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.

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.

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. 

Formal, In-person Graduation Ceremony

Darling Stadium - 4111 Victoria Blvd, Hampton, VA 23669
(Rain or Shine)


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

*In the event of severe weather, such as thunder and lightning, an alternate date and time will be used for the ceremony. Please see each school's graduation page for specific information. 



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


(Per the Governor’s Orders regarding graduation ceremonies, the total number of persons for outdoor venues cannot exceed the lesser of 30 percent of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy, if applicable, or 5,000 persons. Darling Stadium’s occupancy load is 8,000 so 2,400 individuals is the maximum number allowed in Darling Stadium.)

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

To ensure HCS is adhering to the Governor’s Orders, ticket allotment will be determined based on the number of graduates in the graduating class. However, each student will receive at least four (4) tickets for family and friends. Additional information regarding graduation ticket numbers will be communicated to families from their graduate’s high school.

All graduates and guests must wear a face covering at all times.

Family members may sit together but must maintain 10 feet of physical distance from other guests.

All graduates and guests are required to self-administer a Health Assessment Questionnaire BEFORE arriving at Darling Stadium. 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.

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