Graduation Information

Graduation Class of 2023

Graduation rehearsal is June 12th at 1:40pm in the ACC Box.  At rehearsal, students will receive their caps and gowns, tickets, ropes and stoles.

The Class of 2023 Graduation ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at Washington-Liberty High School. The ceremony begins at 6:00 PM and graduates must arrive at 5:00 PM. Doors will open to the public at 5:00 PM. The graduation ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours. For those who cannot attend the APS high school graduations in person, live stream links are posted on the APS website. For those attending in person, masks are recommended for health and safety.

Rehearsal – The mandatory rehearsal is held on the afternoon of June 12th at Arlington Career Center. At this time, seniors will receive instructions for the ceremony, caps & gowns, and guest tickets to the ceremony.

Dress for Graduates – Graduation is a special occasion and appropriate dress is expected. Shoes with low heels are safer for ascending the marble steps leading up to the stage and descending the narrow wooden staircase coming off center stage.  DO NOT WEAR FLIP-FLOPS.

Guest Tickets – For an in-person graduation ceremony, each graduate will receive a limited number (4) of Guest Tickets, to be distributed with the Caps & Gowns at graduation rehearsal.  If you need extra tickets, we recommend asking your classmates for any tickets that they will not use. Lost tickets are not replaceable.

Seniors who do not need all of their tickets are asked to return extras to Mr. DeRocco after they receive their cap & gown package, so the tickets can be shared with other families.

Formal Graduation Pictures are taken by Lifetouch during the commencement ceremony and may be purchased online at (There will be a QR Code in your cap & gown packet to place your order as well.) In addition, seniors will receive a postcard in the mail about 2-3 weeks after graduation with an access code to purchase photographs. All the information needed will be on the proof. You do not need the Photo ID to find your picture.

Stoles & Ropes – Students will receive stoles and ropes that students wear with their graduation gowns will be handed out at the same time as caps and gowns on Monday, June 12th.

NOVA Graduation – Students receiving Associate’s degrees will receive an invitation from NOVA to attend their graduation ceremony on May 15th, 2023 on the NOVA campus (