Information for the Graduating Class of 2021

Mt. Carmel is planning an in-person commencement event for the evening of June 18 that will require a traditional cap & gown. Under current CDPH guidelines, Mt. Carmel is planning for a 4-person guest maximum for each graduate. School staff are working on a plan to livestream the event for friends and family who cannot attend in person.  More specific information regarding Senior activities and commencement will be forthcoming, please look for messages in the coming weeks.
California Department of Public Health Guidelines
Graduates who have not arranged to borrow a cap & gown set and plan to participate in the in-person ceremny, must do so by Friday April 30, 2021 through Jostens online ordering.  Graduates who would prefer to purchase the cap & gown set, the deadline to order from Jostens is the end of May 2021.
Jostens Borrow Program: If you would like to borrow a cap and gown, please click the link below: Y&ppi=1352336731&cname=- 
Jostens Mt. Carmel page: To place a Jostens Cap & Gown order online click the link below: 
If you would like to order over the phone or need assistance in ordering, please call Jostens Poway Showroom at: (858)-486-2020 
Jostens Poway Showroom 
12455 Poway Rd # E, Poway, CA 92064
If you need assistance on anything related to MCHS graduation, feel free to contact Ms. Jennifer Adelman by email at or by phone 858-484-1180 x3123

Class of 2021 Yard Signs now available through the MCHS PTSA.
Scan the QR code below for more information and to order.


  • 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

(858) 259-1900


  • 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 TBD

  • 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



Information for the Class of 2020







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