A student needs 26 credits to graduate.

Graduation Essentials


  • Balfour will be on campus Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 1:20 PM for an informational meeting to give out packets and answer any questions graduates may have about purchasing caps & gowns, invitations, etc.
  • Orders will be taken during lunches on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 and Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
  • Orders under $80 must be paid in full when the order is placed. Orders over $80 require an $80 deposit on order day.
  • Orders placed online after the cutoff date may be mailed home instead of going to school to be picked up.
  • All orders will be delivered on campus in April during both lunches.
  • All balances are due by Friday, March 1, 2019. You may pay with cash or a money order on the day of delivery, however, they will NOT accept checks at that time.
  • Orders and payments may be completed online at Balfour.
  • Balfour will buy back any unopened packages of caps & gowns.

Senior Trip, Breakfast, Graduation Practices & Pictures

  • Senior Trip is Wednesday, May 21, 2019 at Main Event in Lewisville. Students must arrive by 8:20 AM. All school records such as cafeteria, textbook, and library records must be cleared for seniors to attend. 
  • Senior Breakfast is Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 9:30 AM in the auxiliary gym. Dress nicely. Jeans and a nice shirt or dressier are acceptable
  • A formal group picture will immediately follow breakfast.
  • Graduation Practice is Thursday, May 23rd at 12:30 PM. Practice is MANDATORY for those participating in the graduation ceremony.
  • Contact your church for any information about Baccalaureate services.

Graduation Dress Code

  • Try on your cap and gown as soon as you receive them to make sure they fit. Then hang up the gown so that the wrinkles will have time to straighten.
  • Boys: wear a dress shirt with a collar and tie underneath the gown. Jeans are NOT permitted.
  • Girls: dresses shorter than the gown look best. Longer dresses or dress pants for girls do not look as good but are permitted.
  • Everyone: no tennis shoes or flip flops. Shoes must be worn at all times while at school for commencement.
  • Graduates may wear the souvenir tassels with the graduation year or an unadorned tassel.
  • You may NOT decorate your caps.

The Ceremony

  • The Graduation Ceremony will be Friday, May 24th at 7:00 PM in the AHS Competition Gym.
  • Graduates must arrive at 5:30 PM for line up and will remain in the practice gym until the ceremony begins. The main gym doors will open at 6:00 PM for public seating. No one may enter before then.
  • Tickets are required to attend the graduation ceremony. Students were sent a survey about tickets through Schoology. Please complete this survey about tickets realistically
  • Other than the Valedictorian and the Salutatorian, graduates who speak during the ceremony will be randomly selected from a list of volunteers.
  • If you want a part in the graduation ceremony, you must sign in the office between April 8 -April 12, 2019. Speaking parts will be chosen at random from those who sign up.
  • A high school graduation is a ceremony, not a party. Although you have accomplished much and deserve to celebrate, the graduation ceremony is not the place to do it. This ceremony is for all graduates. Please do not detract from the importance of the ceremony for all involved and wait to celebrate with your family and friends after graduation.
  • Administration reserves the right to withhold diplomas from graduates who do not follow all rules of the graduation ceremony.

Senior Awards Night

Senior Awards Night is Tuesday, May 14th, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the AHS auditorium.

Refreshments will follow.

Please dress appropriately. No shorts or hats. Girls, please remember that you will be walking up steps and will be onstage and the audience will be looking up at you; therefore, very high heels and/or short skirts/dresses are discouraged.
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