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Grad Letter for 2024

Discovery Alternative High School

2150 Fircrest Dr SE

Port Orchard, WA 98366 * 360.443.3680 * FAX 360.443.3704

Mr. Pat Oster, Principal


May 1, 2024


Dear Discovery Graduate:

Graduation is coming up very quickly and there are some important things you need to know.

Graduation will be June 10th at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 7700 Skansie Ave, Gig Harbor 98335.    Graduates need to arrive by 5:00 pm for rehearsal. Doors open for family and guests at 6:00 pm. Graduation starts at 6:30 pm and ends at 8:00 pm. Complete 2024 graduation information can be found at

Prior to Graduation

  • Please verify that the contact information we have in Skyward is accurate.  If not, call 360-443-3680 to make changes. Office hours are M-F 7:30 am-4:00 pm.
  • Order your cap, gown, and tassel at  The deadline to order online is May 10th.  Cap and gown must be royal blue.
  • If you borrowed a cap and gown from Discovery and need a tassel, you can order through the main office by May 17th.  Tassels are $19.00 including tax.  This will save the shipping and handling of $6.49 for 1 tassel.  Discovery covers this cost, so you don’t have to. We accept cash and cards only. Cash must be exact; we are unable to make change.
  • Complete all classes and graduation requirements, including your Xello lessons, by May 31. 
  • Please complete your graduation check list and profile in Graduates 2024 Google Classroom (us6ifvr) by May 31st. If you don’t complete this, you will miss out on vital pieces of the graduation ceremony planning.
  • Return all Discovery items, including book(s), your Chromebook, case, and charger by June 7th or if lost, pay fine. (Or you will not be able to walk in the ceremony).
  • If you have borrowed a cap and gown, you can pick them up anytime, before June 10th.
  • Be sure to keep in touch with your advisor and watch for updates about graduation in the Graduates Google Classroom or on the Discovery website
  • You can pick up your graduation yard sign, once we receive them, from the main office once you have finished your Xello lessons and your Graduation profile.
  • Rehearsals (Both are Mandatory to Attend) will be held at 1:00 pm on June 7 following the BBQ at Discovery and at 5:00 pm (Be on time) at Chapel Hill prior to the ceremony on Monday June 10. Bring your cap, gown, and tassel.  You will not have private storage, so leave valuables at home.
  • You will be onsite for quite a while, so eat something before you arrive.



At Graduation

Doors will open for all family and friends at 6:00 pm. Graduates will already be in a staging area. Please inform your guests you will not be able to see them before the ceremony.

This ceremony is for graduates to celebrate and enjoy with family and friends. Please respect the venue’s expectations of no balloons, glitter, silly string, or confetti.  The ceremony will last 1-1.5 hours.

If you will have more than 10 guests at the ceremony, please notify the main office of the size of your party.  If there is a fussy baby/toddler, please use the Family Room for viewing the ceremony.  

Graduates attending the ceremony participate in a flower recognition presentation.  The school gives graduates two flowers to present to key people who helped them graduate.  This could be a family member, teacher, mentor, or a friend.   


If the graduate walks in the ceremony and bought their cap and gown, their diploma will be in the diploma jacket when it is handed to them.

If they borrowed a cap and gown, they will be able to obtain their diploma when they return the borrowed cap and gown either directly after the ceremony in the foyer or in the main office at the school, if they return it later.  

If you are not attending the graduation ceremony, you can pick up your diploma in the main office after June 10th.

End of Year BBQ

We will be having an end of the year BBQ on June 4 for Monday/Tuesday students and June 7 for Thursday/Friday students. Discovery students only.  Please come on your scheduled day. WST, Distance Learning or Corey’s Independent students can choose which day to attend. If you have finished and are no longer attending, please call the office for BBQ times.  Lots of food and fun and community resources available.  Don’t miss out!!


Non-school sponsored events

  • Prom – Watch for information in the student bulletin.  The bulletin can be found weekly on our webpage.   
  • Senior Parade– The parade is Parent sponsored and not an SKSD event.  The parade is scheduled for June 7.  For times and other information, sign up with the “SK Class of 2024” Facebook group.

We are so glad you choose Discovery High School for your education.  We are looking forward to celebrating your completion with you and your family.  Please remember that you hold a special place in our hearts and will always be a Phoenix.




Pat Oster, Principal

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