Darien High School announces valedictorian and salutatorian; graduation is June 18

Darien salutatorian Aram Russell and valedictorian Ria Dhull were announced May 23 at the school's awards ceremony. .
Darien salutatorian Aram Russell and valedictorian Ria Dhull were announced May 23 at the school's awards ceremony. .

Darien High School's valedictorian, Ria Dhull and Salutatorian, Aram Russell were announced at the Darien High School awards ceremony on May 23, 2019.

Graduation details

Graduation is Tuesday, June 18 at 5 p.m. on the Darien High School Stadium Field, weather permitting.

No tickets are needed if the ceremony is held outdoors, and seating is unlimited (see rain plan information, below). Seniors should arrive by 4 p.m. and report to the South Gym for robing and final preparations. Gates open at 4 p.m. and seats are first-come, first-served. There will be folding chair seats on the field, as well as the entire home side bleachers.

The stage is elevated so all seats on the field and bleachers have good sight lines. Note the temperature on the field is usually hotter than the ambient temperature, and it can be buggy as well. Bring along a cold water bottle as there are usually no concessions at graduation.

Seniors will not be allowed to carry anything with them into the ceremony. Water will be provided to each student at their seat. Walking on the Stadium Field turf in high or spike heels can be dangerous, please choose your footwear with that in mind. Students should refer to the ceremony agreement (included below) for graduation attire guidelines. There is no smoking on school grounds, before or after the ceremony. This includes cigars!

The ceremony will last about one hour and forty-five minutes. A professional photographer will be at the ceremony and will make photos available for sale online a few days after graduation. See: events.lifetouch.com/darienhsdarienct There will be a reception hosted by the Darien High School Parents Association for all graduates, their families and guests immediately following the ceremony.

Inclement weather

If the weather is unsettled, graduation will be held indoors in the Darien High School auditorium, and seating will be by rain ticket only. Any decision to move the ceremony indoors will be made at noon and will be final.

Check the Darien High School website that day for the official notice. Each graduating senior will receive two rain tickets for admission to the DHS Auditorium with their cap and gown the day before graduation (ticket envelope is white with a blue stripe on it).

Lost tickets will not be replaced and seating will be at the discretion of Darien High School administrators. If the ceremony is moved indoors, doors to the Auditorium will open at 4 p.m. and seats are first-come, first-served. Admission to each level of the Auditorium will be limited to the number of seats available on that level (no standing). Because of the size of the graduating class, most of the lower level of the Auditorium will be used to accommodate the class. Once the ceremony begins all attendees in the Auditorium will be requested to remain in their seats for the duration (i.e., no photography by stage).


Regardless of the weather, the graduation ceremony will be simulcast live in the air conditioned Main Gymnasium. Please note this location may not be comfortable for elderly or frail family members as seating is on folding chairs or in the bleachers. On a hot day, this location is ideal for those who are uncomfortable outdoors in the heat. If the ceremony is moved indoors because of inclement weather, this area will be designated as overflow seating, no tickets required. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The ceremony will also be simulcast live through the DHS website (Student Life tab, Video on Demand) and on local Channel 78.

Traffic and Parking

Traffic and parking for graduation will be controlled by the Darien Police Department. All traffic must enter via Noroton Avenue, as High School Lane and Nutmeg Lane will be closed. Parking will be very tight, and you may have to park some distance from the stadium field so please budget extra time. Handicap-accessible parking will be located in the lower parking lot near the stadium field. Let a traffic officer know if you need to park there and you will be directed accordingly.

Smoking is prohibited

Smoking is strictly prohibited on campus. Please refrain from smoking on campus at or after the graduation ceremony. This includes cigars! Any smoking product at or after graduation will be confiscated.