ED SMITH STADIUM
2700 12th Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
Date: June 5th
Time: 8:00 PM
*Graduates may enter at 6:30 PM
*Parents can arrive between
7:00 - 7:55 PM
Tickets and Seating:
Tickets will be given out on Senior Night, May 17th from 5p.m.-8p.m. Only seniors that have purchased a cap/gown or a grad pack will be given tickets. Please bring ID with you when picking up your tickets. Tickets cannot be replaced if lost before graduation; once a graduate signs for his/her tickets, he/she is responsible for said tickets. Please keep your tickets in a safe place once picked up.
Since CDC regulations are strict at the Orioles Stadium, no extra tickets will be released to students. All student tickets will be in pods of four for each graduate’s guest(s). All seating is assigned; if a graduate loses his/her tickets, the Orioles will not replace tickets. Please keep your tickets in a safe place.
If you need special seating (e.g. split families or handicap accommodations), please contact Jay.Lorenz@sarasotacountyschools.net before May 17th.
Caps and Gowns:
To order a cap and gown, go to Herff Jones. Or, if you are using a cap and gown from a past graduate, please purchase the grad pack at here. If you have any questions regarding cap and gown and/or grad pack purchase, please email Joshua.Mocherman@sarasotacountyschools.net.
Failure to buy the appropriate items for graduation will result in the forfeit of graduation tickets.
Friday, June 4th; all graduates must be in the Riverview High School Gym by 8:00a.m. Rehearsal begins promptly at 8:30a.m.
Saturday, June 5th; all graduates must report to the Orioles Stadium no earlier than 6:30p.m. and no later than 7:15 p.m. All young ladies and gentlemen of Riverview should arrive with their gown, cap and tassel.
Parents & Guest:
Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Guests, ages 3 and older, must have a ticket to enter, and we ask they be in their seats before 7:45 p.m. Seating is by ticket only and guests will not be allowed in the stadium without a valid ticket and a mask. If students or families lose the tickets that are assigned to them, they will not be replaced per the Orioles Stadium. Late arrivals will not be allowed in the stadium once the ceremony starts. Please note the Orioles Stadium has COVID regulations in place that all guests are required to follow as well as a strict bag policy. Please click here for more information regarding the current bag policy and parking opportunities.
**CDC guidelines dictate the number of guests allowed in the stadium.**
Doors to the Orioles Stadium will close promptly at 7:55p.m.
1) The doors will remain closed until the end of the ceremony.
2) Allow plenty of time to park and walk. Traffic will be heavy. Locked out is left out. Please do not be late for this very important event.
Please be aware that your graduate could be seated in a different row/seat on graduation day than was originally assigned due to absentees and non-graduates.
The program should last just under two hours. Please make arrangements with your graduate to determine where you will meet after graduation with respect to the entrance of the stadium. Balloons, noise-making devices and umbrellas are not permitted in the stadium as they obstruct the viewing and hearing of the other guests. Outside food and drinks are also not permitted in the stadium. However, water and soda will be sold by the Orioles staff at the concession stand. If available, Riverview yearbooks will also be sold at graduation for $90.00. A check can be made out to Riverview High School.
If severe weather occurs the night of commencement, we will communicate to families via text through Connect Ed with next steps. Graduates will be provided ponchos at their seats if a light rain occurs before or during the ceremony. Make up date for the ceremony will be Sunday, June 6th.
All cell phones must be on silent inside the Orioles Stadium. Graduates cannot have cell phones with them. NO SELFIES WILL BE PERMITTED.
Young men and women of Riverview are required to wear business casual attire. (Such as: a white or light-colored dress shirt with an appropriate necktie, a dress, or a skirt and a blouse). If wearing dress slacks students are also required to wear dark dress slacks, dark dress shoes, and dark socks. Jeans, shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops, and sneakers are not allowed. Shoes with low heels or flats are required (be aware of the steps and stage that you will have to negotiate). Do not bring a purse. You will not be allowed to carry it into Orioles Stadium, and there is no secure place to keep it. Due to current COVID regulations, all graduates will be required to wear a mask at all times during the ceremony.
Note: Failure to meet the dress code outlined above could result in the student being prohibited from participating in the graduation ceremony. Students will be checked for appropriate attire prior to being admitted into the Orioles Stadium.
Videos And Photographs:
Please be considerate of all the graduates and the flow of the ceremony if taking your own photographs, keeping the aisles clear. Graduation pictures can be taken in front of the complex. At the conclusion of the ceremony, please remain seated until all graduates have exited the stadium.
The ceremony will be live streamed via YouTube. More details will be released the week of the ceremony.
All of us at Riverview High School are very proud of this special group of young men and women. We expect great things from them in the future. Let’s make this a special day to remember. If your student does not plan to be at graduation, please advise Michele Fulmer by calling Riverview, 923-1484, Ext. 64241.