Columbia High School’s Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2023 is scheduled for Saturday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College.
- Saturday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College
- Tickets will not be dispersed as their is sufficient seating capacity for all students and their families
- There is a mandatory rehearsal for graduating seniors on Friday, June 23 at 10:00 a.m. in the Columbia Auditorium. At that time, graduating students will receive their caps and gowns.
- Graduation will be live streamed for free at www.egcsd.org.
Q: How do students order caps and gowns?
A: Orders for graduation caps and gowns were due by Wednesday, March 15. More information.
Caps and gowns will be distributed immediately following the mandatory graduation rehearsal on Friday, June 23.
Q: Is there a graduation rehearsal?
A: Yes, there is a MANDATORY graduation rehearsal. This will be held on Friday, June 23 at 10:00 a.m. in the CHS auditorium. Students will need to provide their own transportation as there are no buses on this day.
Q: Why is attendance at the graduation rehearsal mandatory?
A: We want to make sure the ceremony is a dignified, memorable event for graduating seniors and their families. During the rehearsal we will make every attempt to be sure the student’s name is pronounced correctly and that the student understands appropriate graduation behavior.
Q: Will students be receiving tickets for this year’s graduation?
A: Tickets will not be dispersed this year. There is enough seating at HVCC for anyone who wishes to attend the ceremony.
Q: When is graduation?
A: Graduation will be held on Saturday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hudson Valley Community College’s (HVCC) McDonough Sports Complex.
Q: What is the length of the graduation ceremony?
A: The ceremony lasts approximately two hours.
Q: What should students wear under their robes?
A: Appropriate attire should be worn under the student’s gown. Light colored dress attire should be worn (dresses/dress pants). Students need to climb and descend stairs and appropriate footwear should be worn. Flip-flops are not appropriate and have caused students to fall down the stairs in past ceremonies.
Q: What time do students need to be at HVCC for the ceremony?
A: Students must be in the Ice Rink at the McDonough Sports Complex by 8:30 a.m.
Q: How early should guests arrive?
A: Guests should arrive no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. for seating.
Q: What are the parking procedures?
A: Free parking is available at HVCC. Please follow signs for the McDonough Sports Complex.
Q: When will students in the National Honors Society (NHS) receive their gold cords?
A: Students will receive their gold cords at the mandatory graduation rehearsal on June 23. Students who may be receiving cords for other honor societies or activities will receive them from their club advisors.
Q: When will students receive their diplomas?
A: VERY IMPORTANT: Students will receive a blank diploma holder at the ceremony. Immediately after the ceremony, students will return to the ice rink where they can pick up their diplomas. The diplomas will be at tables in alphabetical order.