VHS Commencement Ceremony Info!

Good afternoon VHS families,  

The following information and attachments are to guide you during the commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  

LOCATION: The commencement ceremony will be held inside at the VHS Gymnasium due to the cold temperatures expected that evening.

  • All guests, including children, will need tickets to attend the ceremony. Tickets are required for entrance.
  • Access to the building and gym will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Graduates must report to the Fieldhouse at 5:45 p.m. for commencement practice.  


  • All non-handicap visitors should use the Vale Park Road entrance (North) and turn right for parking.
  • Parking will be at a premium due to construction of the new natatorium in the southwest lot.  Please carpool and plan accordingly.
  • Shuttles will be available from Cooks Corners elementary and the VCS administration building on Campbell street.  The shuttles will run from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm and from 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm.


  • All ADA/handicap visitors should use the Campbell Street entrance. Designated ADA parking is in the front of the school by Door 1. You must  display a handicap license plate tag or hanging tag in order to utilize parking in these locations. Those guests who need handicap seating but not parking may be dropped off at Door 1 for easy access to designated handicap seating on the EAST side of the gym. ADA Parking gates will open at 5:15 p.m.
  • Designated handicap seating is available on the second floor of the gym on the EAST side. There will be some handicap seating on the first floor of the gym on the NORTH side, first bleacher. Anyone using a wheelchair should use the space on the second floor, EAST side. An elevator is available inside Door 5 if parking behind the school.
  • Anyone utilizing handicap seating must display the appropriate handicapped seating ticket issued by Valparaiso High School.


  • The 2019 VHS commencement ceremony, produced by the Porter County Career Center, can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/bUIE_6Skcqo    (Copy and paste the link into your browser.)
  • Additional viewing options and updates will be communicated prior to the event.
  • Commencement will also be live streamed in the VHS Auditorium and the West Lobby (main gym lobby).


  • Pictures of the ceremony and of your student will provided by HR Imaging. Graduates will be given ordering information after the ceremony when they receive their diploma insert in the Fieldhouse.


  • Finally, please see the Senior End of Year and Commencement Presentation on the VHS website and on Canvas that spells out the commencement procedures.  If your senior has not reviewed this information, please encourage them to do so prior to the ceremony.

Thank you. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with your student.