information

    I'm looking forward to celebrating with you tonight!

    Below are the links:

    Graduation Practice Slide Show

    Graduation Practice Slide Show PDF

    Jennifer De La Torre

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    Please click on the link below to access the presentation from the Senior Class Meeting. 

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    • Click on the link below for a detailed list of prohibited items and other detailed ASU facility information. ASU recently updated the form to prohibit banners, flags, and signs of any size. 

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    If you could not pick up your cap, gown, and/or invitations on distribution day, they are available in the bookstore. 

    If you did not order from Josten's by the due date, items can also be purchased, cash only, from the bookstore. The costs are below:

    Cap only $10.00

    Cap and Gown $55.00

    Medallion only $10.00

    Tassel Only $15.00

    We wear a cap and gown to signify graduation and to graduate as one. Our uniformity displays togetherness and an "all the same" pride. Your cap and gown can not be altered in any way. You must wear the school-approved cap and gown, and caps cannot be decorated.  

    The tassel is placed on the right side of the mortarboard before graduation and moved to the left after graduation. 

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    Senior exams will be given on Wednesday, May 15th, and Thursday, May 16th, 2024. All seniors must attend all of their classes on both days.

    NOTE: 0 and 7th-hour Seniors need to check with their instructors for the 0 and 7th-period exam schedule.

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    Check-Out Dates:

    • May 13th-May 20th (checkout should be completed before graduation practice on May 20th.)

    Senior check-out sheets will be handed out during English class in early May.  All textbooks must be returned to your teacher before May 20th prior to completing your check-out in the bookstore, which is also by May 20th.  If your teacher is unavailable, you may return your textbooks to the bookstore.

    Seniors may check out earlier than May 20th, provided they return all laptops, textbooks, and uniforms and pay outstanding debts. Be sure to bring your completed check-out form to the bookstore. Mid-year graduates are required to check out in the bookstore prior to May 20th

    Be sure to keep your check-out receipt. You will need it to receive your seating assignment card at Graduation Practice.

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    All cords and stoles are purchased in the bookstore. The following are the only approved honors chords and stoles:

    • Honors cords
      • Summa Cum Laude (GPA 4.5-5.0)- Silver
      • Magna Cum Laude (GPA 4.25-4.49)- Black
      • Cum Laude (GPA 3.75-4.24)- White
    • NHS Stoles- Yellow with royal blue lettering
    • IB Students- White hood with IB logo
    • Cost:
      • Stole $35
      • Cord $10
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    Who?  ALL CHS, Mid-year Grads & Alternative Schools

    When?   Monday, May 20th , 2024 at 8:00 a.m.

    Where?  Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA) - Main Stage

    Why?  In-depth details about graduation are provided, including lineup/procession requirements, appropriate attire, and seating assignments.

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    Tickets are not required to attend the graduation ceremony at ASU, and the venue has no guest limit. 

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    Student Line Up: Be in the appropriate location by 6:15 p.m. at Mountain America Stadium (ASU Football Stadium). Be in line and ready for roll call at 7:00 p.m.  

    Diplomas will be pulled for any student not in line by 7:00 p.m.  You will not be allowed to "walk" if you are late!  Leave your house early so traffic, flat tires, etc. do not delay your arrival.

    Doors Open at 6:30 PM for spectators.

    Commencement begins at 7:30 p.m., Monday,  May 20th, 2024, at Desert Financial Arena @ ASU.

    Audience: Please do not bring foghorns or balloon bouquets to Desert Financial Arena. This is a courtesy to other families and friends who want to hear and see the ceremony. 

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    We wear a cap and gown to signify graduation and to graduate as one. Our uniformity displays togetherness and an "all the same" pride. Your cap and gown can not be altered in any way. You must wear the school-approved cap and gown, and caps cannot be decorated.   

    What to wear

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            Processional- The procession will be led by graduates in alpha order and played by the CHS Band. Seniors, please remain standing and quiet.

             Presentation of Colors-AFJROTC

             National Anthem-performed by CHS Band and Chorale

             Welcome and Introductions by Senior Class Officers – you may be seated

             Speeches and Music-remain seated

             Presentation of Class-Mr. Milbrandt will ask the class to please rise to be

             presented to the Board of Education.  After the presentation, the class will sit to

             await the awarding of diplomas.

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    • Each row will stand in unison, one row at a time.  Do not crowd!
    • Do not go to the podium until it’s your turn to give the reader your name card.
    • Name cards will be given while you are seated.
    • You will be given your diploma cover as you walk onto the stage ramp.
    • Please hold the cover with your left hand as you will be handing your name card to the reader with your right hand.
    • As your name is read, you will walk on stage and shake hands with a CUSD Board or Cabinet member with your right hand and exit stage down the center aisle.
    • After your name is called, DO NOT do anything to draw attention away from the student in line behind you. Please walk calmly back to your seat. Diplomas will be handed out once you return to your seat.

    *PLEASE remind your family and friends not to bring foghorns or balloon bouquets.

    • After the last name is called, the Board or Cabinet member will congratulate the Class of 2024 ask you all to stand, and instruct you to move your tassels from right to left.
    • Remain standing for the closing remarks.
    • After the closing remarks, stand to sing the Alma Mater.

    During the ceremony proper behavior is expected. Do not behave in such a manner as to embarrass yourself or your family or you will be escorted out of the arena. Walk and sit up straight; do not chew gum; no use of electronic devices!

    NOTE: If you receive the wrong diploma, please hold it until after the ceremony. Return it to Mrs. Graffeo in the registrar's office, and she will make the correction.

    REMEMBER if behavior is inappropriate, commencement exercises may be stopped and diplomas will be issued through the Principal's office on May 28th.

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    Parking:  The following areas will be available for parking the day of the ceremony.


    ¨ Lot 59

    ¨ Packard Drive South Garage

    ¨ Novus Parking Structure


    ADA parking is available in the following areas:

    ¨ Lot 58

    ¨ Lot 59 – East of Desert Arboretum Park, West of Packard Drive


    Please note they operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Please click on the link below for the map of parking areas.



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    Desert Financial Arena, and all ASU venues have a Clear Bag Policy. Graduates and guests will be asked to return items to their cars if they do not comply. You can visit: Clearbags.asu.edu for more information.

    ASU Clear Bag Policy


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    If you are planning on attending a four-year University, Community College or vocational training program and the school requires final transcripts, you will use Parchment.com for your requests.  

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    Don't miss out on ordering your senior panoramic picture. If you could not buy it during lunch on January 26, you still have time to purchase it at https://www.goldbeckcompany.com/index.html 

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