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Attention 2021 Grads!

Posted On: Monday, April 26, 2021


Dear Graduating Senior and Parents:

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation. You have achieved a great milestone in your life, and we will celebrate and commemorate this occasion on Saturday, May 29th at 1 pm. Our goal is to make the time between now and your high school graduation exciting and beneficial to you as you enjoy the last few weeks of high school with your teachers, friends, and fellow members of the Class of 2021.

The ceremony will be held at: First Baptist Church of Woodstock (FBCW) 11905 GA-92 Woodstock, GA 30188

In order to fully prepare for graduation and the events, which lead up to May 29th, we ask that you carefully read both this letter and the Guidelines for Cherokee High School Graduation Practice and Ceremony. In addition, there is a Graduation Participation Form that must be completed. The link to submit this form is the last item located in the Guidelines for Cherokee High School Graduation and Ceremony. This must be completed no later than April 30th . You should be aware that the graduation ceremony is a privilege, not a right. Any senior who fails to abide by the established rules and guidelines will not be allowed to participate and will have his/her diploma mailed.

All seniors, including first semester graduates, are expected to attend the practice session in its entirety. Work schedules must be arranged to permit full attendance. Failure to attend practice will result in loss of participation privileges.

Thank you for your support as we work together to make the commencement of the Class of 2021 an event of honor and dignity for every graduate.

Mr. Rodney Larrotta - Principal



OUTSTANDING OBLIGATIONS: All debts should be cleared by noon on May 19th. If debts are not cleared, you will not be permitted to practice. Debts may include but are not restricted to, any of the following: library fines, lunch fines, book debts, uniforms, parking tickets, lab fees, etc.

Students can check their debts anytime online @ Destiny Library

Online payments will be accepted anytime at Click on Online School Payments, and follow the prompts, be sure to save your receipt.

CAP/GOWN: You must purchase the Cherokee High School cap/gown from 

First semester, an email was sent from Herff Jones asking for height/weight. This email was to secure the gown size not to purchase the gown. If you did not submit an order via this website and provide a method of payment, you most likely did not order a gown. Gowns ordered prior to February 1st were shipped to Cherokee High School. All gowns ordered after February 1st will be mailed to the mailing address given during purchase.

Please call Mrs. Ard’s office if you have any questions. Minimum purchase is the cap/gown to participate in the ceremony.

PRACTICE: For the graduation ceremony, there will be one graduation practice date. This practice date is Friday, May 28th at 11:30 am. The location is First Baptist Church of Woodstock. You will line up at the beginning of practice and we will conduct practice like the ceremony. This practice will be long as it is our only opportunity to conduct practice. To participate in graduation exercises on Saturday, May 29th, graduates must attend this practice session in its entirety. Please arrive on time and do not make appointments or work schedules during this practice time. Information concerning arrival location will be emailed to you prior to the practice date. All school rules apply to graduation practice. Anyone who breaks a county or school rule or creates a distraction during practice will be dismissed and not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. If you do not plan to behave in an appropriate manner, do not plan to march. You must remain in the designated area during practice and leave immediately after practice.

PRACTICE ATTIRE: For all practices, casual but modest dress is acceptable, the school dress code applies. Shoes must always be worn. Halter tops, short-shorts, swimsuits, or inappropriate T-shirts, etc. are not acceptable dress. Students who are not appropriately attired for practice will be sent home. Remember, you must attend practice in its entirety to participate in the actual graduation.

On the day of practice, ladies who plan to wear high heel shoes should plan to practice in those shoes.

GRADUATION ATTIRE: Attire is very important. Only those seniors who are properly attired will be allowed to march in the graduation ceremony.

Ladies should wear · Dresses or dark dress pants · Black, beige, white dress shoes or sandals with a strap around the heel (no flip flops)

Gentlemen should wear · White dress shirts with collar and dark ties · Dark dress slacks (no khakis or jeans) · Dark dress shoes, with socks, no sneakers or flip flops.

You must wear a mask during practice and the ceremony while in the lineup.

GRADUATION TICKETS: Each graduate receives six tickets for guests. We will communicate via email about the distribution of tickets when we have additional information.

PARKING: Specifics concerning graduation parking and location of lineup will be sent via an email in May.

GRADUATION PARTICIPATION FORM: Now that you have read through all the guidelines and expectations, please click the link below to submit the Graduation Participation Form. This must be completed no later than April 30th .


Graduation Participation Form

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