Graduation Information

May, 2019

Dear Senior Parent:

Commencement will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center on May 25, 2019.  To accommodate immediate family members of our graduates, all guests will be admitted by ticket only to the commencement ceremony. This will ensure that everyone in attendance will be able to enjoy the ceremony.  For the safety of all guests, bags will be searched.  Each graduate will receive an allotment of 15 tickets. Tickets will be distributed to your student when they pick up their cap and gown. Cap and gown pick up will take place on May 15th beginning at 7:30 a.m. Please advise your senior to regard the tickets as valuable; lost or misplaced tickets will not be recoverable/replaceable.

As a final reminder concerning eligibility for participation in graduation ceremonies:

  • A senior/early graduate placed in the Challenge Program or JJAEP during the sixth grading period will not be eligible to participate in the baccalaureate or graduation ceremonies.

 Graduates will practice at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 24, at the Curtis Culwell Center (please be there by 9:00 a.m.).  Graduates are responsible for their own transportation to practice and need to allow for traffic.  Please do not be late!  Graduates must attend the practice or they will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony the following day.  Dress requirements for graduation are the same as for Baccalaureate.  For graduation practice, students must be in MISD approved standard dress.  All graduates will be required to ride provided chartered, air-conditioned buses from Poteet High School to the graduation ceremony on Saturday.  We feel this will eliminate congestion on the roads and the parking lot.  A graduate must ride the bus in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.  Students will board buses at Poteet HS no later than 10:30 a.m.  Students are free to leave with family or friends after the ceremony. 

We have asked our seniors to carry on many traditions, and they have responded beautifully. We now have an opportunity to build on another tradition, and that is to make the graduation ceremony a dignified and honorable event, filled with memories you and your son/daughter will treasure for a lifetime. All graduates deserve that one moment in time when his/her name is called at graduation.  For many schools, the joy of graduation has been diminished in recent years by a spirit of individual celebration for some students and guests who have acted to disrupt and tarnish the ceremony.  As a result, we would like to make a special request of our senior parents. Please take the time to talk to your graduate and guests about the importance of being a positive contributor to the ceremony.  Your help in this matter will ensure that graduation will be a cherished memory for you, your graduate, and your family.

NOTE:  Please take a moment to refer to the Curtis Culwell Center Graduation Clear Bag Policy and be prepared to comply fully.  These measures are for the protection and safety of all parties concerned.  Graduation tickets for all parties will need to be exchanged prior to entering the facility, as opportunities to exchange tickets while already inside will be extremely limited and may not be allowed at all.

There is no charge for graduates to park at the Curtis Culwell Center on Friday, May 24, for graduation practice.  On May 25, 2019, there will be a charge to park.  Parking fees are subject to change at any time, so please come prepared.  NOTE:  There is an opportunity to pre-pay for parking through the Curtis Culwell Center.  If you are interested, please visit  Traffic is unpredictable, so please plan for ample time to arrive before the ceremony.  Doors generally open one hour before graduation begins.


Taylor Morris, Principal

Dr. Ralph H. Poteet High School

(972) 882-5300

3 de mayo de 2019

A los padres de los estudiantes Senior:

La ceremonia de graduación se hará en el Curtis Culwell Center el MAY 25, 2019.  Los invitados solamente podrán entrar con boleto. Los graduados recibirán la cantidad de 15 TICKETS cada uno. Los boletos se les repartirán a los estudiantes Senior que se van a graduar el AT CAP & GOWN PICK UP ON MAY 15TH AT 7:30 A.M. No se podrán remplazar boletos perdidos o extraviados.

Es obligatorio asistir a la práctica de la ceremonia de graduación. No se les permitirá a los estudiantes que no hayan participado en la práctica que participen en la ceremonia real. Los estudiantes deben vestirse según el código de vestimenta estándar del MISD. La práctica de la ceremonia de graduación empieza a las 9:30 a.m. el viernes 24 de mayo en el Curtis Culwell Center. Los estudiantes deberán llegar a la práctica (9:00 a.m.) 30 minutos antes. Los estudiantes serán responsables de obtener un medio de transporte a la práctica de la ceremonia de graduación.

La escuela proporcionará transporte a la ceremonia de graduación. Todos los graduados deberán tomar el transporte proporcionado por la escuela para poder participar en la ceremonia de graduación el SATURDAY.  Los estudiantes se subirán a los autobuses de renta con aire acondicionado en POTEET a las 10:30.  Después de la ceremonia de graduación, los estudiantes deberán obtener su propio medio de transporte a la casa. Por último, a continuación mencionamos dos recordatorios más acerca de la elegibilidad para graduarse:

  • Los estudiantes que están actualmente en un DAEP o JJAEP no serán elegibles para participar en las actividades de graduación.
  • No se les permitirá participar en la ceremonia de graduación a los estudiantes que no vayan vestidos apropiadamente.

El Curtis Culwell Center

Por la seguridad de todos los invitados se inspeccionarán todas las bolsas. Tomen un momento para leer el reglamento de bolsas transparentes del Curtis Culwell Center y estén listos para cumplir plenamente con estos criterios:

El día de la práctica para la ceremonia de graduación, el estacionamiento será gratis en el Curtis Culwell Center.

El día de la ceremonia de graduación se cobrarán $10 en efectivo en la entrada del estacionamiento.

La ceremonia de graduación es un evento de una vez en la vida – una ocasión digna y honorable. Cada graduado merece ese momento en la vida cuando se les llama por su nombre en la graduación. Por favor tómense el tiempo para hablar con su casi graduado y con los invitados que vengan a apoyarlo sobre la importancia de ser respetuosos y positivos durante la ceremonia.


­­­Taylor Morris, Principal



May Senior Activities

May 6-17 AP Testing

May 8 Senior Directed Plays - PHS Auditorium

May 14 Honors Program - PHS Auditorium (arrive at 6:15 p.m.)

May 15 Cap & Gown Delivery - Small Gym  7:30 a.m.

May 16 Senior Breakfast - PHS Cafeteria 7:30 a.m.

May 17 Senior Meeting - 2nd period                            

Senior Picnic - Double D Ranch noon-4:00

May 19 Baccalaureate - PHS Auditorium (arrive at 1:15 p.m.)

May 22 Junior-Senior Candlelight Program - PHS Auditorium 5 p.m.

May 24 Graduation Practice (MANDATORY)

Curtis Culwell Center - (arrive at 9:00 a.m.)

May 24 Cap & Gown Walks at feeder schools

May 25 GRADUATION!!! - (arrive at PHS by 9:00 a.m.)


Senior Letter 2

Flowers for Graduation

Curtis Culwell Center Flyer

DVD Order Form (English)

DVD Order Form (Spanish)