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Class of 2024 Updates & Reminders

To ensure that all graduates and guests have a positive experience at our graduation events within the next seven days, we want to provide a few final details and some friendly reminders. Please take the time to review this document with your graduate and family members who will be involved in your ceremony.

            

  • Graduation Attire. Caps and gowns should be worn in a dignified way. Only regalia provided and/or approved by the school is allowed to be worn. Decorating caps or gowns is prohibited. Graduates are not allowed to wear any additional items not provided by the school, including flags. Only honor cords provided by the school and listed in the program can be worn. For graduates that have lost their tassel, a limited number will be available for purchase for $5 from the Herff Jones representative before graduation.

 

For women attending the graduation ceremony, it is recommended to wear a simple, lightweight dress under the graduation robes, ensuring that it does not exceed the length of the gown. Alternatively, dark dress pants are an appropriate choice. Footwear should be limited to black shoes or black dress sandals, while tennis shoes, flip-flops, and boots should be avoided. Jewelry should be kept minimal. Personal items such as purses, handbags, and cameras should be left with a family member.

 

For men, a white dress shirt paired with a bow tie or necktie is recommended. Dark dress pants in blue or black are appropriate, but blue jeans should be avoided. Footwear should consist of black dress shoes and dark socks, steering clear of topsiders, tennis shoes, cowboy boots, and sandals. While a suit coat can be worn, it may be too warm for the occasion.

 

  • Baccalaureate. The Baccalaureate program will take place on Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. (graduates should arrive at 2:30 p.m.).  The updated venue for the Baccalaureate is Bethlehem Baptist Church, located at 8400 Poole Rd. Knightdale NC 27545. Graduates should wear their cap and gown with the appropriate graduation attire listed above. Participation in this event is not required. This is a parent sponsored event.

 

  • Graduation Practice. It's imperative that all participating students attend the mandatory Commencement Practice, scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2024, from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at Duke Energy Memorial Auditorium. Graduates must attend this event to participate in the graduation on Thursday, June 13! Graduation tickets will be distributed at the conclusion of the graduation practice. Graduates should wear everyday attire for this event; however, graduates should practice wearing the shoes if they are not comfortable with them as they will be walking up and down a lot of steps.

 

  • Graduation. The Commencement Ceremony is set for June 13 at 4 p.m. in the esteemed Duke Energy Memorial Auditorium. Graduates must arrive promptly by 2:30 p.m. on the day of graduation. Please remember that the appropriate graduation attire is required, as listed above. 

 

  • Graduation Tickets & Announcements. Each graduate will receive five graduation tickets. Admission to graduation is by ticket only. Everyone entering the venue, including babies, will require a ticket. These tickets will be distributed at the conclusion of the practice. Graduates will not receive tickets if there are any outstanding fees or if they have not turned in their WCPSS-issued laptop.

 

  • Parking. Graduates and guests will pay $10.00 for downtown parking for rehearsal and graduation. On the day of the ceremony, appropriate signage will indicate parking facilities. *There is a Drop-off Area on South Street directly in front of the Auditorium.

 

  • Fees, Fines, & Laptops. All graduates must pay all fees and fines, including the $60 senior fee, and turn in their WCPSS-issued laptop to be cleared for graduation. Fees and fines must be paid online (senior fees), via cash in the front office, or based on the criteria for the specific fee, by Friday, June 7 at 1 p.m. to avoid having their graduation tickets pulled. Laptops must be returned to the media center by Friday, June 7 at 2 p.m. to avoid having their graduation tickets pulled.

 

  • Safety Precautions.  In accordance with past WCPSS graduation events, the following items are prohibited: balloons, camera bags, book bags/backpacks larger than 12”x12”x10”, glass vases/containers of flowers, food or drinks, noise makers, wrapped packages of any kind, or any items similar to those listed above. Flowers wrapped in tissue paper are allowed inside the building. All items entering the building are subject to search. A small clutch or wallet is recommended, and no bags larger than 12" x 12" x 10" will be allowed, including backpacks, camera bags, and large purses. Diaper bags are allowed for guests with infants and toddlers, provided the child is present.

 

In addition to the bag policy, guests will be required to enter through a security screening, which includes the use of a metal detector. Guests will be required to empty pockets and walk through metal detectors. If a secondary bag screening is required, guests will be provided with a surface to empty the bag’s contents. Prohibited items include weapons of any kind (knives, pepper spray, guns, etc.), outside food and beverage, balloons, glass vases/containers of flowers, backpacks, camera bags, and large purses/bags (over 12"x12"x10").

 

  • Graduate Names Being Called. We share your excitement about the event. However, each family deserves to hear their graduate’s name called. Please avoid yelling or making loud noises when the names are being called during the ceremony.

 

  • Special Needs.  Staff members will be available to assist with logistics for the following:

    • Wheelchair access for guests 

    • Hearing Impaired Guests (The school needs notification of this request by Friday, June 7, by emailing salston3@wcpss.net.)

    • Interpreters and/or sign language needs (The school needs notification of this request by Friday, June 7, by emailing salston3@wcpss.net.)

 

  • Pulling Diplomas. The school reserves the right to pull a graduate's diploma for disruptive and/or non-compliant behavior.  The graduate will receive their diploma after meeting with Mr. Alston the week of June 17 and completing community service.