Information for the Graduating Class of 2020






Information for the Graduating Class of 2021


  • Senior Family Faire (tentatively scheduled for September 15, 2020)

  • Graduation supplies (cap, gown, tassel, school medallion, graduation announcements, etc.) are subject to late fees. If you have any questions, please call Jostens at 858-486-2020 or go online at

  • Ceremony pictures   

  • Letterman jacket packets and pricing sheets are available in the Athletics office.



These portraits will appear in the the MCHS Yearbook and families can use their selected photos for graduation announcements through Jostens.

NEW - The official Senior Portrait photography studio for the MCHS yearbook is Keane Photography. (The previous vendor has retired).  Portraits done by other photography organizations will not appear in the MCHS 2020-21 Horison Yearbook. Portraits will be available for use on student graduation announcements.

Summer Portrait Sessions:

Appointments available starting the week of June 15, 2020

To make your appointment, go to the Keane Studios MCHS site.  There, you will find a full price guide, clothing suggestions and a link to reserve your time. Pricing includes low cost and free portrait options. 

Keane Studios LLC  (no longer located in Carmel Valley)

Rancho Bernardo Courtyard

16935 W. Bernardo Drive, Suite 150

San Diego, CA 92127



  • The Yearbook vendor for Mt. Carmel is Herff Jones. 

  • Yearbooks for the 2020-21 school year can be ordered online through the Herff Jones Yearbook Order Center beginning July 15 2020. The MCHS school code is 17064.  

  • During the school year, yearbooks can be purchased through the Mt. Carmel Finance Office with cash or checks.  

  • Each year, the quantity of yearbooks that are printed are limited and the price will increases throughout the school year to encourage early ordering.

  • Contact the MCHS Finance office at 858-484-1180 x3131 if you have any questions and for the current price.



  • The Mt. Carmel PTSA organizes “Grad Nite” to ensure a safe and sober graduation celebration for Mt. Carmel graduates.

  • PTSA Grad Nite information and order forms are available on the MCHS PTSA web page

  • The price will increase throughout the school year to encourage early ticket sales.

  • Completed order forms and payments are given to Ms. Hall, the Principal’s Assistant, in the Admin office.

CAPS & GOWNS (and other graduation supplies)

  • Cap & Gown packages for the Mt. Carmel graduation are ordered through Jostens. 

  • Contact Jostens if you have any questions and to place orders. Website: Jostens or phone for the MCHS Jostens representative office in Poway: 858-486-2020.

  • Information packets/order forms are also available in the Admin office.

  • Caps & Gown packages include the tassel as well as the school medallion.

  • Families can opt to borrow caps & gowns at no cost or use sets from previous Mt. Carmel commencement ceremonies provided by an older sibling or friend. Tassels can be purchased from Jostens separately.

  • The ability to order cap & gown packages through Jostens online ends in mid-April of the Senior year. Jostens typically has a discount offer in September and runs for very a limited time in the Fall to encourage early ordering.



Class of 2021 Senior Faire Tentative date 9/15/20

Mt. Carmel hosts an evening “Senior Faire” event in September during which Senior parents and students take care of all paperwork and ordering for the Senior year.  New Senior parents can get some helpful advice on a number of topics as students prepare to transition to life after high school.  Parents and Seniors can see the available products in person and submit orders in person on the same night.  Essentially, it is a “one-stop-shop” for all of the necessary tasks of the school year. This night is scheduled during the discount period to assist families in saving money. Mt. Carmel and Jostens are working on what this might look like in a COVID-19 responsible format.  Mt. Carmel will communicate any Senior Faire plans to parents/guardians as soon as one is developed and ready to publicize.

Features of MCHS Senior Faire:

  • Brief presentation for 1st-time parents of Seniors by MCHS Counseling & Administration (includes tips on the college application process and details that are important to know about the Senior year of high school)

  • Cal Grant information

  • Transcript release forms for college and/or college athletics recruiting

  • MCHS diploma order forms (includes desired spelling of graduates’ names on the diploma)

  • Career & Technical Education (CTE) pathway completion diploma seal information

  • Golden State diploma seal Information (related to CAASPP test scores from the Junior year)

  • California State Seal of Biliteracy for high school diploma; Q&A and paper applications

  •  PTSA Grad Nite reservations and sales (safe and sober graduation celebration)

  • Jostens product displays and ordering (includes jewelry and apparel)

  • MCHS Yearbook sales


  • Admission to the graduation ceremony is by ticket only. Each graduate will receive 14 tickets during the senior picnic in June.

  • If more tickets are required, students can sign up for 4 additional tickets in the Campus Safety office at the end of May (check back for the specific date). Children under the age of 7 do not require at ticket.

  • ALL tickets are complimentary.


  • The graduation ceremony takes place on the last day of school in Sundevil Stadium.

  • The following is a tentative schedule and subject to change:

    • 4:15pm Sundevil Stadium opens for spectator seating 

    • 4:30pm seniors start check-in by the tennis courts

    • 5:45pm processional begins

    • 6:00pm graduation ceremony begins  

    • Times are subject to change, please check back.

  • Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only. Each graduate will receive tickets in June during the senior picnic. ALL tickets are complimentary.

    • Balloons, noisemakers, cow bells, air horns, vuvuzelas, and other such items will NOT be permitted in the venue. These items obstruct the view for others and prevent people in the stands from hearing the program. Guests bringing them in will be asked to discard them or return them to their vehicles until after the ceremony.

    • Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Cars parked in the fire lane, dirt, or lawn areas of the school grounds are subject to towing and/or ticketing.



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