2017 Graduation Information

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 8:58am

Frequently Asked Questions by Senior Parents:

Where is the commencement ceremony held?

Merriweather Post Pavilion

When is graduation?

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11am  HCPSS Graduation Window

How does my senior order graduation attire and accessories?

During the senior meeting (Jan 11) the Balfour representative distributed order forms for a cap & gown, announcements and other graduation accessories.

What if my senior was absent on January 11 when orders forms were distributed?

Your senior can get an order form from the front office.

Can my senior order a cap/gown and other graduation accessories online?

Announcements/Caps/Gowns and accessories can be ordered at the Balfour website.

What if my senior does not turn in his/her form/money on the designated days?

Orders can be mailed directly to Balfour to the address located on the order form.  There is an additional $10 fee for orders that are mailed.  

What if my family cannot afford a cap/gown for my senior?

Please call or email your counselor or Ms. Hutchens at joann_hutchens@hcpss.org to discuss financial assistance.

How can my senior be sure his/her name is spelled correctly on the diploma/graduation program?

Did you sign a “Diploma Signature Form”?  To ensure that your senior’s name is spelled correctly on the diploma and graduation program ALL seniors must submit a Diploma Signature Form signed by a parent/guardian.  If your senior has returned the form…thank you.  If you have not signed the form please click here OR have your senior pick one up from Mrs. Beneski in the Student Service’s office.  This form is due no later than January 20, 2017.

How can my senior be involved in the graduation ceremony?

All seniors are invited to audition to give a speech, dance, sing, or perform during the commencement ceremony.  Auditions are Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in the choir room.  A sign up sheet for auditions is located in the media center.  Each speech/performance should be NO longer than 2 minutes.  Bring an extra copy of the speech/song on the day of the audition.

Can parents/guardians present the diploma to his/her senior at the ceremony?

No, but if you are a permanent employee of the Howard County Public School System in any capacity we invite you to present your child’s diploma at Atholton High School’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony.  Talk with your senior to make a joint decision that you will hand the diploma to him/her.  Complete and return this form to Jeannette Bonomo-Thomas or Natalie Kelly, graduation coordinators, either by email or a hard copy. (Jeannette_Bonomo-Thomas or Natalie_Kelly@hcpss.org)