Graduation Information

Ceremony Information

DCTS will be holding the class of 2022 graduation outdoors (weather permitting) on our campus in front of the building. An alternate indoor ceremony will be held at DCTS if inclement weather appears imminent.

DCTS Class of 2022 Graduation Ceremony

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022

Location: Dauphin County Technical School
6001 Locust Lane
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Time: Ceremony Begins at 6:00PM

The Final Week of School

  • June 6 (Monday) – Last CTE day: locker clean-up, laptop collection
  • June 7 (Tuesday) – Last academic day
  • June 8 (Wednesday) Mandatory graduation practice for all seniors in the auditorium at 8:00AM
    • You will receive your cap & gown, any earned Honor Cords and your FOUR tickets
    • You will be able to leave when practice has concluded
    • Anyone who needs to stay to ride a bus home must report to CTE for the day
  • June 9 (Thursday) – Mandatory Graduation practice for all seniors – report to the Auditorium by 8am
    • Students who do not show for practice will not participate in the Graduation ceremony that evening.
    • We will practice where our ceremony is going to be held
    • Students will be able to leave when practice has concluded

Graduation Plan A: Fair-Weather, Outdoor Ceremony

  • ALL seniors arrive at DCTS by 5:15. Report inside the main lobby for pictures, check-in & line up.
  • This will be a full, ‘traditional-style’ Graduation beginning at 6pm on the front lawn.
  • *If the ceremony is outside, the 4 tickets are for the chairs being provided by DCTS. The chairs will be set up on the front lawn of the school. Additional family members may bring their own chairs and set up on the sides of the main seating area. Tents and/or canopies will not be permitted if they obstruct the view of other guests.
  • There will be some handicapped seating on the road – outside of the roped off ceremony area.

Graduation Plan B: Inclement-Weather, Indoor Ceremony

  • The class will be divided into 2 groups. Group A will arrive by 5:15, B will arrive by 6:45
  • Both groups will have a full, traditional ceremony in the Auditorium. Group A @ 6pm and Group B @ 7:30pm. Students will be told their group on Thursday morning, If we use Plan B.
  • **If the ceremony is moved inside the DCTS auditorium due to inclement weather, only the 4 ticket holders will be permitted in the auditorium to watch the ceremony live. All additional family members will be directed to the DCTS gymnasium where televisions will be set up to watch the ceremony via a live feed.

Additional Information:

  • The ceremony will be live-streamed on the DCTS website. The link for this will be posted on the website prior to the ceremony on June 9th.
  • Families are also asked not to bring balloons and air horns that will disrupt either ceremony.
  • Parking will be around the school, including the back lots behind the building. Please do NOT park in front of the school, along Locust Lane.
  • Students who are NOT planning to participate in the Graduation ceremony should inform Mrs. Glotfelter ASAP. You will be given instructions on receiving your diploma, etc.

Ticket Information

Each graduate will be given 4 tickets for guests. The tickets will be for the designated seating area with chairs provided. Additional guests are welcome to stand or bring their own chairs. The additional guests will be permitted to gather outside the designated ticket holder area.

Graduation Schedule

5-5:15 – Student Check-in

5:15-6 – Audience Arrival and Seating

6:00 – Graduation Ceremony


Parking for guests will be available on campus in the East parking lot by the cafeteria or the student parking lot.

Graduation Attire

This is what you need to wear under your DCTS green Graduation gown:


  • Plain, solid-colored black pants NO jeans, NO shorts
  • Plain, solid-white (or light colored) button-up or polo shirt with a collar
  • Solid-colored black dress shoes or dress boots; absolutely NO sneakers, sandals/flip flops, or worn & scuffed boots
  • A professional tie (either regular or bowtie is acceptable) looks very good under your gown and is recommended but not required.


  • A simple, appropriate dress (or shirt/skirt combination) that should be about knee length or shorter than your mid-calf-length
    • Dresses may be any color/pattern since your gown is dark green (avoid maxi/long skirts that will show below your gown)   OR
  • A plain light-colored shirt and solid-colored black pants – NO jeans, NO shorts
  • Solid-colored BLACK, low/flat shoes or sandals. Shoes should be comfortable and appropriate for walking and standing on a ‘grassy field’; absolutely NO flip-flops or
  • You are not permitted to wear heels on the Landis field track or stadium turf field. Remember, the low black flats/sandals are to match your Graduation gown NOT the outfit you are wearing beneath the gown.

Black is the ONLY acceptable color for both pants and shoes on ALL DCTS graduates

Cap Decoration Guidlines

You do NOT have to decorate your cap; however, please take into consideration the following rules if you choose to decorate your graduation cap. Failure to follow these rules will result in the removal of the cap at the ceremony.

Students WILL NOT be allowed to participate in the ceremony without a cap and gown.

What is permitted:

  • Thank you to a relative, teacher, or friend
  • Recognition of the post-secondary institution you will be attending
  • Class of 2022
  • Branch of military you will be joining
  • Your CTE program
  • The logo/name of the company that has hired you
  • A positive, up-lifting message

What is not permitted:

  • Any advertisement, symbols, abbreviations, initials, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that refer to drugs, controlled substances, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons; or is of a sexual nature
  • Symbols affiliated with gangs; or, advocate drug use, violence, illegal activity, or disruptive behavior which is detrimental to the safety and welfare of others
  • Political endorsements; including flags
  • “RIP” or “Rest in Peace” acknowledgements
  • Obscenity, lewdness, vulgarity, or profanity
  • Numbers other than 2021 or ‘21
  • Threats to the safety and welfare of any person
  • Any decorations hanging from the bottom of the mortar board. The tassel is the only thing to be hanging from your (No bows, etc attached to the cap)
  • 3D Your cap must be flat

Graduation caps will be reviewed and approved in advance of the ceremony. If your cap is not approved, you will be given a different cap to wear.

If you are not sure if your cap will be approved, or have other question e-mail Mrs. Glotfelter.