8th Grade Commencement

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2020 Commencement Dates:

TBA – 5:30-7:30 pm Commencement Dance (Meadows cafeteria)

TBA – 8:45 am Student Awards (Meadows cafeteria)

Monday, May 18th, 2020 – 7:30 pm Commencement Ceremony (Madison Performing Arts Center)

TBA  – Water Park during school


In an effort to make the 8th Grade commencement information easy to follow, please use t2014-Commencement1-300x200his summary section as a checklist for the critical items required.

The website will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

If you are interested in helping, please email the commencement chair, Leeann Spangler or Carrie Lifshitz

  • STUDENT’S COMMENCEMENT FEE  Please click here for Commencement fee payment site or send in a check payable to PTM (cash will not be accepted). If paying with check, please print and complete the payment form located in the 2019 Commencement Packet.

Commencement Fee of $55.00 includes the following ~

  • Commencement Ceremony
  • Awards program
  • Commencement Tickets (up to 4 tickets)
  • Commencement T-Shirt featuring this year’s theme ‘Aloha Meadows’
  • 8th Grade Photo Compilation
  • Commencement Dance including DJ, food, security, decorations
  • STUDENT’S ACTIVITY FEE (click here to be directed to the activity payment site; forward tax credit payment confirmation to Maria Rowell at mrowell@madisoned.org)

Activity fee of $50.00 paid to the District includes the following ~

  • 8th Grade Water Park field trip to AZ Grand Resort including transportation, lunch, traveling snacks/water and sunscreen
  • Demonstrations, special guest visits, assemblies and grade level events throughout the year

Student participation in all commencement activities, including water park, is dependent upon his or her compliance with school’s academic and behavior policies.

There will no NO REFUNDS, even if your child does not commence based on academic or behavioral issues with the rest of the class or is unable to participate for any reason.

*  Please note that the 8th grade AZ Grand Resort  field trip (includes lunch, transportation, traveling snacks/water and sunscreen)  is paid for through your Arizona Tax Credit Activity fee of $50 for this school year, which is separate from the Commencement fee both fees need to be paid.  The tax credit fee needs to be paid in order for your student to participate in the Water Park Day.

Important Dates to Remember


Friday, March 29th – PICTURES FOR THE 8TH GRADE SLIDESHOW DUE – emailed to Mr. Lins or dropped off in front office

Thursday, April 4thPICTURES – Class group photo (1st period) – Please see dress code notes.

Friday, May 17thMANDATORY REHEARSAL AT MEADOWS; 8:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Friday, May 17th – COMMENCEMENT DANCE IN MEADOWS CAFETERIA 5:30pm – 7:30pm No outside guests are allowed at the dance. PICK-UP FROM COMMENCEMENT DANCE Students must be picked up IN FRONT of the Meadows Cafeteria promptly at 7:30 pm.  Students cannot leave early unless parent is present at door.          

Monday, May 20th – STUDENT AWARDS – In cafeteria 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM                                                                                                            Parents are welcome and must sign in at the front office.

Monday, May 20th – MANDATORY REHEARSAL AT MEADOWS (after awards ceremony) 10:00am

Monday, May 20th – COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY at Madison Performing Arts Center 7:30 pm 

                                          STUDENT DROP OFF AT MADISON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 6:45 at the BackStage Entrance on the South Side of The Madison

                                            (5525 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016)                                                                                                                                      
No drinks or food allowed – water bottles only
Teachers will lead students to Performing Arts Center 15 minutes before ceremony (6:45) and back to gym after ceremony.

Tuesday, May 21st – 8TH GRADE WATER PARK PARTY at the AZ Grand Resort
9:OOam – 2:30 pm

  • Students will be transported by Madison school buses.
  • Students MUST wear their Commencement T-Shirts.
  • Students may bring additional money for snacks, if desired.
  • Appropriate swimsuits, cover-ups (t-shirt) and SUNSCREEN are required.
  • The field trip will be chaperoned by the 8th Grade teachers

Wednesday, May 22nd – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – EARLY RELEASE AT 12:05PM  

Certificate of Promotion will be handed out at school.

Commencement Pictures

Panoramic Class Picture:

During first period on Thursday, April 4, 2019, ALL 8th grade students will have the 8th Grade Class Group Panoramic Photo.  This panoramic picture will be available for purchase separately through the photography company, Dorian.  We will not take individual pictures at this time.

Dress Code:

In keeping with Meadows tradition, students are required to dress nicely for these pictures.

Boys must wear a shirt & tie with slacks.

Girls must wear a dress or a skirt and blouse. No strapless dresses, spaghetti straps, or halter dresses will be allowed, unless a sweater or jacket is worn at all times.

Meadows dress code will be enforced on picture day!

Students will not be allowed to change clothes during class time. They may change during lunch or wear their picture clothes for the entire day. 

Commencement Day Pictures:

In addition to the panoramic photo, Dorian will be on hand at the Commencement Ceremony and will take pictures of each student as they descend the stageOrder forms will be provided to you prior to picture day and will be turned in on commencement night.  Orders may be placed after Commencement, however, they may be subject to late fees depending on how long after the ceremony orders are placed.

Ordering Pictures:

Order forms will be sent home with 8th graders. Payment for these pictures will be handled directly through Dorian Studio Pictures (http://www.dorianstudio.com/). 

Commencement Slideshow:

Each year, the digital design teacher, Mr. Lins, creates a wonderful slideshow with pictures submitted by parents and students. It is shown at the Commencement Dance and families and students will have access to it online.  Pictures for the slideshow are due by March 29, 2019. 

    • Please submit pictures of 8th Graders at any age.  These could be from elementary school or their time at Meadows.  Group shots are preferred over individual shots.
  • If you are unable to submit electronic pictures you may submit pictures to the office, Attn:  Mr Lins. If you would like them returned please include student’s name and first period teacher.

Commencement Ceremony Ticket Information

Due to limited seating capacity you must have a ticket to be seated. If you do not need tickets, please leave them for other families.

    • There will be NO Reserved Seating.
    • A limited number of seats for handicapped guests will be available.
  • You may receive up to 4 tickets. All additional tickets will be handled at the box office.

Ceremony Parking

The NEW Parking garage will be available for parking.

Commencement Ceremony Etiquette

Students and guests are asked to maintain appropriate etiquette while attending the Madison Meadows Commencement Ceremony.  We believe proper etiquette and behavior reflects dignity and respect and allows everyone to enjoy this important occasion.

  1. No food or drinks will be allowed.
  2. EVERY student should be able to hear his or her name called. Names are called quickly; therefore, family, friends and students should refrain from clapping and shouting.
  3. Students and guests should avoid all unnecessary conversation and movement during the ceremony.
  4. Noise devices are not allowed.
  5. All hand-held electronics or cell phones should be turned off or set to their silent operating modes to help ensure all guests can hear the ceremony.
  6. Please remain in your seats for the duration of the ceremony. Please do not block the aisles by attempting to greet or take photos with students.

*Note: The points listed above are meant to ensure that our students and guests have the most enjoyable day possible.

Commencement Ceremony and Dance Clothing Guidelines

Students and parents are asked to observe certain basic considerations when selecting the clothing outfits for the Commencement Ceremony and the Commencement Dance.  We believe appropriate attire promotes the kind of dignity and respect that this type of ceremony and occasion deserves.



  1. Simple, attractive dresses should be selected. Please No long formals or mini-skirts.
  2. No low-cut/revealing or backless dresses. Bra straps must NOT be visible. 
  3. No high slits, sheer, lace or revealing fabrics.
  4. Modesty should be an important consideration.

Students not wanting to wear a dress must get dress code approval prior to the 8th grade pictures, dance and/or commencement.


  1. Dress shoes are required and shoes must have a strap on the back for safety. No sneakers or similar style shoes are allowed.
  2. Students are encouraged to wear lower heels.
  3. Absolutely no Flip-Flops!


  1. Make-up should be in good taste and not in excess for eighth grade girls.
  2. Girls may not carry purses during the ceremony.
  3. Gloves should not be worn during the ceremony (or for school pictures).
  4. No facial jewelry will be allowed.
  5. Do not bring any hand-held electronics or CELL PHONES to the Ceremony.  If a student has any electronic device including a cell phone on them, they will be asked to leave to go put it in a vehicle or with a guest at the ceremony.  ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • If you have any questionable attire, please get the outfit pre approved by Ms Bradshaw!


Shirt & Tie with Slacks:

  1. Dress shirts should be long sleeved.  No obnoxious colors or prints. No polo-style shirts.
  2. Shirts must be tucked into slacks.
  3. A TIE MUST BE WORN for the ceremony – not required for the dance.
  4. Dress slacks are required.  No jeans, sweats, cargo pants and no sagging slacks. 


  1. Dress shoes are required. No sneakers or similar style shoes are allowed.
  2. Vans are acceptable if new or clean.
  3. Absolutely no Flip-Flops!


  1. No facial jewelry will be allowed.
  2. Do not bring any hand-held electronics or CELL PHONES to the Ceremony. If a student has any electronic device including a cell phone on them, they will be asked to leave to go put it in a vehicle or with a guest at the ceremony.  ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS!
    • If you have any questionable attire, please get the outfit pre approved by Ms Bradshaw