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Dear Parent or Guardian of a 2017-2018 Fort Dorchester High School graduating senior:
There are very important dates to remember regarding graduation in this letter.
Fort Dorchester High School’s 24th commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. There are no limits on the number of guests that may be invited. Graduates must arrive no later than 5:45 p.m. Please inform your counselor if you are not participating in the ceremony.
In order for scholarship information or military branch to be included in the program graduates must fill out a form in the Counseling office or go to the link on the Senior Info tab/Graduation section of the FDHS website and fill it out online by April 20, 2018.
To ensure a dignified graduation ceremony we have adopted the following guidelines:
- 1. The graduation coordinator will meet with the senior class during the graduation seminar on Friday, May 11, 2018 to discuss the seriousness of the ceremony and the expected behavior. (Most seniors are released from their English classes that day to attend; see below for exceptions.)
- 2. Students participating in the ceremony will be required to attend the seminar even if they attend evening school/DCCTC/GAP or TTC/ECPI or are taking an IB/AP Exam, etc. make-up sessionS are in Room 608 on May 14, 15 or 16 at 8:00 a.m. All Seniors must have attended the seminar or a make-up session to participate in graduation.
- 3. All debts and obligations, including textbook return, must be paid by 4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018 in order to participate in the graduation ceremony and to pick up caps and gowns on May 11, 2017 during the student’s lunch (evening school/DCCTC/GAP/TTC students must make their own arrangements).
- 4. Appropriate dress is required and ENFORCED STRINGENTLY.
- a. Female dress code: Dress or a blouse with a dress skirt (HEM MAY NOT be visible below the graduation gown), neckline should be completely covered by the graduation gown, dress shoes only (no athletic footwear or flip flop type shoes). We strictly adhere to these rules. They are not suggestions.
- b. Male dress code: Black or dark dress pants (no denim/jeans or athletic pants), collared dress shirt with a tie, dress shoes and dress socks (no athletic footwear, Crocs, sandals or flip flops) – No T-SHIRTS or polo-style pullovers. We strictly adhere to these rules. They are not suggestions.
- c. Both: Sunglasses, headgear, flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes are not permitted. Absolutely no college “wraps” or other alterations or additions may be present on the caps worn for graduation NOR ON THE GOWN ITSELF.
- d. Only approved cords issued by the FDHS Counseling Department, recognized honor societies and official stoles issued by the US military may be worn.
- 5. Unacceptable behavior during the graduation ceremony or failure to comply with appropriate dress requirements listed above will result in removal from the ceremony.
- 6. All Extended Year/APEX and make up work must be completed (deadline announced later). Students working past this deadline will graduate in summer school.
- 7. Students who have not settled all monetary obligations and who are not passing all courses needed for graduation will NOT be allowed to participate in the ceremony regardless of having previously purchased caps and gowns.
- 8. Seniors with disciplinary infractions requiring an expulsion hearing and/or enrollment in ScIP (School Intervention Program) must complete the program prior to graduating. You may not have time to do so before graduation and would run the risk of missing graduation with your class and having to graduate in summer school instead.
We request that you review these guidelines with your graduate. The guidelines represent a contractual agreement regarding appropriate behavior and dress. We look forward to a dignified ceremony that allows graduates and their families to hear names as they are called out. To ensure proper decorum, we have asked the North Charleston Coliseum staff and the North Charleston Police Department to intervene in excessive demonstrations by our guests such as in the case of noise making devices, which are banned. We are sure you understand the nature of our request and will honor it on that day.
Important Dates to Remember
- Friday, April 20: ALL senior scholarship/commitments to serve in the military turned in to the Counseling Department or completed on the designated web page.
- Thursday, May 10: ALL outstanding debts to the school must be paid by 4:15 p.m. and all textbooks must be returned.
- Friday, May 11 – Senior cap and gown pick up during ILT (you must pick this up and then eat).
- Friday, May 11 (all day in the auditorium) – Senior graduation seminar (THIS IS PRACTICE) You will be released according to your English class. Evening school/DCCTC/GAP or TTC/ECPI/AP/IB test takers must make arrangements to be here this day at one of the following times: 8:55 a.m., 9:52 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:38 a.m., 12:31 p.m. or 2:14 p.m.
- Make up dates for the required graduation seminar: May 14, 15, 16 at 8:00 a.m. in Room 608
- All APEX/Extended year must be completed by the soon to be determined deadline which will be announced.
- To Be Announced – Senior Celebration Night sponsored by Senior Class Officers in the auditorium.
- Saturday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. – Graduation (SENIORS MUST ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 5:45 PM)
Questions should be directed to Willie Dasinger, graduation coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org