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Class of 2024 Graduation Information- January 5, 2024 Update

Wed, 09/13/2023 - 9:41am

Thank you students for attending the January 3 graduation meeting. You can find the presentation here. Below you can find the breakdown of the information shared during the presentation. 

Graduation Window

Howard County Public School System has confirmed the window for the 2023 high school graduations as Monday, May 20 - Friday, May 31.  No graduations will be scheduled for weekend dates or Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday. Students and families will be notified when specific graduation dates are announced. This typically occurs late March/ early April. 

Cap and Gown Information

Cap and Gowns must be ordered by March 1 at this website. The cost is $45 and will increase to $55 after March 1. Orders after March 1 cannot be guaranteed to be delivered by graduation as the gown is a custom gown and takes 8 weeks to make. If you do not want a package, scroll down to Cap and Gown and you can order just the unit. The tassel will be included. Regalia will be delivered to the school about 2 weeks prior to graduation and other memorabilia will be delivered directly home. If the graduate is using regalia from a previous graduation, please order a tassel online and complete this form to indicate their intent. 


Cords are not handled by the graduation coordinator. Students should contact their teacher/ club advisor directly regarding information about club/ program cords. You can find a list of advisors and cord colors here. This is not an exhaustive list. 

Graduation Speaker/ Performer Auditions

 If you would like to be a part of graduation, please submit this form and submit your audition tape here no later than February 1. Video submissions should be titled with the last name of each performer.  Each speech/performance, whether by an individual or group, should be kept to 2 minutes. All audition recordings must be submitted by 8:00 am on Thursday, February 1 in order to be considered. To determine the program, faculty evaluators will review the submissions received by the deadline, and students will be notified in March. LATE VIDEOS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 

Employee Diploma Presentation

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 2023 Commencement Ceremony. Due to the preparation involved in the commencement ceremony, you must submit your request here ASAP or no later than Friday, April 5, 2024.

If you have further questions, please refer back to the Class of 2023 information page as it will be updated as more information is shared. You can also contact Krista Bopst at or Anthony Detomo at