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Graduation Information

Wednesday, May 15:

A non-denominational Youth Rally/Baccalaureate event (not mandatory) will be at 7 p.m. at New Hope Community Church. Presentable attire is required.


Friday, May 31:

Walk The Halls


Tuesday, June 4:

Seniors will attend all classes in order to check out.


Wednesday, 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 a.m. (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 permitted to practice or walk in the ceremony.


Wednesday, June 5:

Senior picture (optional) will be taken at Kennison Field at 2:45 p.m. Seniors need to wear their project graduation t-short and/or a black/dark grey t-shirt.


Wednesday, June 5: 

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 3:00 p.m. and depart at 3:15 p.m. sharp. 


Thursday, June 6:

The Graduation Ceremony is at 7:00 p.m. 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 Highland Avenue/Purple Gym parking lot at 4:30 p.m. with a departure of 4:45 p.m.


Graduation Speeches:

Welcome by the class President, Spanish Welcome, Prophecy, History, and Farewell. 


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 lead to removal form the ceremony.



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.



Individual student pictures will be taken during the ceremony and will be available for purchase.


Celebration Rules:

Not allowed in the Toyota Center: Balloons, noisemakers, strollers, outside food/beverage - including water bottles. Flowers will not be allowed on the floor with the graduates. Bags and purses will be checked by security staff. 


Project Graduation:

Project Graduation this year will be at the Tri-City Court Club upon conclusion of the graduation ceremony.



Due to bridge construction, it is highly recommended that you adjust your travel plans so you arrive on time for graduation.


Questions or concerns?

Contact Tammy Gattis at 541-667-6125 or


Updated 4.16.2019