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SENIOR Graduation Information and Important Dates:

As we approach the end of the school year, thoughts and questions about graduation become paramount in the minds of both seniors and their parents.  This letter has been prepared to answer as many questions as possible about graduation.  I ask that you check closely to make sure that all class and school requirements are met.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at walker_s2@westcler.org or 947-7402. 


1. Graduation Ceremony:  Graduation will be held on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm, at Cintas Center, Xavier University.  There will be no reserve seating.  Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Any guest with special needs should see an usher inside the front entrance for assistance.  Please turn off or mute all cell phones prior to the ceremony. 


2. Cintas Center, Xavier University Address:  1624 Herald Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45207 


3. Final Senior Class Meeting:  May 4, 2017 at 7:30 AM in the PAC (Cap and Gown Delivery) 


 4. Senior Exams:  Senior exams will take place during the regularly scheduled class period. 

May 17th:  Senior Exams Bells 1, 2, 3 

May 18th:   Senior Exams Bells 4, 5, 6 

May 19th:  Senior Exams Bell 7 and Make-ups 


5. Fees:  All fees must be paid in order to participate in this year’s graduation ceremony.  The deadline to pay student fees is May 24th.   Checks will be accepted until May 19th.  After this date, payments can be made by money orders, cash and credit.  For questions, contact Mrs. Thorpe at 947-7412. 


6. Graduation Ceremony Practice:  Graduation ceremony practice will take place on May 25, 2017 at 7:15 AM in the Amelia High School gymnasium.  In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, a senior must attend and complete the final graduation practice.  Guests will not be permitted at graduation practice.  Any student who does not wish to participate in the graduation ceremony must inform Mrs. Mundy (Guidance Office) in writing by May 19, 2017.  During graduation practice each senior is expected to dress appropriately according to the AHS dress code.  Any senior whom we suspect being under the influence or alcohol or drugs will be removed from practice and his/her parents will be notified immediately.  Any student removed from practice for any reason will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.   


7. Senior Breakfast:  Senior breakfast will take place in the cafeteria on May 25th prior to graduation practice.  Donuts/drinks will be served to seniors beginning at 7:15 AM. 


8. Senior Awards:  Senior awards ceremony will take place on May 16th at 7:00 PM in the AHS PAC.  You will be notified by the counselors if you will be receiving an award. 


 9. Graduation Tickets:  Tickets will not be needed for this year’s graduation ceremony.  Due to the large capacity of the Cintas Center arena, seating is plentiful.  Everyone is welcome to attend! 


10. Graduation Arrival:  All graduating seniors should report to the Cintas Center’s West Auxiliary Gym entrance (R-1 parking lot) no later than 3:30 PM to prepare for lineup.  Commencement will begin promptly at 5:00 PM.  Music and slide show will begin at 4:00 PM.  Parents and guests must park in C-2 parking and enter through the south plaza entrance (main entrance). 


11. Valuables:  Graduates should NOT bring valuables, purses, cell phones, keys, etc., to the Auxiliary Gym lineup area.  Please leave valuables with parents/family/friends. 


12. Graduation Exit:  After the ceremony graduates will return to the Auxiliary Gym to pick up diplomas.  Graduates will then exit Cintas Center through the West/Auxiliary exit.  Graduates may then walk around to the front entrance to meet parents in the lobby or plaza areas.  Upon completion of the graduation ceremony, photographs may be taken in the lobby or plaza areas.  Only seniors and participating staff will be permitted on the main Cintas floor and within the auxiliary gym area. 


13. Graduation Dress:  Graduation dress is as follows: 

Ladies:  white dress shoes; dress/skirt; white blouse.  No shorts or dark colored dresses.  No lettering, stickers, or emblems on caps or gowns; no sun glasses 

Gentlemen:  Solid dark shoes and socks, full length dark pants; white shirt with tie 

No lettering, stickers, or emblems on caps or gowns; no sunglasses 


14. Student behavior:  In order to ensure proper behavior of all students and to ensure a professional and formal atmosphere, diplomas will NOT be in the covers distributed during the actual ceremony.  Pending acceptable behavior, students will be permitted to pick-up diplomas immediately after the ceremony in the Cintas Center’s Auxiliary Gym area. 


15. Diplomas:  Any student not participating in the graduation ceremony may pick up his/her diploma beginning June 1, 2017 in the Guidance Office.  To pick up a diploma after this date, a graduate must call to set up an appointment with Mrs. Mundy at 947-7401. 




It’s a Great Day to be an Amelia Baron! 


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