The Graduation Ceremony

GHS Graduation Ceremony

A group of graduates throwing their caps in the air

Graduation will take place at Gorham High School on the stadium field at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2024. Please review the following details for more information:

  • Seniors must be at the high school by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9th. They will meet in the auditorium for last-minute preparations. They should be wearing caps and gowns and all other regalia (e.g. stoles and cords). 

  • The gates to enter the GHS Stadium will open at 2:30 p.m. for individuals with disabilities and 3:00 p.m. for everyone else. Only those with a ticket will be allowed to enter. Seniors will be given eight tickets during marching practice to distribute to family and friends of their choosing.

  • For security reasons, backpacks or other large bags will not be permitted; handheld, personal bags may be searched prior to entering.

  • Access Road will be closed from the GHS Parking Lot to Narragansett Street (Route 202) beginning at 2:00 p.m. on June 9th and extending through Graduation.

  • Parking will be extremely limited! There are only 240 parking spots on the GHS campus. Anyone planning to attend Graduation should make arrangements to carpool, to park off campus and walk, or to park at Gorham Middle School and utilize a shuttle service that we will be running between GMS and GHS. The shuttle service will begin at 2:30. It will begin again following the ceremony to transport people back to GMS. Handicap parking will be provided in spots 40-74 for seniors who have reserved them during marching practice. There may be extra handicap parking spots on a first come, first serve basis. Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) will be managing these spots.

  • Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. The Gorham High School facility, including the stadium, is ADA compliant, which means individuals with disabilities should be able to access the stands or the black chairs on the track. For individuals in a wheel chair, there will be plenty of room on the track in front of the portable bleachers.

  • Restrooms will be available at the snack shack. Food will not be available.

  • Graduation will be streamed live. A link to the stream will be made available in the days just prior to the ceremony.

  • Gorham High School, as are all school facilities, is a tobacco-free zone. Please refrain from bringing any tobacco products, including cigars, on campus. Police will take notice.

A group of people sitting in chairs in a field

Plan for Rain or Inclement Weather

Unless the forecast calls for a soaking rain, downpours, or severe weather, then the graduation ceremony will be held outside on the Gorham High School Stadium Field.

Dress For The Weather

Temperature and weather conditions can vary considerably between the beginning and end of the graduation ceremony. Please come prepared for all weather conditions (bring warm coats, rain gear, hats, sunscreen, water etc.) and wear shoes appropriate for damp, grassy terrain. For those who prefer to be indoors, a live broadcast of the ceremony will be provided.

Soaking Rain Or Severe Weather

If a soaking rain or severe weather is in the forecast, the graduation ceremony will be held in the Dean Evans Gymnasium and the McCormack Performing Arts Center (MPAC). A weather announcement will be communicated to seniors, their parents or guardians, and staff via email and posted on the Gorham High School website as soon as the decision is made.

In the event that we need to hold graduation inside, each graduate will be allocated 6 tickets for the Dean Evans Gymnasium where the actual ceremony will take place and 2 tickets for MPAC where the ceremony will be streamed onto the large screen.