Blackman High School Graduation Frequently Asked Questions
Blackman High School’s 2020 Graduation ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm, at Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center
There are no tickets for guests.
There is no limit to the number of guests a senior may invite.
No. Participation in graduation is not a requirement for graduating from high school.
Yes. Participation in rehearsal is a must for those seniors participating in graduation. Failure to attend the full rehearsal will forfeit a senior’s opportunity to participate in graduation. ***As rehearsal is mandatory, we strongly suggest that you make no appointments for the day of rehearsal.***
First, be sure that your senior has earned or will earn the necessary credits to graduate. In November, a form will be brought home by your senior for you to sign and return to school. On this form, you will indicate that your senior intends to participate in graduation. Please have your senior return this form to Mr. Weeks as soon as possible. We do not want to spend time in the spring trying to verify if your senior intends to walk
*This form will need to be signed and returned even if your senior WILL NOT participate in graduation.
**This form can be downloaded at the right hand side of this page. It is labeled Graduation Participation Form 2019.
***The intent to walk form can be returned to one of two places: 1) There will be a box outside of Mr. Weeks' room, E12; or 2) There will be a box inside the Library/Media Center.
Due to the work that is necessary to plan graduation, May 1st is the absolute final date to indicate that a senior plans to participate in graduation. After this date, no senior can be added to the ceremony. Before that date, a senior will need to submit a new Graduation Participation form to Mr. Weeks. Without an updated Graduation participation form, your senior will not have a seat reserved for them at graduation. You will also need to order a cap and gown from Josten's (1-800-JOSTENS).
Yes. He/She will need to complete the items listed for seniors.
No. The May graduation is for seniors who have earned the necessary credits to graduate at the end of the school year. Those seniors graduating through summer school will have an opportunity to participate in the graduation ceremony for summer school.
While it is impossible to predict the length of graduation, previous Blackman ceremonies have usually finished in about 90 minutes.
***However, in order to reduce the unnecessary noise made by some guests, our assistant principals will pause while reading the names of the graduates if there are any extended disruptions. If that happens, the length of the ceremony could extend considerably.
Our plan is for the ceremony to be filmed and live streamed by Mr. McCreery’s Radio and TV class. A copy of the video can be purchased from Mr. McCreery. Contact Mr. McCreery for the cost of the video. As we get closer to the date of the ceremony, a link will be placed on the school’s website for live streaming.
Graduation is intended to be a dignified ceremony. In recent years, the trend has been to yell, scream, chant, blow air horns, etc. when a senior’s name is called. While this does remove from the dignity of the ceremony, it also causes the names of some seniors to not be heard. We ask that any celebration you do when your senior’s name is called be quick so the family of the ones following your senior may likewise hear their name called.
Any senior that causes a commotion or disruption during the processional, ceremony, or recessional will be escorted from Murphy Center and his/her diploma will be held until the senior and his/her parents meet with Dr. Justus to discuss the situation. Release of the senior’s diploma will be at the discretion of Dr. Justus.
Graduation Dress Code
Yes. All seniors participating in graduation must wear a Blackman cap and gown.
Boys must wear a dress shirt with long tie (No bow ties!), dress pants, dress shoes and dress socks (or dress boots).
Girls have two options: 1) Girls may wear a dress/skirt that does not hang below the gown and dress shoes (Wedge shoes are fine, dress sandals (with a heel) are fine. Dress flats are also fine. Casual sandals or flip flops are not allowed. No boots of any kind, if a dress/skirt is worn); and 2) Girls may wear dress pants with a blouse and dress shoes. If this option is chosen, dress boots may be worn.
While there are many items (stoles, cords, medallions, tassels, pins, etc.) that may be worn during any graduation ceremony, only those items listed below may be worn for Blackman’s graduation.
Yes. Murphy Center is ADA compliant. For those with disabilities, the entrance is at the northwest corner of Murphy center behind the tennis courts. Once inside the lower level, individuals can make there way via the north hallway to the northeast corner to the elevator. Take the elevator to the main level and areas for seating for the disabled are available.
No. Seniors are encouraged to leave personal items in their cars or with family members. The use of cell phones during graduation is prohibited and may result in a senior’s diploma being held.
No. While a senior is required to wear a Blackman cap and gown, they may borrow one from a sibling or friend who is a Blackman graduate.
No. Josten’s is the company that Blackman works with for graduation, and a senior participating in graduation must purchase their cap and gown from Josten’s.
Josten’s will need your senior’s height and weight.
The cost of the basic package, which includes the cap, gown, tassel, and diploma cover, is $57.62.
As you are purchasing these items from Josten’s, you will need to pay them. Blackman teachers, administrators, or staff will collect no money for graduation items.
Josten’s will be at Blackman on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. On this date, Josten’s will deliver information about graduation items including the cap and gown needed for graduation. Josten’s will return on August 28, 2019. On August 28, 2019, your full order (including caps and gowns, announcements, and other senior items) will be placed and Josten’s will require a deposit. We are asking that your account with Josten’s be paid in full no later than February 28, 2020. This can be done on-line at www.jostens.com or by phone at 1-800-JOSTENS.
No. However, you will be billed for the diploma and diploma cover.
First of all, do not open these at school! In doing this, the chances of the gown getting torn or breaking the zipper are greatly increased. At home, open the cap and gown and try them on to make sure that both fit properly. (The gown should fall about halfway between the knee and ankle.) DO NOT place a hot iron directly on the gown! While you may iron the gown through a folded towel, the best way to remove the wrinkles is to place the gown on a hanger and allow the steam from a hot shower to remove the wrinkles. If your cap and/or gown do not fit, contact Josten’s immediately! The number is 1-800-JOSTENS.
No. While Josten’s does offer graduation announcements and other “senior items,” you do not have to purchase these items from Josten’s.
Yes. The intent to walk form should be turned in as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the first semester. Those who plan to graduate with distinction or honors should notify their guidance counselor by the end of the first semester. Those who have perfect attendance (K-12 or 9-12) must have this verified by attendance and inform Mr. Weeks by April 1. All balances with Josten’s should be cleared by May 1.
Those seniors who plan to graduate with distinction or honors must meet the requirements as laid out in the student handbook. We ask that seniors notify their guidance counselors that they have met or will meet the requirements by the end of the first semester. Seniors must notify their guidance counselor of their completion or planned completion of requirements to graduate with distinction or honors by the TBD, so that we may have time to order the necessary regalia from Josten’s. If your senior does not complete the distinction/honors form and return it to his/her guidance counselor by TBD, he/she will not be recognized at graduation.
If a senior has perfect attendance for grades K-12 or grades 9-12, he/she will be recognized and will receive a plaque at graduation.
***It is up to the senior to verify this with the attendance office. Once they have receive confirmation from attendance, the senior should bring this information to Mr. Weeks, our graduation coordinator in room E-12. The deadline for getting this verified and to Mr. Weeks is April 12.
Information will be sent home with your senior in November, March, and late April/early May. However, if needed you may contact Mr. Weeks, our graduation coordinator. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you may leave him a message at (615)904-3850 ext. 22978.