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January 25, 2023

CHS Class of 2023 – Commencement Planning Guide

Congratulations Seniors and Parents! Your hard work and determination have brought you here. Listed below you will find important information about the commencement process.


SENIOR PHOTOS:  The deadline for submitting senior photos is Friday, February 17.  Email your photo to

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Announcements will be distributed on Friday, March 3 from 10:40 am – 12:50 pm in the Commons.  If you have questions or concerns regarding your order, you may call the Jostens office at 1-800-863-0961 Ext. 0 or go to

SENIOR CLASS PHOTO:  Wednesday, April at 10:00 am in the gymnasium.

SENIOR MEETING (mandatory):  Friday, April 7 during Advisory in the Auditorium.

SENIOR SERVICE DAY:  Friday, May 5 is a day for the seniors of Centennial High School to give back to their community.  This event is facilitated by Student Council.

CAPS AND GOWNS: Jostens will distribute caps and gowns in the Commons on Monday, May 8 from 10:40 am – 12:50 pm.

CREDIT RECOVERY WORK:  Must be completed by May 19 at 4:00 pm.

SENIORS’ LAST DAY:  Tuesday, May 23:  All academic work must be completed and turned in prior to this date to allow time for the teachers to evaluate work and assign grades.  All fines and fees must also be paid.

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT NIGHT:  Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00pm in the Main Gym.

SENIOR BREAKFAST AND SLIDESHOW:  Thursday, June 1 at 8:15 a.m. in the Café Jag. 

COMMENCEMENT PRACTICE (mandatory): Thursday, June 1 at 9:00 a.m. in the Main Gym.   

COMMENCEMENT: Saturday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.  There is seating for approximately 14,000 people, so we will not issue tickets for commencement.  Graduates are to arrive at Hilton Coliseum by 9:00 a.m.

Please note: All fees and fines must be paid, or a payment plan must be in place, in order to participate in Commencement. Families have received a statement from the district office if there is a balance due.