Seniors & Graduation


Below is a list of senior fees.  These need to be paid before your senior attends prom as well as before he/she will receive their cap/gown and tickets to graduation

senior fees as of April 28


Congratulations to the Class of 2017!!!

You have worked hard to get to the point of high school graduation. You are to be commended for your hard work!!  We are excited to see where our DSA graduates go in life.  We hope that you always stay in touch and let us know your successes in life.

Whether you are the first to graduate in your family or the last, there are many steps you must follow to ensure a smooth senior year and a clear path to the graduation ceremony. The people and numbers below will you help navigate your way to the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Chairman
Assistant Principal Miranda Odom is the chair of the graduation ceremony. If you have questions about any of the information listed below, please email her at

The 2017 graduation ceremony will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Wednesday, May 24th at 5:00 pm.  It should last approximately 90 minutes.  The doors will open at 4:30 pm

Tickets to the Ceremony
The graduation ceremony is by ticket only.  All seniors will receive 10 tickets to the graduation free of cost.  They will receive them on Tuesday, May 23rd after the graduation rehearsal at DSA.  After that, tickets may be purchased for $10.  Seniors/families may purchase extra tickets from the treasurer, Jaymie Montoya, after rehearsal is complete on May 23rd.  Once the extra tickets run out, they’re gone.  Ms. Montoya will sell tickets until she leaves on Wednesday for the ceremony.  Extra tickets will be sold at the ceremony beginning at 4:30 pm.  Everyone will need a ticket – including small children.  Only babies, sitting on laps, do not need a ticket.  Tickets will be cash only.  There will be no refunds given on unused tickets.

Senior Timeline
The senior timeline will help keep you organized throughout the year.  Print one out for your home as well as your backpack.  Use it as a reference so you don’t miss any steps/information.  PLEASE NOTE:  check the timeline periodically.  The date in the top center is the last time it was updated.  If you see a newer version, print it out and throw away the old timeline.


Graduation Fee
All seniors are required to pay a $100 graduation fee.  100% of this money goes directly to the cost of renting the Ellie Caulkins Opera House as our venue.  This fee is paid at August registration.  Seniors will not receive their caps/gowns/tickets etc until this fee is paid.

Off Campus/Online Classwork – May 1
Any senior who is taking a class off campus (who needs this class to graduate) must have a completed grade to their counselor by May 1, 2017.  This is the student’s responsibility.  This includes all and any online classwork or classes taken at a local community college.

May 5
All seniors have 4 things due on May 5, 2017

1)   All seniors must have logged into Naviance and completed their senior exit survey.  If you have questions, please see your counselor.
2)   All seniors must have logged into Naviance to put in their college selection for the fall of 2016.
3)   All seniors must turn in their scholarship/grant info to Ms. Vliet in the counseling center.  On the graduation program there will be a listing of all scholarships/grants received.  An amount will NOT be listed next to the listing.   Info turned in after this date will not be listed in the program.
4)  All seniors must have paid all their fees with treasurer Jaymie Montoya

Fall Brown Bag Cohorts
All seniors will rotate through a lunch time meeting with the counselors.  These are called the Brown Bag Cohorts.  12 students per day will be asked to bring their lunch with them into the counseling center.  We will begin at 12:20.  Any senior arriving after 12:25 will be assigned to another day.  Seniors may not swap out for another day.  This is mandatory for all seniors.

Counseling Center staff will explain the way in which to apply for college, where in the Counseling Center to locate different forms to get letters of rec/transcripts, where on the website to do college searches/scholarship searches, Naviance requirements for seniors, etc.

It is hoped that this 45 minutes will clarify how the DSA Counseling Center will help to support our seniors through their college/scholarship search.

Senior Cohorts
Senior Brown Bag Powerpoint

In order for a senior to attend the 2017 prom, he/she must
1)              Be passing all classes with a D or better on Friday, May 5, 2017
2)              All online classes must be complete (including passing the final exam)
3)              Fees/fines must be paid in full
4)              First AND second semester attendance rate must be 80% or higher
5)              Not have any significant behavior incidents during my senior year. This will be determined by the DSA administration.

Senior Fees
All seniors are responsible for paying any outstanding fees to the treasurer’s office BEFORE May 8th.  Seniors will not receive their cap and gown or graduation tickets until all fees are completely paid.  This information is NOT listed in IC under parent or student portal.  You will have to speak directly with treasurer Jaymie Montoya.  Her direct phone number is 720-424-1711.

Your Counselor
It is important throughout your entire high school life that you keep in touch with your counselor.  Try to stop by at least once a semester to check in.  During your senior year, however, it is more important than ever.  Your counselor will work with you to make sure you have met all graduation requirements.

Last Names A – F
BriAnne Bredenberg

Last Names G – L
Gina Subudhi

Last Names M – Z
Kristen Jaramillo

Senior Recitals
Seniors may use the Concert Hall for senior recitals during the dates listed below.  There are two concerts each day:  one from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm and one from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.  We will take reservations for the Concert Hall on a first come/first serve basis.  You may reserve a date through Ms. Miles.  No email requests will be honored.  You must come into the office and speak personally with Ms. Miles.

In order for the senior recital to count toward the Arts Endorsed Diploma, it must be complete by April 28, 2017.

Senior Recitals 16-17

All seniors must log into Naviance a minimum of twice during their senior year.  The first time is in the fall.  You must then log back in, by May 5th, to complete your senior survey.  If you have questions specifically about this Naviance requirement, please see your counselor.

Log into Naviance here

Denver Scholarship Foundation
The mission of DSF is to inspire and empower Denver Public School students to achieve their college dreams.  In addition to providing college and financial aid advice to high school students, DSF offers need-based scholarships that can be used at 32 partner colleges in Colorado.  The colleges include technical and community colleges, state colleges and universities, and private institutions. The scholarship is renewable for up to five years.  Learn more at

Class Rings – Jostens
Jostens will be at DSA on Tuesday, September 13th to show the seniors their class rings.  This will be a meeting during the arts major block.  They will be back the next week to take orders.  Those orders will be taken September 20.

Caps/Gowns/Announcements – Jostens
Your cap, gown and tassel are all purchased through Jostens.  Using your timeline, you can see that cap/gown ordering is January 11, 2017.  You may also purchase class rings, announcements and other accessories through Jostens if you wish.  This will be done on the same date.  Our Jostens representative is Nils Erikson.  Nils can be reached at 303-985-0095.  Cap and gowns are not handed out until the May 23rd rehearsal at the Schomp Theatre at 10 am.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lunch time in main hallway

Distribution of Graduation Announcements – Jostens
Your announcements will be distributed on Thursday, April 6 during lunch.  Jostens will be in the main hallway.

The DSA yearbook advisor is Amy McGrath.  Senior photos are submitted online and are due October 14, 2016.senior-photo-instructions-16-17

Arts Endorsed Diploma
All seniors have the opportunity to graduate with an arts endorsed diploma.  This is signified by the white cord around the graduate’s neck at the graduation ceremony.  The graduate’s diploma will read “Arts Endorsed Diploma”.  It is important to note that the transcripts will not have that designation anywhere on them.  DSA students receive the same transcripts as all other DPS students.  Below is a download of the arts endorsed requirements.  All arts endorsed requirements must be turned into Miss Odom by April 28th.  After this date, the graduation programs go to print and the diplomas go to print.

Arts Endorsed Requirements 2017

Photo of senior at ceremony
At the ceremony you will walk across the stage and receive your diploma from an adult.  At that moment, a picture will be taken of you. A few weeks after graduation, all graduates will receive a proof in the mail with instructions of how to purchase a picture.  Questions about this photo can go to Grad Images.  Their phone number is 800-628-4509.

Cords and Sashes
DSA seniors have the chance to wear 6 cords or sashes during the ceremony:

black/white cord – arts endorsed
blue/gold cord – thespian
green cord – student council
pink cord – Tri M
white sash – 7 year senior
gold sash – National Honor Society

These cords/sashes will be handed out to the seniors on the same day they receive their cap and gown during the first rehearsal in the Schomp Theatre.  List of qualifying seniors will be placed on the this website during the spring so seniors can check to make sure they are on the correct list.  Seniors do not need to pay for the arts endorsed cords or 7 year senior sash.  The other 5 cords will be paid for by dues paid to that particular club/organization.

We ask that no other sashes/cords/decoration be worn by the students during the graduation ceremony.  Students, of course, may wear whatever additional decor they wish in family or professional photos taken before or after the ceremony.

Graduation Rehearsal – May 23
There will be 2 graduation rehearsals in May.  Both are mandatory.  The first will be held on May 23rd.  This rehearsal will begin at 10:00 am in the Schomp Theatre.  At this rehearsal all seniors will receive their seating assignments and we will run through the entire program.  Seniors will receive their cap/gown/tassels/stoles/tickets at the conclusion of this rehearsal.  The rehearsal will last no more than 2 hours.

Graduation Rehearsal – May 24
There will be 2 graduation rehearsals in May.  Both are mandatory.  Rehearsal #2 will be held at the graduation site, the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, on May 24th at 10:00 am.  All seniors will be bused to the site.  Please look below for info on transportation that morning.  It will last about an hour.

Senior Final Exams
Seniors will take their final exams for periods 1,3,5,7 on May 18.  Seniors will take their final exams for periods 2,4,6,8 on May 19.  May 19th is the last day of school for seniors.

Is there a senior checkout?
No.   When you come in for rehearsal on the 23rd, we will be ready for you.  Make sure you have completed the May 5th requirements.  If you have not completed one of these steps – you will not receive your graduation materials on the 23rd.

Parking for the graduation ceremony
Denver Public Schools is not afforded any “special” parking when using the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA).  You may use light rail or park in the DCPA parking structure.

Transporting to graduation rehearsal #2 on May 24
Our 2nd graduation rehearsal will happen the same day as graduation – May 24th.  It will happen at our graduation site, the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  Since parking is difficult, it is HIGHLY suggested that all seniors meet at DSA at 9:15 am.  We will ride together to the DCPA and be dropped off at the back door of the Ellie Caulkins.  Ms. Odom will meet you there.   The bus will also return all seniors to DSA directly after the rehearsal.  Please note:  if you choose to drive yourself, the main doors to the Ellie Caulkins will be locked.  You will have to find the way in on your own.  Hint Hint.  Ride the bus.  Stick together.

Wow!!! That’s a lot to remember!!  A reminder that you may always email Miranda Odom at if you need clarification.