CHS Graduation and Senior Events

Class of 2023 & Parents:

Graduation for the Class of 2023 will be on May 23rd at 7 pm at the University of Mary Washington. Please read the information below so all parents and graduates are prepared for this wonderful moment for our seniors!!! At the conclusion of the information for graduation, we have provided specific event dates and times for seniors as we close the school year.


  • All graduates will wear the Caroline customized gown and cap with the red, white, and blue tassel.  Herff-Jones will be at Caroline to deliver these items in mid-March.  Mr. Just will send out immediate communication on the exact pick up dates and times once the items arrive on campus. Males are expected to wear dark dress pants, dress shoes, a collared dress shirt, and a tie.  Females may wear either a dress or dress pants under the robe. Shoes can be heels or flats, just be careful of the height of the heels for your own safety.  See your counselor if there are any concerns about securing the needed items.

  • If you have not yet ordered your cap/gown/tassel, you must go online to to order.


  • Every graduate who walks at graduation will receive 4 tickets.  Graduates can also purchase up to 4 additional tickets starting April 11th.  These are $6 each (cash only) and must be bought from Mrs. Douglas in D01. Tickets will be sold the 11th-17th.

  • All tickets (the 4 original and any purchased) will be given to students on the morning of graduation at practice.  The seating at UMW will be assigned by row and seat number, and these are selected using a computer randomizing program.

  • If additional tickets become available the week of graduation, they will be sold, but the seating will be at already established random sections, not with the rest of the student’s group. No tickets will be sold to anyone except the graduate.

  • Students who have family members who have a physical disability will have to indicate that on a form to be sent out later so tickets for his/her group can be together in an area that accommodates the family member.  Most of this seating is on the floor area behind the graduates.


  • All seniors who plan to participate in the ceremony must practice the morning of graduation (May 23rd). They will report to school at 8 AM and must ride on the school-provided transportation (buses) both to UMW and back to school. Students are not allowed to drive in personal vehicles because of parking restrictions. They should return to CHS by noon. They will need to report to UMW for graduation by 5:30.

Senior Class Events for the Spring 2023:

  • Senior Sunset/Decision Day – May 1st – 6:30 pm – Stadium

  • Senior Walk – May 2nd – 11 am – Start at CHS

  • Senior Awards – May 10th – 6 pm – Blanton Gymnasium

  • Senior Exams
    -May 11th – A1/A3
    -May 12th – B1/B3
    -May 15th – A2/A4
    -May 16th – B2/B4
    -May 17th – Makeup Exams

  • Senior Picnic – May 17th – Noon – CHS Stadium

  • Baccalaureate – May 21st – 4 pm – Auditorium

  • Graduation Practice – May 23rd – 7:45 am – CHS Auditorium

Information and sign up directions for these events will be shared at the end of March for seniors and families.

This is a great time to monitor email because many announcements will be coming out! Please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Just at or Mrs. Douglas at if you have questions or concerns.