Graduation rehearsal is scheduled for **Thursday, May 18, 2017 at approximately 8:30 a.m. in the Auxiliary Gym at HCHS. All seniors MUST attend the ENTIRE rehearsal. If a student does not attend, he/she will NOT participate in the graduation ceremony. The rehearsal will last until approximately 2 hours. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY.
Caps and Gowns
Caps and gowns will be distributed at HCHS in the spring. No decorating of the cap or gown will be allowed. If you have not ordered your graduation announcements, please call Balfour at 270-827-5034.
All financial obligations must be completed by 12:00 a.m. **Friday, May 19, 2017
Graduation is a serious affair, and students need to dress appropriately. Parents are requested to take an active role in assuring that their graduate is appropriately dressed for the occasion. Females shall wear clothing that is consistent with HCS dress code (no tennis shoes, flip flops, or slippers). We ask that you wear slacks or a dress. You will be traversing stairs so any shoe with an elevated sole may not be appropriate.
Males shall wear clothing that is consistent with HCS dress code (no tennis shoes, flip flops, or slippers). We ask that you wear a collared shirt, dress slacks (no jeans), and dress shoes. You will be traversing stairs so any shoe with an elevated sole may not be appropriate
Courteous behavior of all guests is necessary for a dignified graduation ceremony. A graduation ceremony is a formal occasion. Loud, boisterous behavior detracts from the ceremony and can prohibit the audience from hearing the names of all graduates as they are announced. Therefore, we are requesting that both graduates and guests refrain from applause or other cheering until all names have been read.
Guests can greet the graduates in the upper and lower concourse after the ceremony.
A professional photographer will take a picture of each graduate receiving his/her diploma. Information will be given to your graduate as to how to order them the night of graduation.
Graduation Arrival time at the Ford Center
Graduation is Friday, May 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony is expected to end at approximately 8:45. Students should arrive at the Ford Center no later than **6:00 p.m. with their gown on and ready. They will enter in the front entrance of the Ford Center and enter the stadium floor through the doors to the right of the stairs going up to the upper concourses. The elevators are located to the right of the student entrance to the stadium floor. All students must check in and no guests will be allowed past this point or on the stadium floor. The doors will open to the public at 5:30 p.m.
Collecting the diploma after the ceremony
Immediately after the ceremony, students report to a designated area to receive their actual diplomas. This process should take no longer than 15 minutes, and then students will meet their guests in the lower or upper concourses. If for some reasons your child does not have a diploma in their packet there will be a bill and that bill must be payed prior to them receiving their diploma. They will be able to come to HCHS any time and pay their bill and receive their diploma.
General academic and behavioral expectation for seniors
Each year several issues arise concerning academic and behavioral expectation for seniors. Teachers ask for your support as they continue to expect students to complete schoolwork and attend school regularly. Each year some students find themselves facing the devastating consequence of losing credit in a class at the last minute and/or not successfully completing the assigned work.
We are especially concerned that some seniors will not complete their graduation requirements those items include failure to complete all discipline infraction consequences, loss of credit in a class, or receiving a failing grade are situations that can cause a student not to graduate with his or her class. Although we all know that seniors become more relaxed as the semester nears the end, we ask for your support in our efforts to assure that all the seniors have a successful conclusion to their high school careers.
Seniors also need to be aware that any potentially dangerous or destructive activities are prohibited on school property at any time. Students risk being suspended from school, as well as exclusion from any school-sponsored activity, including prom and/or graduation exercise.
We hope you will support our effort to provide your children with safe and enjoyable activities for the remainder of their senior year. We look forward to many exciting and memorable times as this important phase of school life draws to a close.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Rank in class shall be determined by a student’s Weighted Cumulative Grade Point Average, which includes all courses taken by the student for high school credit and approved by the District for high school credit. The weighted grade point average (GPA) will be rounded to the nearest tenth of a point.
The student(s) with the class rank of one (1) will be named valedictorian(s). A class rank of one (1) indicates the student(s) have the highest weighted grade point average in the class. Students graduating at the end of the senior year with a class rank of one (1) and having the highest Weighted Cumulative GPA based on final grades from all courses taken for high school credit shall be designated as valedictorian(s).