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Spring 2017 Senior Letter

February 7, 2017        

Dear Seniors and Parents:                                                                               

Graduation is only a few short weeks away! This is an important event in the lives of all seniors.  It is a time when the faculty, administrators, and Board of Education recognize the hard work that these young men and women have put into earning a diploma.  The graduation ceremony is a very dignified event. To maintain the dignity of this occasion, it is important for the graduates, as well as their families and guests, to carefully observe proper rules of dress and behavior.  This letter provides information that will help you make YOUR graduation, beautiful and a coordinated event. 

 

SENIOR EXAMS AND EXEMPTIONS

Senior exams will take place starting Thursday, May 18, 2017 and end Friday, May 19, 2017.  At the teachers’ discretion, seniors may be able to exempt their exams.  Seniors are allowed to exempt exams if they have an 80 or higher average and have missed no more than 2.5 class days.  Be aware that at the end of the day Friday, May 19th (at the conclusion of exams), seniors have completed their work at Rockdale County High School.  They are considered visitors. Seniors may only enter the building to pay outstanding debts Monday, May 22nd and Tuesday, May 23rd.

 

SENIOR CLEARANCE FORM

The Clearance Form is your last ticket to graduation. You can pick up your Clearance Form May 1st & 2nd in the cafeteria during all lunches. It needs to be completed in its entirety by May 12th in order to pick up your cap and gown. (NO CLEARANCE FORM, NO CAP & GOWN)

 

BACCALAUREATE SERVICE

The Baccalaureate Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Conyers, located at 2100 Hwy 138 NE in Conyers, Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3pm. The Baccalaureate Service is a voluntary part of your graduation activities.  However, all graduates, their families and guests are invited.  Graduates should assemble in the church gym at 2:00 p.m. for practice and seating assignments. Ample parking is available in the church parking lot.

 

SENIORS: DON’T FORGET TO WEAR YOUR CAP AND GOWN for this service. Seniors are to wear proper attire.  Please see the “dress attire section” for the Baccalaureate Service and the Graduation Ceremony.

 

•DO NOT bring purses, cameras, or other valuables to the church.  There will NOT be a place to secure them during the service.  Let your parents or a friend keep them for you.

GRADUATION PRACTICE

Graduation practices Wednesday, May 24 & Thursday, May 25, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Practice is mandatory for both days

 

Practice for graduation is MANDATORY. Graduates must (1) be at all practices, (2) arrive on time, and (3) remain for the entire practice session.  Since it is essential that everyone’s part in the graduation exercises be well rehearsed, anyone who misses a practice will not be allowed to participate in the graduation exercise.  Parents and seniors have a responsibility to make the necessary arrangements for being at graduation practice. 

GRADUATION EXERCISES

The graduation exercises will be held Friday, May 26th at 8:00 p.m. at Reid Memorial Stadium. Each graduate will be given 10 tickets to the graduation ceremony.

The graduation ceremony is the most distinguished academic event in our community each year.  The exercises will leave a lasting impression on all those who attend.  Our students, their parents and guests, and the school itself will be judged on how well the ceremony is conducted.  It is essential that everyone work together to maintain the dignity and respect that our seniors deserve.  Appropriate behavior by our graduates and their families and guests during all parts of the graduation exercises is necessary. Failure to abide by these guidelines will result in removal from the premises.   Although this is an outside event, it is still considered a school function and all rules still apply.   Anyone who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be denied admittance to the graduation exercises. 

THE AUDIENCE

We expect our graduates to exhibit appropriate behavior during the graduation exercises.  We also expect the audience to do the same.  Small children are to sit with their parents.  The exercises will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m.  Parents please be prompt on your arrival. Once the exercises begin, there should be no movement in the audience.  Members of the audience must remain seated to make sure that everyone will be able to see all graduates presented with their diplomas. Police officers will remove anyone who becomes noisy, boisterous, or disruptive during the ceremony. 

 

CONDUCT OF GRADUATES

Graduation is a ceremony to honor an entire class of graduates.  No individual, adult or student, has the right or will be permitted to spoil or disrupt a ceremony that honors other people. Inappropriate behavior prior to or during the graduation exercises will result in the graduate’s removal from the ceremony by police officers.  Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to, improper attire, possession of disruptive objects, substances, materials, or misbehavior.

 

DRESS FOR GRADUATES 

Proper attire will be worn under the graduation gowns.  Any student improperly dressed will not be allowed to participate in the graduation exercises. 

 

Female graduates                                                                                       

Black shoes (comfortable, flats & wedges only)                                
Dress or blouse & skirt (shorter than gown)                                    

Male graduates
Dark shoes with dark socks 
Dark Slacks     

*NO FLIP FLOPS or TENNIS SHOES ARE PERMITTED. Please be mindful that graduation will take place on the field. High heels (stilettos) are not allowed.

ARRIVAL TIME FOR GRADUATES

Graduates MUST arrive by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26th at Reid Memorial Stadium (specifics as to where to report will be given at graduation practice). You should not bring a camera, iPod, cell phone, or any other electronic device in with you. Please leave it with a parent or a friend. There will NOT be a place to secure such items during the graduation ceremony.  Officers and administrators will search for any illegal items and action will be taken if any are found.  Graduates will line up 30 minutes prior to marching into the arena. 

IN CASE OF RAIN FOR GRADUATION - WRISTBANDS

Every effort will be made to have the graduation ceremony at Reid Memorial Stadium.  However, rain or the threat of rain may make it necessary to move the ceremony into the RCHS gymnasium, where seating will be limited.  Therefore, each graduate will be given two (2) wristbands, which will admit guests to the gym. All wristbands will be distributed during graduation practice.

 

The wristbands must be securely fastened on your arm and visible BEFORE entering the doors of the gym.

 

Please be advised that handicapped parking is limited on campus.

 

Important Notice:

Wristbands will NOT replaced once they have been issued to the graduates, and the school will not be responsible for lost or stolen wristbands.  Graduates and parents must assume responsibility for their wristbands once they are received. 

HONOR GRADUATES

Honor graduates are listed in the program. Honor graduates will be identified (after all grades have been calculated) as students with a cumulative weighted grade point average of the following:

  • Cum Laude (Honors): minimum 3.5 GPA through 3.69, unweighted;

  • Magna Cum Laude (High Honors): minimum 3.7 GPA, unweighted ;

  • Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors): overall GPA of at least 3.9, unweighted.

    In recognition of these honors, students will wear a stole designated to each honor level.

     

LOST AND DAMAGED

Each senior has already received a notice if they are on the lost and damaged list. This list includes any outstanding debts owed to any RCHS, RCA or an affiliated venue (such as sports, clubs, media center, lost books and materials, cafeteria fees etc…). All fees must be paid in cash or money order prior to graduation practice.  Please know that students WILL NOT be allowed to participate in the graduation practice or ceremony if these fees have not been resolved.

 

FAILED CLASSES

We would like to see every senior graduate and participate in the graduation ceremony, however please understand that in order to participate in the graduation practice and ceremony; you must pass ALL of your course requirements. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. 

GRADUATION FEES (SENIOR DUES)

Senior dues cover the cost of cap and gowns, tassels, programs, flowers, diplomas, diploma covers, chair rental, staging, sound system, honorees and other expenses of graduation, senior activities, and the yearbook.  Graduates will not be allowed to participate in graduation activities, including practice, until this fee is paid.  The graduation dues are now $200.00/$220.00 

 

**After April 30th you must go to the Balfour office in Suwanee to pay**