Celebrating Our Graduates!

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The end of each school year is traditionally marked by the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” mortarboards and flowing robes, and speeches about never forgetting the past while pressing into the future. This year is no different.  And as our students leave us to begin their journeys beyond the high school walls, we leave them with these words from Anatole France: “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only dream, but also believe.”




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Hindsight may be 20/20. But for the Class of 2020, there’s no looking back — not when a bright future is coming into sharper focus by the day.

This summer, a group of high school seniors who don’t remember a time before Google or smart phones, who lived through the Great Recession and witnessed the election of our first African American President, will receive their diplomas and embrace adulthood.

Whatever’s in store for this generation of scholars, dreamers, inventors, athletes and artists, here’s betting it will be groundbreaking. So, circle your calendars and join us in celebrating the achievements of our exceptional graduates.

Canyons District’s five traditional high schools will perform commencement rites on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Ceremonies for special programs and schools will be held on separate dates (see below). 

  • Alta High School — May 28, 10 a.m., University of Utah Huntsman Center
  • Brighton High School — May 28, 2 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Corner Canyon High — May 28, 2 p.m., University of Utah Huntsman Center
  • Hillcrest High School — May 28, 9:30 a.m., Maverik Center
  • Jordan High School — May 28, 6:30 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Diamond Ridge High School — May 27, 7 p.m., Midvale Middle School
  • South Park Academy — June 10, 8 a.m., Timpanogos Correctional Facility 
  • Entrada — June 30, 7 p.m., Jordan High School
  • Canyons Transitions Academy — May 26, noon, Canyons Center, Canyons District Office
  • Jordan Valley School — May 22, 11 a.m., Jordan Valley Cafeteria
Calling all bilingual 11th and 12th grade students: If you’re fluent in two or more languages, you can apply to have an official Seal of Biliteracy added to your high school transcripts.  

The Seal of Biliteracy is placed on a high school graduate's transcript by the state of Utah to certify for employers and universities that the student has demonstrated proficiency in English and at least one world language. It is evidence of a student's readiness for a career, college and for engagement as a global citizen. 

Last year, 102 Canyons District graduates received Seals of Biliteracy on their diplomas. Currently enrolled high school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for the seal starting Monday, Dec. 2. The application window closes on Jan. 24, 2020.  

New this year: Students can complete the application online from the comfort of their homes at https://sealofbiliteracy.canyonsdistrict.org/. As part of the application process, students may be required to take a language proficiency exam at their high school sometime between March 3-14. Individual schools will determine the date, time and location of testing. Students may also demonstrate their proficiency by achieving a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement exam in their world language.

There are no fees associated with the first application. But if a student chooses to demonstrate fluency in more than one world language, a $20 testing fee may apply.


Additional guidelines and information about the requirements can be found on the Utah State Board of Education’s website.

This summer, hundreds of high school seniors will don robes and mortar boards in preparation to receive their diplomas and participate in a rite of passage that has come to symbolize the transition to adulthood.

Canyons District’s graduation ceremonies are a family affair, a time for celebrating academic achievement and spotlighting our exceptional students—so mark your calendars now.

The District’s five traditional high schools will perform commencement rites on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Ceremonies for special programs and schools will be held on separate dates (see below), with exception to Jordan Valley, which won’t be hosting a completion ceremony this year, because none of its students are aging out of the school.

  • Alta High School — June 5, 10 a.m., Utah Community Credit Union Center at Utah Valley University
  • Brighton High School — June 5, 2 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Corner Canyon High — June 5, 2 p.m., Utah Community Credit Union Center at Utah Valley University
  • Hillcrest High School — June 5, 10 a.m., Maverik Center
  • Jordan High School — June 5, 6 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Diamond Ridge — June 4, 7 p.m., Midvale Middle
  • South Park Academy — June 6, 8 a.m., Timpanogos Correctional Facility 
  • Entrada — June 26, 7 pm., Corner Canyon High
  • Canyons Transitions Academy — June 3, noon, Mt. Jordan Middle
High school graduation is a rite of passage, a time for celebrating academic achievement, and an opportunity to spotlight our exceptional students and faculty. It’s one of those can’t-miss events, so mark your calendars now!

The District’s five traditional high schools will all perform commencement rites on Tuesday, June 5.

Ceremonies for special programs and schools are held on separate dates in May and June. Following are the dates, locations and times:

  • Alta High School — June 5, 10 a.m., Huntsman Center at University of Utah
  • Brighton High School — June 5, 2 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Corner Canyon High — June 5, 2 p.m., Huntsman Center at University of Utah
  • Hillcrest High School — June 5, 10 a.m., Maverik Center
  • Jordan High School — June 5, 6 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Diamond Ridge — June 6, 7 p.m., Mt. Jordan Middle
  • South Park School — May 31, 8 a.m. at Utah State Prison 
  • Entrada — June 26, 7 p.m., Jordan High School
  • Jordan Valley School — June 1, 11 a.m., Jordan Valley School
  • Canyons Transitions Academy — June 6, noon, Professional Development Center in CSD’s East Administration Building
Due to unseasonably high temperatures, Jordan High School's Tuesday, June 6 commencement ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Maverik Center (3200 Decker Lake Dr., West Valley City, UT 84119).

Previously, the event was scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. at the Beetdigger's outdoor stadium. But evening temperatures are forecast to approach the nineties, and temperatures on the football field are even higher.

We recognize this is a departure from tradition, and we thank students for being so understanding. After all, we want families to comfortably and safely enjoy this can't-miss event.  
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