Cap and Gown Celebration

May 14, 2021

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
(Rain or Shine)

Graduates will sign up for a time slot (time slots will be in 15-minute increments) for a drive-through, curbside cap and gown pickup. Specifi­c information to include pre-designated routes will be included in the sign-up form available on the graduation website. 


Please note: graduates will remain in their vehicle and receive their cap and gown (to include other graduation regalia), vehicle signage (e.g., highest honors, honors, 2021 graduate) for the Vehicle Parade, as well as a Class of 2021 yard sign. Materials will be placed in a designated area within the graduate’s vehicle.

All participants must wear a face covering at all times.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Display

May 23-June 23

Each high school’s valedictorian and salutatorian will be honored on the Coliseum’s digital marquee.

Class of 2021 Electronic Billboards

June 13-19

Electronic billboards on Interstate 64 and 664 will display a congratulations message to the Class of 2021.

Decorated Vehicle Parade

This special event provides our graduating seniors and their families a time to gather and celebrate the Class of 2021 and the legacies they have left behind, as well as the journeys they have ahead.

Graduates will sign up to participate in the decorated vehicle parade. The sign-up form will be available on the high school graduation website.


Each graduate will be permitted to have one vehicle in the parade.

Graduates/families may decorate their vehicle in appropriate celebratory decorations. Additional signage (e.g., highest honors, honors, 2021 graduate) will be provided during the cap and gown pickup. We ask that those signs are visible on the dashboard of the vehicle. 

It is important to note that individuals must remain in their vehicle during the entire parade.  

Graduates and families must arrive at the designated location wearing your graduation regalia. The location will be communicated to you in advance of the event. 

Graduation parade routes will be communicated to you in advance of the event.

Graduates’ names will be called as each vehicle proceeds through the line. 

Each graduate will receive a commemorative graduation coin to celebrate and preserve the memories of this significant milestone for the Class of 2021. 


Light Up Hampton

June 17-20

Hampton City Hall, Hampton Convention Center, and the Virginia Air & Space Science Center will be lit up in high school colors.


Formal, In-person Graduation Ceremony

Hampton Coliseum,
1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666

BETHEL June 17, 7:00 pm
June 18, 7:00 pm
PHOEBUS June 19, 9:00 am
June 19, 1:30 pm



View live on Facebook (@HamptonCSchools) and WHCS TV (Cox 46, Verizon Fios 20).


GRADUATION UPDATE: Friday, May 28, 2021, Governor Northam’s Executive Order 79 went into effect. In response to the governor’s order, which lifts restrictions on social distancing and capacity, we are happy to share that our formal in-person graduation ceremonies can commence indoors. As such, Hampton City Schools has made the decision to move our graduation ceremonies from Darling Stadium to the Hampton Coliseum which has previously been our norm. The Hampton Coliseum is working with HCS to ensure that all mitigation protocols are followed so that graduates and their families can celebrate safely and experience a memorable occasion. All graduation ceremonies are scheduled for the same date and time and each student will receive at least ten (10) tickets for family and friends.

During this formal ceremony, each graduate will walk across the stage to receive their diploma. 

Each student will receive at least ten (10) tickets for family and friends. Additional information regarding graduation ticket numbers will be communicated to families from their graduate’s high school.

In accordance with HCS mitigation strategies, all graduates and guests are requested to wear a face covering at all times. Graduates and guests who are not fully vaccinated are expected to wear a face covering  at all times, unless medically unable to do so.

All graduates and guests are required to self-administer a Health Assessment Questionnaire BEFORE arriving at the Hampton Coliseum. Any graduate or guest who does not feel well should remain at home.

Speakers will include: valedictorian, salutatorian, senior class president, executive principal, superintendent, and the school board chair.

All graduations will be streamed live on Facebook (@HamptonCSchools) and WHCS TV (Cox 46, Verizon Fios 20).

For additional information about graduation, including seating, decorum, dress code, and ordering of DVDs and flash drives, visit here or contact the school.

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