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Graduation Essentials


  • Balfour will be on campus Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. 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 Wednesday, January 24, 2018 and Thursday, January 25, 2018.
  • Orders under $80 must be paid in full when the order is placed. Orders over $80 require an $80 deposit on order day.
  • All balances are due by Wednesday, March 1, 2018.
  • All orders will be delivered on campus in April during both lunches.
  • Balances must be paid in full by delivery. You may pay with cash or a money order on the day of delivery, however, they will NOT accept checks.
  • Orders and payments may be completed online at Balfour.
  • Balfour will buy back any unopened packages of caps & gowns.

Senior Slideshow

  • ONE current picture (casual or formal but NOT a tux/drape/cap&gown pic) and ONE baby picture are due by Friday, March 30, 2018 but will be accepted ANYTIME BETWEEN THEN AND NOW.
  • We will include the tux/drape picture from LifeTouch. Do NOT send one of those.
  • If a picture is grainy or blurry, it will only look MORE grainy and blurry when it is enlarged on the screens at graduation. Please choose your best quality photos to send us.
  • Pictures must be 300 dpi and no larger than 3 MB.

Senior Breakfast, Graduation Practices & Pictures

  • Graduation Pictures and a class group picture will be taken & the date/time is TBA.
    • Enter through athletic hallway
    • 8:00 AM - individual pictures, last name A-K
    • 9:30 AM - all for a Group Picture
    • 10:00 AM - last name L-Z
  • Senior Breakfast is Wednesday, May 30th and is MANDATORY for those participating in the graduation ceremony.
  • Graduation Practice is Thursday, May 31st and 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, June 1 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. Information about tickets will be sent home with graduates after Spring Break.
  • 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 23-April 27, 2018. Speaking parts will be chosen at random from those who sign up.
  • Tryouts for a musical performance will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018 in the auditorium at 7:30 AM. A decision will be made at that time by judges selected by administration.

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.

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