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Graduation Details

posted Jun 1, 2016, 11:06 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 11:26 AM ]
Congratulations to the Class of 2016! Your future starts now!

East Bladen graduation - Friday, June 10 at 6:00 PM at Elizabethtown Middle School gym. 

Seniors must arrive at Elizabethtown Middle School by 4:30 p.m. Doors for graduation open to the public at4:30 p.m. and close promptly at 5:55pm. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the gym after the doors close. In the event that you have to exit the gym, you will not be
allowed to re-enter until after the ceremony is complete.  Each senior that has paid all necessary fees or monies due to East Bladen will receive ten admission tickets for their guests. Every guest including babies must have a ticket to enter the graduation ceremony. Tickets will be given to seniors on Monday, June 6 after practice. 

West Bladen graduation - Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 AM in the main gym at West Bladen High School. 

Main doors will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, June 11 and will close and lock promptly at 9:55 a.m. for the marching in of the seniors.  No one will be admitted after the doors are locked.  Family, friends, and guests who have a ticket for the main gym should enter by the main entrance; those who have tickets for the auxiliary gym need to go to the auxiliary gym entrance located at the left side of the main building near the football field. Every person is required to have a ticket for admission to graduation.

Dress Code: 

Males: White button-up dress shirt; solid necktie, dark colored dress pants, dark colored dress shoes, and dark colored socks. Absolutely no tennis shoes, shorts, t-shirts, or flip flops. 

Females: Dark colored dress or blouse and skirt. Dark colored dress pants are allowed. Dark colored shoes. Absolutely no tennis shoes, shorts, t-shirts, or flip flops. Spike heels are not recommended due to the risk of falling.

All clothing, regardless of gender, must adhere to the Bladen County School’s Dress Code Policy. Only approved stoles/cords can be worn. Tassels are worn on the right side before pronouncement of 2016 graduates. 

Please inform guests of the expectations for graduation. There will be no yelling or noise making during the graduation ceremony. Any guest who yells or makes noise will be escorted from the ceremony by the on-duty Sheriff’s Deputies.

Please do not bring items of celebration OR congratulations to the commencement as there is no place to store these items and they will not be allowed into the gym(s).  This includes balloons, banners, stuffed animals, noise makers, pom-poms, flowers, cards, etc.  No food or drink allowed in gymnasiums.
Graduation Etiquette
(For Adults)

1.  Refrain from talking.
This is the first and greatest rule.  It includes whispering and disciplining children.  Please take crying or noisy children outside the gymnasium.

2.  Turn off cell phones, pagers and watch alarms.
While many telephones have pleasant symphonic-like rings, the addition of musical accompaniment to the ceremony is not       necessary.

3.  Do not take flash photography.
This can be temporarily blinding and cause a student to walk right off the stage without the aid of the stairs! 

4.  Do not walk down the aisle or stand down front video-taping.
Video cameras work well from the back of the area, and when placed there, will not interfere with others trying to see their graduate walk across the stage.

5.   Do not leave the service as soon as your child receives his/her diploma.
All of the graduates deserve a full audience for their accomplishment.  Besides, what if your last name was “Young”?

6.  Applaud and celebrate at appropriate times.
Please hold applause and verbal celebrations until the “Recognition of Graduates” in the program, which is after the seating of the last graduate in the class and the “Turning of the Tassels” ceremony.  Cheering and applause before, during, or after a specific 
student’s name is called interferes with the next student’s recognition.  Any individual interfering with the dignity of commencement will be escorted off school campus and the student’s diploma may be held until June 30, 2016.   Each Graduation Committee member is responsible for reporting such interference to the administration.

7.  Expect a dignified, first-class graduation ceremony.
Tremendous planning has gone into this event.  Savor the moment with respect for others and yourself.