2020 Senior Picnic and Grad Night FAQ

Graduation 2020 Student Activities

What is the Senior Picnic?

On Tuesday, June 2, graduating seniors will be bused to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for a day of fun and celebration.  

All graduating students are welcome and encouraged to attend!

While at the Boardwalk, students will have unlimited access to rides and/or can spend the day on the beach and/or play the Boardwalk games. Lunch will be available between 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm and is included in the ticket price.

This event is chaperoned by Gunn teachers with the PTSA providing busing and logistical support.

When does the Senior Picnic start and end?

Students will depart on buses from Gunn immediately following the graduation rehearsal (around 10:00 am) and will return to Gunn at approximately 4:30 pm.

Can students leave the Picnic early?

No.

How are bus seats assigned?

Students will sign-up for buses approximately two weeks prior to the event. More information and the process to sign-up will be shared with all those who’ve signed up closer to the event.

Can students bring guests?

No. This event is for Gunn graduating seniors only.

What happens if it rains on the day of the picnic?

The picnic will happen rain or shine.

What is the Grad Night Party?

Following the graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 3, students are transported to a secret indoor location for a party. There will be food, games, music and other activities for the students so they can celebrate this significant milestone together. All graduating students are welcome and encouraged to attend!

When does the Grad Night Party start and end?

Students will check-in to the Bow Gym immediately following the ceremony (which ends at approximately 7:00 pm). Buses will depart from Gunn around 8:30 pm. Students will be brought back to Gunn between 2:30 am and 3:00 am. Students are expected to arrange their own travel from Gunn to home at that time, as there are no post-party events planned

Prior to checking in at the gym, students are encouraged to change out of their graduation clothes into something suitable for a casual night of socializing, eating, games, dancing, and hanging out. Students should plan to hand off their diploma, grad outfit after changing, yearbook, and any other items they won’t need at the party, to their parents/guardians to take home for them.

Will there be food available at the Party?

Light snacks will be served in the gym prior to departure and heartier fare will be available at the venue throughout the night. Both are included in the ticket price.

Can students leave the Grad Night Party early?

Yes, if arranged in advance and only within the time window of 12:00 pm – 12:30 am.

What is the process to leave early?

There will be an opportunity for students to be picked up from the Grad Night Party venue between 12:00 am – 12:30 am on June 4th. Students will be released only to an individual 18 years and older only and that person must be named at the time of ticket purchase. The ID of the driver will be checked at Grad Night prior to the student being released.

What can students bring to the Grad Night Party?


Cell phones, phone chargers, a sweater/coat, and prescription glasses as needed are permitted. All other items must be checked in with the chaperones and will be returned to the student at the end of the night.

Epi-pens, inhalers, insulin delivery devices, and approved medications are permitted.

Please note, menstrual products will be provided by the school at the venue for those that need them.

Vaping, drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are NOT allowed. Students who appear to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will not be allowed to board the bus and their payment will not be refunded. All alcohol, tobacco, and drugs will be confiscated. If a student is discovered to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at the picnic or the party, their parents/guardians will be called to come to pick them up and their payment will not be refunded.

How are bus seats assigned?

Students will sign-up for buses approximately two weeks prior to the event. More information and the process to sign-up will be shared with all those who’ve signed up closer to the event.

Can students bring guests?

No. This event is for Gunn graduating seniors only.

What is the cost to participate in both the Senior Picnic and the Grad Night Party?

Early Bird Picnic only: $80

Early Bird Grad Night Party only: $165

Early Bird Both Picnic and Grad Night Party: $245

Early Bird pricing ends March 20, 2020

Regular Pricing Picnic only: $90

Regular Pricing Grad Night Party only: $175

Regular Pricing Both Picnic and Grad Night Party: $265

All ticket sales end on April 24, 2020

All tickets are non-refundable once purchased

Are scholarships available for students that need them?

Yes. Full or partial scholarships are available for both events. Scholarship applicants must contact their Gunn Guidance Counselor to apply. No student will be denied participation for financial reasons.

How are tickets purchased?

Tickets can be purchased here

Early Bird pricing is in effect until March 20, 2020

All tickets must be purchased by April 24, 2020

All tickets are non-refundable once purchased