Commencement Ceremonies

for the Class of 2020

Saturday, May 23

9:00am @ Thomas & Mack Center


(additional details will be posted as information is received)

Caps and Gowns

Caps and Gowns should have already been ordered. Graduating Seniors can place their cap & gown orders via the Jostens website, The cost is $90. Caps & gowns will be distributed in the gym on the morning of May 15th preceding the Grad Walk. Senior checkout cards must be completed and ALL fees, fines and other debts must be paid in order to receive the gowns.


There will be a second check out on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00am for any graduate who did not check out on the 15th.

Tickets & Parking


Admission to the Commencement Ceremony is by TICKET ONLY. Each senior will receive six (6) tickets with their Cap and Gown. An additional 10 tickets can be requested by filling out the Extra Ticket Order Form.  Forms will be distributed during the Senior meeting on April 5th and must be turned in to the Activities Office by Friday, May 3rd. No student may receive more that 16 tickets.


Tickets will be distributed following the mandatory rehearsal on May 23rd.  There is no charge for tickets.  No student will receive more than 16 tickets.  There is a limited number of extra tickets and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. The Thomas & Mack Center will be streaming the ceremony over the internet for those unable to attend.


There is no charge for parking at the Thomas & Mack Center. Please refer to the provided MAP for parking directions.

Wheelchair/handicapped seating will be available. Only one escort may accompany a spectator requiring special seating. Please see an usher or security guard for direction to handicapped seating.

Graduation Rehearsal (MANDATORY!)

There will be a MANDATORY rehearsal for ALL graduating Seniors on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00am in the main gym. Seniors need to report to the gym at that time (preferably by 6:45am) and the school dress dress code will remain in effect.


Students who do not participate in the rehearsal will not be permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Dress Code for Graduates

The following dress code will be strictly enforced and students will be checked. Students in violation of the dress code will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Girls - Dress, dress slacks, skirt and blouse and dress shoes only.  No flip flops or tennis shoes.

Boys - Dress pants, dress shirt with collar (ties are preferred), and dress shoes only. No flip flops or tennis shoes.

No shorts, jeans, flip flops or gym/tennis shoes of any kind for boys or girls. Do not bring purses, handbags or backpacks to the ceremony. It is not appropriate to carry a handbag during the ceremony and there is no storage back stage. Please leave any such items with your family.

Graduation Report Time

Seniors will need to report to The Thomas & Mack Center between 8:15am and 8:30am on Tuesday, May 28th. Graduates should be carrying their gowns. Graduates only will enter the facility through the Cox Pavillion tunnel (refer to map here).

All spectators should plan to arrive by 8:15am and leave promptly following the ceremony. Spectators will enter the Thomas & Mack Center through the main entrance.


During the ceremony, students will receive a diploma cover from a school board member. The actual diploma will be distributed immediately following the ceremony in the Thomas & Mack tunnel before exiting.

Ceremony Behavior

Students who do not exhibit appropriate behavior before and during the ceremony will be immediately removed from the graduation ceremony by school or security personnel.

Inappropriate behavior would include, but is not limited to, drug and/or alcohol abuse, inappropriate language, inappropriate stage behavior, possession of and/or use of nuisance items and violation of dress code. Because the throwing of caps presents a serious safety hazard, it WILL NOT be permitted.


The diploma of any student removed from the ceremony will be withheld pending a meeting with the school principal.

In the interest of a memorable, dignified occasion for both participants and spectators, we request the following socially acceptable commencement ceremony etiquette: listen politely and attentively to speakers. Cheering and other noises make it difficult to hear graduates' names as they are read. Please refrain from catcalls, whistles and other verbal noises.

Air horns, noisemakers, beach balls and other nuisance items are not appropriate and are prohibited. Spectators in violation of these rules will be removed from the audience by school and/or arena personnel and escorted out of the arena.

Personal Technology

Cameras, cell phones, iPads and other electronic devices are not permitted on the stage or on the main floor at the Thomas & Mack Center. Graduates should leave these items with their families/guests. Graduates found using these items on the arena floor are subject to removal from the ceremony.

Video cameras, as well as other types of cameras, are permitted in the regular seating (audience) area; however, no power sources for charging will be available.

Interpreting Services

The Thomas & Mack Center will provide closed captioning services for guests of graduating Seniors who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students that need interpreting services for the commencement ceremony should contact the Basic Academy Activities Office at 702-799-8000 ext. 4204. Such requests should be made as early as possible prior to the ceremony.

Graduation Pictures & DVD

GradImages will be photographing all graduates at the commencement ceremony. Each graduate will be photographed before they go on stage and as they recevie their diploma. Proofs of the pictures will be mailed to each student with the option of purchasing prints.


Students can pre-register by visiting the Grad Images website at and click on "Pre-Event Email Registration". Enter your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos.

By submitting your information early, you can rest assured that photo samples will be quickly and conveniently provided to you and all other registered as soon as they are available after the event. After graduation, you may order online at or call (800)261-2576.

The Thomas & Mack will film the entire ceremony. Go to to order the DVD.

Live streaming of the ceremony is also available for your loved ones who cannot attend at

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