Graduation Announcement

Posted on 04/14/2021
Dear Class of 2021,
Commencement at Clairemont High School is a very special time for our students, families, friends, faculty, staff, and community. It is an opportunity to celebrate and publicly acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our amazing students displayed over the last four years. This year, Clairemont High is pleased to announce that our commencement ceremony will take place in the heart of America’s Finest City at San Diego’s beautiful Petco Park.
In an effort to ensure all SDUSD High Schools had the opportunity to participate in an in-person graduation, District Leadership contracted with Petco and provided sites with specific dates and times for their graduation ceremony. The ceremony has been scheduled for 8:00 am on Saturday, June 12. There are a number of County and State health and safety guidelines attendees must adhere to which have been outlined below. We ask that all graduates and their families review this information and reach out to Principal Williams ( with any questions.
Ceremony Date/Time: Saturday, June 12, 8:00 am
Check-in of Graduates
  • Graduates will enter at the Park Blvd gate located on Park Blvd and 10th Street
  • All graduates need to arrive 60 minutes (7:00 am) before the start of the ceremony
  • School site staff will be responsible for checking in students, collecting any items not allowed into ceremony, and returning items to students after ceremony
  • School site staff will assist in lining students up to walk into stadium and sit in designated graduate seating
Guest Parking/Arrival
  • In accordance with State and County health/safety guidelines for large outdoor events, each graduate can receive up to 4 guest e-tickets for immediate family members ONLY. E-tickets cannot be used for non-family members. Instructions on how to access e-tickets will be shared by mid-May.
  • Graduate guests will enter at the Home Plate gate located on Park Blvd. in between Imperial Ave and Tony Gwynn Drive
  • Guests will need to adhere to the health/safety guidelines provided by Petco Park which includes limitations on items that can be brought in by guests
  • Petco Park employees will scan e-tickets at the gate for all guests and will assist in escorting guests to the correct seating located on the Field Level
  • Guests may park at any of the nearby parking lots or structures, including: 
    • Tailgate Park (Padres Preferred Lot) - Entrance and exit to this surface lot is on 13th Street at K Street or Imperial Avenue between 12th Ave and 14th Street.
    • Padres Parkade (Padres Preferred Lot) - Entrance to this garage is on 10th Avenue between Island and J Street. Exit from this garage is on 11th Avenue between Island and J Street.
    • Premier Lot (Padres Preferred Lot) - Entrance to this surface lot is on 11th Avenue at Imperial Avenue. Exit is on Park Boulevard.
    • Bayfront Hilton Garage- Entrance to this garage is on Park Blvd at Harbor Dr (near Convention Center). Use the pedestrian bridge to walk to the ballpark.
Graduation Ceremony
Length: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Jumbotron will be used to livestream ceremony event
  • Graduates will enter from 1st base and cross stage to exit at 3rd base.
  • Petco will have employees directing guests and graduates to general seating BUT will not be escorting graduates to stage area on field
    • School site staff will be responsible for supervising graduates when seated and when escorting to stage area
  • Graduates should pick up their diploma off a table after someone has placed it down, to create a contactless environment – diplomas should not be handed and everyone should refrain from handshakes or other close contact
  • At the end of the ceremony, graduates will file out of their seats and be escorted to the Field level concourse to reunite with their guests/families. 
Restrooms and Concessions
  • Restroom facilities will be available for graduates and guests
  • Guests may purchase WATER ONLY from concessions area
Graduate/Guest Departure
  • Immediately following the ceremony, guests will need to vacate the stands in order for them to be cleaned prior to the arrival of the next ceremony’s guests
  • Graduates will exit from the Home Plate Gate area. 
    • Items taken during check-in can be returned to graduates in this departure area.
    • Diploma distribution and cap/gown return will NOT take place at Petco Park. Schools will need to make separate arrangements for graduates to pick up diplomas at return caps/gowns at their individual school sites.
  • Graduates and families will NOT be permitted back inside the stadium to take photos. Pictures may also be taken outside of the entrance gates and surrounding areas.
This occasion marks the passage of your child from high school to the adult community. Let us together make this a proud event for all. On behalf of the faculty and staff of Clairemont High School, we would like to thank you for your support of a successful graduation ceremony.
Principal Williams
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