•  Senior Boards: On May 23 & 24, school will be dismissed early so that seniors may present their projects and papers before a panel of judges.
    Baccalaureate: Service will be held on May 31 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bethel Church (4245 Visa Point Drive, Medford). This is a student-led workship with Pastor Xavier Brasseur delivering the keynote address. Reception to follow. This is not a required school activity. Those that want to attend, please RSVP to Please include name of graduate, number of attendees, high school and a baby picture and senior picture (digitally) for the slideshow honoring our graduates.

    Graduation Practice: Students participating in graduation must attend the graduation practice. This practice will be held at 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at Spiegelberg Stadium.

    Outstanding Fines and Fees: In order to receive tickets for the graduation ceremony or a diploma at the ceremony, all fines are to be paid by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30. A letter with more information regarding your student’s account is enclosed.

    Graduation Tickets: Admission to graduation will be by ticket only. Tickets will be distributed to seniors at the end of graduation practice. Each graduating senior will receive at least eight (8) tickets to the ceremony. Silver cardholders will receive nine (9) tickets and Gold cardholders will receive ten (10) tickets. Students will receive one additional ticket if they attend Senior Day on Wednesday, May 29 and another ticket for participating in the Graduation Walk on Friday, May 31. Any excess tickets will be distributed to students at the end of graduation practice on Friday, May 31. Latecomers to the graduation ceremony on June 1 may not be admitted after 7:00 p.m., even with a ticket, so as not to disrupt the ceremony.

    Cap and Gown Orders: All seniors walking in graduation must wear the traditional cap and gown. Some seniors have not turned in their order for a cap and gown. It is not too late to do so. Please contact the Jostens representative, Brian Coushay at 503-255-7120 or email him at You can also order online at To request financial assistance for a cap and gown, please contact our Senior Class Advisors, Joann Schaeffer at 541-842-1479 or Hector Santiago at 541-842-1435.

    Graduation Ceremony: The graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 1, at 7:00 p.m. at Spiegelberg Stadium. Graduates are to assemble in the Central Medford High School main gym at 6:15 p.m. The doors to the stadium will open for seating at 5:45 p.m. and in keeping with South High policy, gates will be closed promptly at 7:00 p.m. South Medford High School would like to end the year in great fashion, this will include a first-class and formal graduation ceremony. All participants will be expected to act in a mature manner. Any disruptive or immature behavior will result in removal of the student from the ceremony and arrangements will need to be made to pick up the diploma at a later date. 

    Seat Saving: During previous graduation ceremonies, people who came early and saved seats for later members of their party caused problems for the audience. Consequently, South High does not permit seat saving. Ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis, and all ticket holders will be assured a seat. In addition, staff ushers will assist groups in finding appropriate seating. We appreciate your cooperation in providing fair accommodations to all patrons.

    Designated Seating: South High will have designated seating for individuals who are handicapped or wheelchair bound. If a member of your family is in need of handicapped seating, please register your needs at or call South High School’s Activities Director, Kalin Cross at 541-842-5357, so that we can reserve a space for that person and a companion.

    Wearing of Cap and Gown: The cap and gown worn on graduation day is a tradition that dates back 700 years to the first organized institutions of learning. The cap should be worn so that the mortar board is level and not tilted to either side or placed to the back of the head. The point of the cap should be approximately one inch above the eyebrows. The front of the cap is indicated on the inside of the crown. The gowns should be carefully pressed with a cool/warm iron and placed on a hanger until worn. Flowers, jewelry, or another adornment should not be worn on the gown. The tassel is worn on the right side of the mortar board. After your student receives his/her diploma, the class will switch the tassel from the right to the left side at the direction of the Principal to indicate that the diploma has been awarded. Students in the top 5% will wear a gold tassel to designate their special academic standing. Students who have met minimum proficiencies on all state tests in math, science, reading, and writing, as well as completing all work samples wear purple tassels. Students who have completed an Area of Concentration within a Pathway wear a green cord. Students who have achieved an academic 3.5 or higher accumulative grade point average during high school will also wear gold satin stoles. South Medford High School provides the stoles for use by honored students during the ceremony. Stoles must be turned in at the tables in the gym immediately upon completion of the ceremony. Therefore, please take photographs of your honored student prior to the ceremony.

    Dress Code: Students participating in the graduation ceremony must strictly adhere to a professional dress code: collared shirts, ties, skirts and dresses of appropriate length, and dress shoes. Jeans, t-shirts, shorts, athletic clothing, tanks, strapless tops/dresses, tennis shoes, casual sandals or flip-flops are not appropriate and students will be asked to change. Due to walking surfaces, dress shoes should have a wedge or flat bottom. Any student who has questions about what is appropriate or has financial difficulty in meeting these requirements should contact Kalin Cross, Activities Director at 541-842-5357.

    Scholarships: As part of our graduation program, we wish to honor all seniors being awarded college scholarships. If your senior receives a scholarship, please inform our Scholarship Advisor, Mrs. Kondziela, no later than May 15th. Mrs. Kondziela can be contacted by e-mail at or at 541-842-1408.