Commencement Information for the Class of 2024

Friday, May 31, 2024 at 6:30 pm

Baccalaureate - Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 pm in the Oyer Auditorium at WASHS

Baccalaureate is student-led and organized by the Class of 2024 Executive Council . Details sent to graduates via their WASD email.
Page Updated - 5/30/2024

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Rain or Shine!

WASHS Administration will begin studying the weather on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 and will share a tentative plan for indoor or outdoor graduation with graduates during practice that day. A final decision about the location of Commencement will be made on Friday, May 31 by 9:00 am. That decision will be shared with graduates at practice and via BoroBlast email to families.


  • Each graduate will receive 10 tickets for Commencement.

  • For Outdoor Graduation:

    • Either color ticket will gain admittance to the stadium.

    • Limited auditorium seating will also be available using either color ticket.

  • For Indoor Graduation:

    • 5 tickets will gain admittance to the gymnasium

    • 5 tickets will gain admittance to the auditorium, where a live stream will be shown

  • A ticket is required for any attendee who will have their own seat. Tickets are not required for infants/small children who will sit in someone's lap.

  • Tickets will be given to graduates on the first day of Commencement practice. (NOTE: Fines/obligations must be paid before tickets will be distributed).

  • Extra tickets not needed by the graduates family may be returned to the WASHS secretary.

  • Graduates must complete a Google form (sent to their WASD email) to request additional tickets.

  • Handicap seating is available and will be requested via Google form sent to graduates. Handicap tickets will be included in the 10 total given to your child.


  • We have over 300 graduates this year, each received 10 tickets - carpooling is encouraged!

  • Parking is available at WASHS, WAMS, Summitview Elementary, and Clayton Avenue and anywhere along the Borough Streets near the high school.

  • Please do not park in the grass.

  • Handicapped parking (must have placard) is available in the A-level Event Entrance parking lot and in the lower section of the back parking lot.

  • Vehicles may pull into the A-level Event Entrance to drop off attendees; no parking without a handicapped placard.

Outdoor Graduation - Buchanan Automotive Stadium behind Waynesboro Area Senior High School

Indoor Graduation - Waynesboro Area Senior High School Gymnasium & Oyer Auditorium

Commencement Logistics

  • Gates/Doors open at 5:30 pm

  • Graduates should arrive by 5:45 pm in the WASHS cafeteria


  • Commencement will be live streamed from the WASD website for family and friends who may not be able to attend. Link will be shared via BoroBlast no later than Tuesday, May 28 at 12:00 noon.

  • Please remember that state law prohibits the use of cigarettes, tobacco products, e-cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs on school property for ALL individuals.

Personal Items

  • Balloons may not be brought into the building.

  • Please limit bags and large purses to this that will fit comfortably in your lap or under your seat.

  • ONLY water is permitted in the gymnasium and auditorium.

  • Per ADA guidelines and WASD policy, registered service animals, limited to dogs, are permitted; emotional support animals are not permitted. If you are bringing a service dog, please contact our building secretary ( so we can seat that individual appropriately.

Gifts for your Graduate

WASHS partners with an outside company called The Commencement Group, who offer fresh flowers and other gifts to celebrate your child's accomplishment. Purchasing these items is optional. Flowers MUST be pre-ordered and will be available for pick up at graduation. The Commencement Group will have other items (necklaces, teddy bears, etc...) available at the ceremony for purchase (cash or credit card) on a first come, first served basis. WASHS receives a portion of the proceeds from these sales, which we use to support the needs of our students throughout the year.

Participation in Commencement is reserved for those members of the Class of 2024 and Early graduates from the Class of 2025 who have met or exceeded the WASD and Pa Dept. of Education Requirements for Graduation.

Any senior who needs to complete courses during summer school will be invited to participate in the Commencement ceremony along with the Class of 2025.

Dress Expectations

  • All graduates will wear their cap
    & gown

  • Blue gown attire:

    • Dress pants

    • Collared shirt

    • Neck tie or bow tie

    • Socks

    • Dress shoes

  • White gown attire:

    • Light-colored dress or skirt/pants & blouse

    • Dress shoes or sandals (Flats, wedges, or block heels ONLY)

The following items MAY NOT be worn by graduates during the Commencement ceremony:

  • Sneakers, work boots, flip flops, shoes with a pointed heel

  • T-shirts

  • Shorts, jeans

  • Baseball hats

  • Decorated graduation caps

Graduates WILL be required to change if they arrive wearing attire that is not permitted.

Please contact the building principal with questions/concerns/needs regarding Commencement attire.

Commencement Practice, Day 1
(Tuesday, May 28)

Arrive between 7:35-7:50 am @ Oyer Auditorium

  • Arrival & sign-in

  • Class of 2024 Exit Survey

  • Chromebook & charger return

  • Class meeting

    • Commencement logistics

    • Expectations

    • Dress expectations

  • Determine line-up

  • Distribute tickets

Senior Shindig will follow practice.

We anticipate practices will wrap up around 10:30 am. Practices will end earlier if all graduates are on time and are actively listening to instructions!

Commencement Practice, Day 2
(Wednesday, May 29)

Arrive between 7:35-7:50 am @ Oyer Auditorium

  • Arrival & Sign-In

  • Practice Procession & Seating

  • Practice Reading of names (class officers)

  • Brief meeting about Baccalaureate (for those attending)


Class Officers and Speakers will practice their speeches immediately following practice.

We will be OUTSIDE following check in, weather permitting. Graduates are encouraged to bring a hat or sunglasses, wear sunscreen, and water.

Commencement Practice, Day 3 (Thursday, May 30)

Arrive between 7:35-7:50 am
@ Oyer Auditorium


  • Class photo (hats, sunglasses may not be worn during the photo)

  • Full run of ceremony

  • Following Commencement practice, seniors have the option to participate in the annual Senior Walk. Buses will be provided to/from WASD Elementary Schools (Fairview, Hooverville, Mowrey, Summitview) and St. Andrews)

Baccalaureate will begin at 6:30 pm in the Oyer Auditorium at WASHS. Graduates should wear their caps and gowns.