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District 300 Graduation: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

On Saturday, May 20, District 300 will host three high school graduation ceremonies at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL as follows:

  • Dundee-Crown High School at 10am
  • Hampshire High School at 2pm
  • Jacobs High School at 6pm

District 300 has compiled the following list of Frequently Asked Questions for parents and families attending a District 300 graduation ceremony.  Each high school will send additional school specific information in advance of the ceremony.  

When is graduation rehearsal? Is it required graduates attend?

Graduation rehearsals are on each high school’s campus on May 19, the day before the ceremony and is mandatory for participation of the May 20 graduation ceremony.  


Rehearsal Date and Time

Meeting Location


May 19 at 10:20am

Main Gym


May 19 at 9:00 am



May 19 at 8:00 am


When do graduates receive their caps and gowns?

Caps and gowns were distributed to students on the following dates:


Pick-Up Date



May 2-3

Multipurpose room during lunch periods

Hampshire High School

April 24-25

Commons during lunch periods.

Jacobs High School

May 2-3

Commons during lunch periods.

Students are required to wear a cap and gown.  Please call Mrs. Elsner at Herff Jones as soon as possible at 815-756-4743 if you are have not ordered or received your attire.

How do graduates receive their cords, medallions, etc. if applicable?

Additional attire beyond caps and gowns will be distributed at either final club meetings (i.e. National Honor Society, AVID, etc.), at Senior Awards, or at Graduation Rehearsal.

May students decorate their caps?

Yes, students may decorate caps as long as they are appropriate.

What are the guidelines for student attire under the cap and gown?

Students must arrive properly dressed for the commencement ceremony. Appropriate attire under the cap and gown is required. Athletic wear, jeans, shorts, sneakers or “flip-flops” are not permitted.

What behavior policies are in place for graduation?
All District 300 and school policies adhere to the commencement ceremony and will be enforced.  In order to ensure the safety of all attendees and participants, individuals demonstrating disruptive behavior, found in possession (or who are under the influence) of drugs or alcohol, or are using any object that disrupts the graduation ceremony will be subject to immediate ejection from the Sears Centre.

What time should graduates arrive at the Sears Centre for the Graduation Ceremony?

All graduates should arrive at least 60 minutes before the start of their graduation time.

  • Dundee-Crown graduates should arrive before 9:00am
  • Hampshire graduates should arrive before 1:00pm
  • Jacobs graduates should arrive before 5:00pm

Where is the Sears Centre Located?

The Sears Centre is located at 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, 60192

What is the parking process at the Sears Centre?

As attendees enter the Sears Centre parking area, uniformed police officers and attendants will direct traffic.

There are 3,200 on-site parking spots at the Sears Centre Arena. District 300 and the Sears Centre encourage you to arrive early to avoid congestion and tie ups. The lots are accessible off of Prairie Stone Pkwy, Hoffman Blvd, and Pratum Avenue,

Is handicapped seating and parking available?

Yes, the Sears Centre is ADA compliant for accessibility including restrooms, parking, drop off lanes, and service counters. Accessible seating is located on the main concourse level.

Do I need a ticket to attend graduation?

No, tickets are not required to attend graduation. However, seating is based on a first come, first served basis. District 300 recommends arriving early to secure a good seat.  Students are requested to arrive one hour before their ceremony start time.

How long does the graduation ceremony last?

Each graduation ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Will the graduation ceremony be available to watch online?

While graduation will not be streamed live, the graduation ceremony will be recorded and a digital version will be posted on the District 300 website and Facebook page in the days following the commencement ceremony.  Schools will also send a link to senior families via email after the ceremony once finalized.

Will I be able to purchase a copy of the video from the ceremony?

Yes, the graduation ceremony will be professionally recorded. Each school will provide families information about how to purchase a DVD copy of the ceremony.

Can I get up and move closer to the stage to take picture as my child walks across the stage?

While picture taking is encouraged, District 300 asks that all attendees remain in their seats during the graduation ceremony. Attendees will not be permitted on the floor at any time during the commencement ceremony

Will professional pictures be taken of the graduates?

For your convenience, District 300 has made arrangements for a professional photographer to photograph graduates receiving their diplomas. Families will receive a proof in the mail after the ceremony. Families are not obligated to purchase photos and will have the option of ordering several photo packages.

How are programs distributed at the Sears Centre?

Programs will be distributed to families upon arrival.

Where will I meet my graduate after the ceremony?

After the ceremony, parents may meet up with students in the “Parent/Student Meet-Up Area,” located on the west side of the Sears Centre main entrance (please see map for further details) Staff will also be available to help families locate the “Parent/Student Meet-Up Area” location.

Is there a District or school sponsored reception after the ceremony?

No. Historically families hold private parties after graduation.


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