Class of 2016

Countdown to Commencement

Caps, Gowns & Announcements  Ceremony and Dress Code
Rehearsal Live/Post TV Coverage
Tickets Professional Photography
Parking and Directions Graduation DVD
Handicapped Seating Diplomas

.: General Information

Date: Thursday, June 9th
Time: 9:30am
Location: Dallas Convention Center
650 South Griffin Street, Dallas, Texas 75202

.: Parent Packet 2016

View Parent Packet

.: Cap, Gown & Announcements

Jostens is the 2016 supplier of announcements and caps and gowns. Packets for cap and gowns, and other graduation gear were distributed in the fall.

If you have not yet ordered your cap, gown and/or announcements, please visit Jostens’ website at

Jostens (Texas Grad Shop) is located at 8 Prestige Circle, Suite 116, Allen, TX 75002. For additional  information, store hours and assistance, please call Jostens: 214-383-9502.

.: Rehearsal

Rehearsal will be May 31 at 1:15pm in the gym. Rehearsal is mandatory for all seniors who plan to participate in the graduation ceremony. 

.: Tickets for Family and Guests

Tickets will be required for guest admittance into the Convention Center. All guest will need a ticket, regardless of age. Students will be issued a ticket booklet at their schools. The number of admission tickets issued is based upon the number of graduates to be accommodated at the facility. Seating will be general admission. An area for handicap seating will be located on the Arena floor. Each person with a disability may be accompanied by one companion (both must have tickets). Sign language interpreters will be available in section #24C for guest with hearing impairments. The tickets are for family and friends, the graduate will not need one of these tickets. The graduate will receive a “green seating/participation card”; this will be their pass into the convention center. Plano Senior High School students will receive 5 tickets.

.:Parking and Directions

General Parking

Two parking garages are located beneath the main level of exhibit space at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. These spaces provide easy access to the arena. An outdoor surface lot near lower C lobby offers an additional space. The charge for parking in either area is $15.00 per entry, per vehicle.

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For more information about the Dallas Convention Center Arena go to:

Central Expressway
Take Central Expressway (U.S. 75) southbound. Take exit to I-35/U.S. 77 to Field Street. Turn left under the freeway and veer to the right onto Griffin Street. The Convention Center is straight ahead.

The Dallas North Tollway
Go south on the Dallas North Tollway. Take the Harry Hines/Downtown exit to Field Street to Griffin Street. The Convention Center is straight ahead.

.: Handicapped Seating

Handicapped seating will be on the arena floor behind the graduates. Due to limited special needs space we request that only one other family member/guest sit with the individual requiring handicapped seating. Sign language interpreters will be available in section #24C for guests with hearing impairments.

 .: Ceremony and Dress Code

Seniors must arrive The Dallas Convention Center one hour before the ceremony properly attired in the maroon gown and cap with maroon and white tassel.  The ceremony is estimated to last 2 hours.

Ladies should wear dresses or dress slacks and appropriate shoes.  Gentlemen are to wear dress trousers, long sleeved dress shirts, ties and appropriate shoes and socks.  Lettering and/or decorations are not appropriate on caps or gowns, no shorts or athletic shoes. Graduates may not have personal items in their possession when they line up for the processional (CELL PHONES, CAMERAS, PURSES, ETC).

Students will sign a letter of understanding regarding conduct expectations prior to participating in the graduation ceremony. 

Each graduate MUST present an admission card in order to participate. Graduates will get this card from their counselor when all requirements for graduation are completed.

Dallas Convention Center and Plano ISD Policies
To respect and honor all graduating seniors and their families, please review these policies.

The Dallas Convention Center and the Plano Independent School District may refuse admission (or may expel) patrons for disruptive or disorderly conduct. Noisemakers and air horns are not permitted. Persons found with these items will be escorted from the venue. Other items prohibited at this venue are balloons, silly string/confetti, lighters, matches, laser pointers, weapons, back packs, large purses, bags, food and drinks, tobacco products, large flower arrangements, signs, large banners, tripods and professional cameras.

.: Live/Post TV Coverage

Live Event Coverage on TV & Internet

The TV broadcast will air on WFAA digital channel 8.2, and the webcast will be available at Tune in live the day of the events on the following channels and website. These airings can be recorded.

  • Plano ISD's Time Warner cable channel 99
  • Verizon Fios channel 33
  • Digital webcast address:

Post-Event Broadcasts

Approximately one week following graduation, the ceremonies will be replayed all summer on Plano ISD's Time Warner cable channel 99 and on Verizon FIOS channel 33. Airings can be recorded.

Monday through Saturday schedule (airings may be affected by regularly schedled programming)

  • 4:00 p.m. - Plano Senior
  • 6:00 p.m. - Plano East
  • 8:00 p.m. - Plano West

.: Professional Photographs

Flash Photography will photograph each graduate and will mail proofs at no charge within a few days of the ceremony. Orders can be placed on the Flash Photography website:

.: Diplomas

Actual diplomas will not be given during the graduation ceremony. Diplomas will be available beginning June 13, between 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Graduates must produce a photo identification to receive their certificate. 

If someone other than the graduate will pick up the diploma, a letter of authorization will be required.The letter must include the name olinf the person authorized and the name and signature of the graduate. Photo identification will be required.

The office will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday.
***Call ahead for summer hours for diploma pick-up 469 752 9300.

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