Graduation questions answered

Southwest CTA’s faculty met to discuss the details of the school’s first graduation for the Class of 2012.

Program Representatives, counselors, administration, and select teachers have been meeting monthly to plan the details of SWCTA’s first graduation and we have answers to all of your most asked questions.

Q: When and where is graduation?

Graduation will be held on June 12, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. at the Orleans Arena.

Q: How long will graduation be?

Graduation will last for approximately two hours.

Q: How many students are graduating?

Currently there are 276 seniors, but the final count will be made when counselors receive the official proficiency results.

Q: What is the graduation schedule?

As of right now, there is no program for graduation. We do know that the valedictorian, salutatorian, senior class president, and various faculty members will be delivering speeches.

Q: Can my family come watch and where will they sit?

Tickets will be available for pick-up for family members in advance; despite rumors, students will be able to request as many tickets as they will need. Family members will sit above the stadium floor in theater-style seating.

Q: Can we take our own photos?

Students will not be allowed phones or cameras at graduation, but family members are more than welcome to take photos from their seat. For the best pictures, a professional photographer will be at graduation to take photos of students receiving their diplomas.

Q: Who will I be sitting next to?

Students will be seated in alphabetical order by program area. Student speakers will be seated on stage.

Q: How do I know if my name will be pronounced correctly?

A Google form is being created and will be sent via Interact for students to enter how their name is spelled phonetically. During graduation practice senior week, flashcards will be made with phonetic spellings to aide the name readers, Mr. Mike Moore for Design Academy and Mr. Zachariah Douglas for Professional Academy, in pronouncing names correctly. There will be practice sessions, so don’t worry.

Q: When do I get my cap and gown?

Students will receive their cap and gowns senior week during graduation practice.

Q: What color are the gowns?

All graduating seniors will be wearing black gowns. The graduation committee, which is comprised of one senior per program area, counselors, teachers, school administrators, and our school’s Jostens representative, came to the conclusion that having all students in black with students in hoods would be classy and unified.

Q: What do I wear under the gown?

Professional attire is required. Males will need to wear a collared shirt and slacks with dress shoes; a tie is optional. Females must also dress professionally. Please keep in mind that a large majority of graduation will occur on your feet; four-inch heels are not the smartest decision. Dress comfortably so you can enjoy graduation, not ache in pain from uncomfortable clothes.

Q: How will we be able to tell who has which diploma?

Students receiving the Advanced Honors Diploma will receive copper and black hoods to wear during graduation. Students receiving the Honors Diploma will be wearing silver and black hoods. Students receiving the standard diploma will not wear a hood.

Q: Which clubs earn cords and/or stoles?

The only organization that gets to wear stoles is National Honor Society. Clubs with national organizations will be able to wear cords. These clubs include HOSA, DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, and Key Club.

Q: How do I earn a medallion for graduation?     This year only, all seniors that complete their program classes with a passing grade will receive a program medallion. Next year, the requirements to receive a medallion will be determined by each individual program leader.

Q: Will my diploma show my program?

All diplomas will read “with an emphasis in” followed by the program area.

Q: Can I bow at graduation if it is culturally acceptable?