• Class of 2023

    Commencement Ceremony

    Wednesday, May 17, 2023

    6:00 pm

    at State Farm Stadium



    Graduation 2023

    Senior Honors and Awards Ceremony

      May 15th @ 6:00 at the Fine Arts Center

    Senior Final Exams

          Remind your senior that they are participating in some “high stakes” internal and external assessments in May.  They should check with each teacher for final deadlines for special projects or assignments prior to finals week.  Senior final exams will be given the week of May 8th

    Graduation Slideshow

          One of our pre-ceremony events is a slide show displayed as guests arrive for the graduation.  Parents are asked to submit a photograph of their graduate, emailed directly to: [email protected] Please save the file using the student’s last name, first name (i.e. Smith, John).  

    Cap and Gowns and Graduation Announcements

           If you have any questions regarding an order, please contact Matthew “Cheese” Hatten at Jostens at

    (602) 765-7337 or [email protected].  Should a senior not be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony, the cap and gown will be given to a parent after May 19th. Cap and gown refunds will be made for the following reasons only: if the student does not graduate, if the student moves, if the garment is not used and remains in its original package.  Refunds must be requested directly from Jostens.

    Mandatory Senior Meetings



    Senior Sunset – May 11th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm at the CSHS Football Field



    Prom will be on April 29th

    Prom Slideshow: Please send all pics [email protected].  Please label prom in the subject

      Graduation Ceremony



        Open seating will be on a “first come, first served” basis.  Individual parties may not hold seats.  Your senior will be seated in a designated east or west side arena. Individual parties may not hold seats. 

    Parking for Graduation


    Graduation Photographs


     Graduation Diplomas

           Diplomas will be handed out during graduation.

     Participation in Graduation

          All seniors are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony.  If any senior is unable to participate, he/she may request to be excused by writing or contacting Ms. Grimm in the front office.  The ceremony is a dignified ceremony.  Appropriate behavior during the ceremony will be strictly enforced and anyone not displaying exemplary behavior will be asked to leave.  Any senior student trespassing on the Cactus Shadows campus during non-school hours or involved with any destructive or disruptive activities during the second semester may not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.

    Graduation Walk


    CSHS Administrative Team

    Sarah Barela, Principal

    Cyndi Black, Assistant Principal for Student Services & Instruction

    Drew Ammon, Assistant Principal of Operations and Resources/Athletic Director

    Mitchell Gregg, Assistant Principal of Student Activities