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2017 Commencement Day

posted May 9, 2017, 7:19 AM by Tina Steele   [ updated May 15, 2017, 1:50 PM ]
The Class of 2017 will have its Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 8 p.m.  Twelve hours before that, at 8 a.m. Friday morning, the class will practice in the Bruin Field House and then have a class program and brunch.

- In case of inclement weather, the graduation ceremony will be moved into the Bruin Field House. Notice of a move to the indoor plan will come via the Remind account for the Class of 2017
Seating will also be available in the Fine Arts Center auditorium and the old gym and will include a live big-screen showing of the ceremony in each venue.  Each senior will receive five (5) tickets for seating in the Bruin Field House and three (3) tickets for seating in the FAC; overflow seating will be available in the Commons area.  Tickets will be handed to students as they pick up their caps and gowns.
Friday, May 26 – Commencement

  •   8:00 a.m. – Commencement practice in Bruin Field House
  •   9:45 a.m. – 2017 Senior Class Program in FAC auditorium
  • 10:30 a.m. – Senior Brunch at Hillcrest Country Club
  •   1:00 p.m. – Practice on the field for graduation speakers and singers
  •   7:00 p.m. – Group Senior Picture in Bruin Field House
                         (wear cap and gown)
  •   7:30 p.m. – Line up for Commencement
  •   8:00 p.m. – Commencement begins
  • 11:00 p.m. – Project Graduation at Washington Park Mall – check in by midnight; lasts until 2:30 a.m.

Caps and Gowns:

  1. Caps should be set straight on the head, elastic in the back.  The tassel should be over the right temple at all times.  After diplomas are received, instructions will be given to move the tassel from the right to the left.
  2. The gown should be fastened at the top.  Women will have white collars which come with the gown.  Caps and gowns should not be worn on the street, but they may be worn to church if your church desires to honor its graduates as a group.

Appropriate clothing:  Graduation is a formal occasion for students, and appropriate dress is required.  Appropriate dress for males is white or light-colored dress shirt and tie, dress slacks, and dress shoes.  Appropriate dress for females is dress slacks or a dress and dress shoes.  If dress shoes have a heel, the heel must be at least the width of a quarter.  Graduates may not wear corsages or carry purses, bags, or cameras.  If you have a question about appropriate dress, seek advice from one of the counselors, Mrs. Chancellor or Mrs. Stahl.

Graduation, May 26, 2017


The formal ceremonies for graduation are a time for proper and appropriate behavior.  Please act in such a way that your behavior reflects the dignity and honor of the occasions.  This is a special time for all seniors and their families; respectful and appropriate behavior will demonstrate pride in our school and respect of your peers and the ceremony.  Thank you.

Graduation rehearsal on Friday, May 26:

You are to meet in the Bruin Field House at 8:00 a.m. for preliminary instructions.  We will line up in the gym and then proceed to the football field to rehearse all the parts of the ceremony.

Transportation for brunch:

A bus will be available to take students needing rides from BHS to the Hillcrest Country Club for the Senior Brunch and back to BHS after brunch on Friday, May 26th.  It will load at the south entrance of the Field House after the rehearsal and senior meeting.  The bus will return to BHS after the brunch.  Please make every effort to car pool because parking will be limited.

Seating for the physically disabled:

Seating will be available on the track and parking will be accessed from the entrance on 16h street.  A map will be printed on the back of the handicapped parking permit.  If you need seating or parking for physically disabled people in your family, see Mrs. Amen in the principal’s office as soon as possible or call her at 336-3311, ext. 5001. 

Permits for physically handicapped parking may be picked up from Mrs. Amen May 22-26.  Do not lose your parking permit; a replacement will not be issued.

Senior Picture:

You are to be in the Bruin Field House at 7:00 on Friday evening, May 26th, to take the senior group picture.  Remember to wear your cap and gown just as you will for graduation.  After the picture, you will line up for the ceremony.  Order forms are included in your cap-&-gown package.

Project Graduation

Seniors will also be honored following graduation with an all-night party held at Washington Park Mall.  Students can check in between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. with a driver’s license or photo ID.  It lasts until 2:30 a.m.  Only graduating seniors are eligible to attend this event.  Parents of graduates work very hard to provide a fun evening that is also safe and substance-free and offers seniors the opportunity to celebrate such a special evening with their friends.

Diploma Pickup:

You may pick up your diploma from the registrar at BHS beginning Tuesday, June 20th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.