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Important Dates

May 9 - Final for Career Requirements and Credit Recovery and Outside Credits
May 11 - Last day to sign up for family transportation to and from the Toyota Center
May 30 - Deadline to sign up for Walking Partners
June 1 - All work completed in order to walk in the Graduation Ceremony
June 7 - Last day of regular classes for Seniors
June 7 - Graduation

Tuesday, May 29:  A non-denominational, Youth Rally/Baccalaureate event that is not mandatory will be at 7 p.m. in the HHS Auditorium. Presentable attire is required.


Friday, June 1: Seniors will walk the Halls of all five elementary schools in full cap and gown.


Monday, June 4: Seniors will attend all classes in order to check out.


Tuesday, June 5: You will need to be at school to check out of the main offices and pay any overdue fees.  You will check out according to the following schedule:  9:00 – 10:00 am (A-F), 10:00 – 11:00 (G-O), and 11:00 – Noon (P-Z).  Seniors/GED completers who have not checked out will not be allowed to practice or walk in the ceremony.


Wednesday, June 6: Graduation practice will be at 4:30 p.m.  Seniors must attend the practice or they will be excluded from the ceremony on Thursday.  Please note that all school rules still apply during practice and certain infractions may result in exclusion from the graduation ceremony. All graduating students must ride the bus up to the Toyota Center. Buses will load at 3:30 p.m. and depart at 3:45 p.m. sharp.


Thursday, June 7: The Graduation Ceremony is at 7:00 pm in the Toyota Center, 7000 W. Grandridge Blvd. Kennewick, WA 99336.  Seniors who are walking are to ride the bus up to the Toyota Center on the day of graduation. Buses will load from the HHS main entrance at 5:00 p.m. with a departure of 5:15 p.m. sharp.


If your family requires transportation to the Toyota Center for graduation, this form must be completed by May 11th to reserve their spot on the bus.  These buses will depart from the high school at 5:45 p.m SHARP.


Graduation Speeches:  Welcome (given by the class President), Spanish welcome, Prophecy, History, and Farewell

Eligibility for Speakers: Interested students graduating with an Honors diploma must sign up in Counseling.

Speech Auditions: Auditions will be held April 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the HHS auditorium.  Students will give a two-minute speech on their favorite high school memory to a panel of counselors, teachers, students and administration.  The top four students will speak at graduation. 


Code of Conduct: The Hermiston community and school personnel care about maintaining the dignity and ceremony of graduation.  While we want to encourage appropriate celebration of your accomplishments, it is essential to maintain respect for all the participants in the program.  Each student speaker and individual senior deserves to have his/her moment in the spotlight.  Students whose inappropriate actions interfere with this philosophy will be removed from the ceremony. 


Attire:  The traditional cap and gown is a privilege and should be worn with pride.  Clothing underneath needs to be appropriate as well.  No shorts or flip-flops are allowed.  The cap and gown should remain intact without additional decoration, including glitter.


Pictures of individual students will be taken during the ceremony and available for purchase through LifeTouch at


Balloons, Noise Makers, Silly String, Confetti, outside food and beverages are not allowed into the Toyota Center; additionally, flowers will not be allowed on the floor with the graduates.  Due to fact that there will be subsequent graduations other than just ours, it is imperative that the above rules are followed.


Project Graduation Party:  The Project Graduation Party this year will be at the Tri-City Court Club upon conclusion of the graduation ceremony. Parents/adults who would like to help at the Project Graduation Party, contact Jenny Miller at


Questions or concerns, please contact Tammy Gattis at 541-667-6125 or


Updated 4/26/18


Important Documents
Honors Diploma Checklist
Graduation Ceremony- Family Transportation
If your family requires transportation to the Toyota Center for graduation, this form must be completed by May 11th to reserve their spot on the bus.
Senior Year and Graduation Gear
Find Hermiston High School graduation products at the official Josten's school store. Celebrate senior year with apparel, grad announcements, gifts, class rings and more.