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Deer Park High School - The Class of 2023 Graduation

Deer Park High School Graduation 2023

May 25, 2023 – 7:30 p.m. - Clyde Abshier Stadium





  • Arrive to the Auxiliary gym with your cap on and gown in hand.
  • Only approved stoles, cords, and medals may be worn.
  • Males must be clean shaven
  • Do not decorate your hat
  • Take a picture of your seating assignment printout so that you have it on your phone


  • Bring your maroon (home or visitor side) or gold (visitor side ONLY) ticket; tickets are NOT available at the gate, and each guest must have a ticket to enter
  • Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
  • There is no reserved seating


Graduates and their families have the opportunity to take photos on the field at Clyde Abshier Stadium from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, May 26.  Students should enter the field via the home side field access ramp located in the southwest corner of the stadium.



Diploma pick-up will take place from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on Monday, June 19, at the DPHS-South Campus front office.  Students or parents must bring a photo ID, and all outstanding student fees must be paid in full



The graduation video will be available for repeat viewing at www.dpisd.org/graduation/ or www.youtube.com/deerparkisd.



Hundreds of photos from the graduation ceremony will be posted on the District's social media accounts in the days following the ceremony.



Class of 2023 Graduation FAQ


Thursday, May 25, 2023

Procession starts at 7 p.m.

Ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m.

Clyde Abshier Stadium

REVISED 05.24.23 11:30 AM


We have prepared the following Frequently Asked Questions to provide details for parents, students, and community members regarding graduation plans. We are working hard to provide a ceremony that honors our seniors and their accomplishments.



Will there be a limit to the number of people in attendance?

Yes, each student will receive ten (10) maroon graduation tickets for guests. Guests must have a ticket to enter the stadium, and each ticket will admit one guest. Children under the age of 3 do not need a ticket.


Will seating be open? Can I sit where I want?

Seating is open.  Maroon tickets can be used to sit on either side of the field. Additional ticket requests will be limited, and requestors will receive gold tickets for use on the visitor side of the field only.


When can seniors pick up their ten tickets?

Graduation tickets will be distributed to each senior during Senior Check out from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., May 23-24. Seniors must have their student ID or driver’s license in order to pick up the tickets.  Wolters students may pick up tickets at the Wolters Campus.


What will the parking situation look like? 

The parking lot at Clyde Abshier Stadium will fill up very quickly. It is beneficial and recommended that family groups carpool together. There will be overflow parking at Bonnette Junior High and Carpenter Elementary. 


What time do the gates open?

The gates to the stadium will open at 6:30 p.m.  The senior procession from the gym to the field will start at 7 p.m. 


Will the ceremony be live streamed?

Yes, live streaming will be available on the District website at www.dpisd.org/graduation/.  We strongly suggest that family members view the live stream from home if they have health conditions.  The video will remain available for viewing for several months.


What time should my senior arrive at graduation?

Seniors must report to the Auxiliary Gym by no later than 6:15 p.m.  Seniors must be in dress code. All students must enter the building from the athletic side by the tennis courts.


What is the dress code for the seniors?

Men should wear a white or light-colored, collared shirt with a tie, slacks, socks, and dress shoes or boots.   All men MUST be clean-shaven. This will be enforced upon arrival at the Auxiliary Gym.


Women should wear any color dress or blouse and slacks and dress shoes. We strongly caution against high heels. The field turf is very soft, and it is easy to lose your footing or trip.  It is also a steep walk down the stadium entrance ramp.  DO NOT BRING A PURSE. Purses are not allowed on the field, and we have no one to supervise them during the ceremony.


We also recommend that students bring bobby pins to help secure their graduation cap because it is typically windy on the field.  Earrings are the only piercing allowed (no facial piercings permitted), and tennis shoes are not allowed.


How long will the graduation ceremony last?

The ceremony usually lasts two hours after the procession ends.


Is smoking allowed?

Clyde Abshier Stadium is a non-smoking facility.


Will there be a concession stand?

Yes, the concession stand will be available for drinks and snacks.


Will handicapped seating be available?

Yes, but handicapped seating is extremely limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Can we reserve seats?

No, seats cannot be saved or reserved.


Can we hang signs or hold up a sign at graduation? What other items are prohibited?

To ensure that every guest is able to enjoy the ceremony, signs are prohibited. Other prohibited items include air horns, noisemakers, live animals, drones, umbrellas, balloons, and coolers.


Once the ceremony is finished, will families be allowed on the field to take photos? 

Yes, once the ceremony is completed, graduates will be dismissed, and families may come down on the field for the opportunity to take photos.


Can special family presentations be made on the field?

Due to the large number of graduates and the desire to have the ceremony focus on student accomplishment, achievement and recognition, we do not allow special presentations on the field. This includes appearances by military family members, special circumstances involving student/family members, and recognition of former students.


What happens if it rains?

Our plan is to hold graduation on May 25.  If the weather is bad that evening, we will postpone the start of the ceremony for up to one hour. If the weather does not improve by 8:30 p.m., we will reschedule the event for the following night (Friday, May 26). Parents will be informed about a postponement via the District’s School Status parent communication system.