Caps and Gowns
Our Herff Jones representative, Mark Satterfield (818) 224-4925, will be on campus at Back to School Night, Open House and periodically throughout the school year to accept announcement and ring orders. Herff Jones Catalogs for the Class of 2017 are available in the Activities Office.
Graduation Announcements & Class Rings
Our Herff Jones representative, Mark Satterfield (818) 224-4925, will be on campus at Back to School Night, Open House and periodically throughout the school year to accept announcement and ring orders. Herff Jones Catalogs for the Class of 2017 are available in the Activities Office. You may order graduation announcements and gifts through the Herff-Jones website at http://hjgradstop.com.
Diploma Name Verification
The name on your high school diploma will be the same as it is on your transcript unless it is changed. In order to change your name you must have a copy of your birth certificate where your legal name is shown. Complete your diploma name verification during registration.
Each student is given three (3) guest tickets when they pick up their cap and gown. Beginning April 17th and continuing through April 24th seniors can sign up for a contingent extra ticket request in the Records Office before school, during lunch, or after school (3:16 p.m.). The number of tickets reserved for purchase is determined by the total number of requests made. Ticket results will be posted Thursday, April 27th and these tickets must be purchased for $10.00 cash each on Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 am ONLY in the Vikes’ Café. Any student who does not show up at this date and time will not be guaranteed extra tickets. Any additional tickets that become available will be sold for $20.00 cash each during senior week.
The graduation ceremony is a formal recognition of four years of successful academic work. Graduation is an occasion for joy, reflection, and dignity. Graduation Rehearsal is mandatory and will be held in the History Building and Greek Theatre, on Graduation Day, at 10:30 a.m. Details regarding line up, processional, recessional, seating, receiving diplomas, and other information pertaining to the ceremony will be discussed. Students will be requested to show their current Samohi student ID card in order to participate along with being cleared of all school obligations. Students who do not take part in rehearsal will not participate in the ceremony. Students are to report to their assigned graduation rooms at 4:30pm and the ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m.
Grad Nite Celebration
Grad Nite is an extravagant all-night party for the graduating class of Santa Monica High School. This event is put together by parents, district, teachers, staff, local businesses, and community members. The ticket price is $110 (August 2016 May 1, 2017), $125 (May 2-29), and $150 (May 30 June 8) CASH only at the door. Grad Nite takes place the evening of Graduation from 9:30pm to 5:30am - BRING STUDENT ID for entry. Parents, please join us at the Grad Nite Meetings in the Student Cafeteria. Check the Samohi Calendar for meeting dates.
October 5, 2016 is the day set aside for the whole senior class to gather together and have a panoramic group picture taken. Advance sales are available during registration and in the Vikes’ Inn. Pre-ordered pictures will be distributed in the Spring.
There will be no student parking on campus this year. Students parking on city streets are reminded to read posted signs carefully and that they will not be released from campus to move vehicles during or in-between classes. Parking is also available at the Civic Center Parking Structure located at Civic Center Drive and Fourth Street at $14 maximum daily charge or call 310-576-4743 to be placed on a monthly parking waitlist. Visit the SP+ Parking Office at 1440 4th Street for more information.
Senior Parent Night
Wednesday, October 5th we will host a meeting Senior Parents will not want to miss. This meeting is jam packed with important information including Academic and Grade requirements and College, SAT and ACT, Scholarships and Grants, Senior Year Activities, Prom, Graduation Requirements, Graduation, and Grad Nite information. There will be the opportunity to complete paperwork and place orders required for all senior students.
Every senior student will receive an information packet in the mail to their home address along with instructions on how to make an appointment online to have their Senior Portrait taken by White’s Studios. Students do not have to buy a package, but if they want their picture in the yearbook they must arrange for an appointment. As a courtesy, White’s Studios will have their mobile studio on campus from Friday, July 29th through Saturday, August 13th. If students miss these dates, they can make arrangements with White’s Studios to have their portrait taken at their North Hollywood studio location Tuesday Saturday. On the day of the appointment, please bring the sitting fee that runs between $25 and $69 depending on the option chosen. In order for the senior’s picture to be included in the yearbook they must have a portrait taken by November 10, 2016. To make an appointment, visit http://www.whites-studios.com/samohi or call the studio at (818) 752-7780.
Senior Honors Night
This celebration will take place on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in Barnum Hall. This is a ceremony to recognize and celebrate senior academic achievements, honors, scholarships and awards. Everyone may attend. If a student receives an invitation, it means they are receiving recognition.
This year’s Senior Prom will take place on May 20, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Guest pass applications for seniors wishing to bring a non-Samohi guest will be available in March. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Ticket sales will take place April 17th 28th. Students will be requested to show their current Samohi student identification in order to purchase and pick-up tickets along with being cleared of all school obligations. (e.g., textbook, library, college center, financial, Saturday school and attendance). Cash only at the time of purchase, no exceptions. We ask parents not to assist students in renting hotel rooms or houses for post prom related parties.
Neither Santa Monica High School nor the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District sponsors senior or any other kind of grade level trips. Should you or your child receive a letter, flyer, email, phone call or some other form of communication about a senior trip claiming that they are working with our school, be advised it is not true. Please be on the lookout for these communications and be aware statements being made of affiliation or working together are not true. Santa Monica High School does not sponsor these trips.
We have set aside the days before Graduation as Senior Week. Students will take their final exams in their classes the week of May 30th to June 2nd. They will not be attending classes while other students are taking final exams. Seniors must report on each day from June 5th June 8th in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. During this time students will receive a clearance that they will need to present in order to pick up their cap and gown the day before graduation. Do not expect to get clearance at other times. Parents, relatives, or friends may not stand in for the student.
Yearbook and Senior Yearbook Ads
Yearbook sales begin at registration. Prices increase throughout the school year ranging from $95 to $110 depending on when the purchase is made. Space is available in the last one-third of the yearbook for senior ads. Full and half page sheets can be prepared and purchased by individuals, friends, and groups. Students should avoid the stress of their senior year by purchasing their Senior Ad early! Senior Ad Prices: Full Page Layout $225; Full Page Collage $175, Half Page Layout or Collage $120. The last day to reserve a senior page is November 18, 2016. If you get your Senior Ad turned in by December 2, 2016, you will receive a $25 refund. All Senior Ads are due by December 16, 2016 in L104.
Any additional questions can be directed to the Senior Class Advisors.
Brooke Forrer, email@example.com
Ryan Hoffman, firstname.lastname@example.org