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8th Grade Commencement 2018

Middle School Commencement is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6 in the Najafi Gymnasium at 10:00 am.
A reception will follow in the Alumni Gym.  Parents should park in the Aquatic Center parking lot.

Important Dates

Tuesday, June 5th, 8:00 am

  • Commencement rehearsal at the Najafi Gymnasium – students should be dropped off by 7:50 am.  The girls need to bring the shoes they are wearing for Commencement.
  • Students can meet with their teachers after the rehearsal to go over their exams.  
  • All students should be picked up by 9:30 am. 

Wednesday, June 6th

  • 9:00 am. Students arrive at PCDS and report to the Upper School Café to line up for the
    group photo
  • 10:00 am. Middle School Commencement at the Najafi Gymnasium.  Reception after commencement in the Alumni Gym.


Individual & Family Photos
Lifetouch Photography will be photographing family portraits before and after the commencement ceremony.  All families will receive an invite to sign up to schedule a time for their photo.  Photos will be taken in Dorrance Auditorium.

Commencement Ceremony Video and Group Photo

A complimentary group photo will be sent to all 8th grade students in June. The video of the commencement ceremony, which includes the 8th grade video, will be available on the PCDS website in June.


Commencement Attire


  • white long-sleeved shirts and ties (required)
  • dark slacks
  • dress shoes


  • primarily white or pastel dresses of knee or below the knee length
  • please avoid dresses that are:
    • strapless
    • backless
    • low-cut
    • full-length
    • slit above the knee
    • showing straps


Baby Photos

As part of the 8th Grade video, which will be shown at the commencement reception, we need to collect baby photos of your 8th grader.  The photograph should be of your child between the ages of 1 to 3 years old.  Please scan and send as a jpeg to liz.olson@pcds.org or drop off a labeled photo to the Middle School Office.
We would like to have all the photos before Spring Break.