Congratulations Class of 2021!
We are looking forward to commemorating and celebrating the success of our graduating seniors this week at the Florence Center.
The schedule for graduations is as follows:
West Florence High School - Friday, June 11th at 10:00 am (Doors open at 8:30 am)
Wilson High School - Friday June 11th at 4:00 pm (Door open at 2:30 pm)
South Florence High School - Saturday, June 12th at 10:00 am (Doors open at 8:30 am)
All guests, with the exception of children under the age of three sitting in a parent’s lap, must have a ticket for entry to the ceremony.
- Doors to the Florence Center will open at 8:30 AM the day of graduation for West Florence and South Florence.
- Doors will open at 2:30 PM for Wilson on June 11th.
- Seating is general admission, however, you will need a ticket to be seated. Guests may park in either the East or West parking lot of the Florence Center.
- Please refrain from parking in neighboring business parking lots.
- Upon entering the Florence Center, guests will enter through designated doors and participate in a pre-screening process. Please note that balloons, banners, noise makers, flags, flowers, or posters will NOT be allowed into the facility.
- Concessions will not be available during the ceremony due to safety protocols. Guests are asked to remain seated during the ceremony. Late arrivals to the ceremony will not be permitted to enter the arena until the graduation processional is complete. Guests are not allowed onto the arena floor before or after the ceremony.
We will be live streaming the ceremony on Youtube and Facebook Live for guests to view anywhere.
West and South Graduates should arrive at 8:30 am. Wilson graduates should arrive at 2:30pm. Graduates who ride with their families will park in the East Parking Lot (see the attached map). The graduate should exit the vehicles once the car has been safely parked and report to Door 7 to enter the ballroom to line up for graduation.
All eyes and cameras will be on you, the graduates.
- Male graduates will remove caps for the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, and Alma Mater. After the Pledge, graduates will be instructed to be seated. Guests in the parking lot should remain in their vehicle for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.
- Graduates should remain dignified at all times. Please refrain from engaging in conversations with anyone during the ceremony. Please display Bruin Pride. There will be ample time after leaving the Florence Center to celebrate.
- Student cell phones, purses, and personal belongings should be left in cars or with family so as to not distract attention from the ceremony.
- Gum, candy, food, drinks are not allowed .
- Noise makers, beach balls, balloons, banners, and all other items that could be disruptive to the ceremony are not allowed.
Dressing for Graduation
All graduates must adhere to the following guidelines:
All Seniors will wear caps and gowns to graduation. Hairstyles must permit the cap to be worn appropriately.
- Caps must be worn so that they sit level, rather than on the back or to the side of the head. Caps should also be secured in place with bobby pins, if necessary. Each graduate is expected to bring bobby pins if the cap does not fit securely in place. Caps may not be decorated.
- Graduates may not pin anything or write anything on caps and gowns. Graduates may not wear jewelry that hangs on the outside of the robe. Only district -approved, school-issued, honor cords and stoles will be permitted.
- Female Attire:
Graduates wear white or pastel dresses, with hemlines shorter than the robe. Wear comfortable, white, acrylic, or ivory/cream colored shoes. Secure the white collar to the robe using needle and thread or safety pins since the Velcro tabs provided with the gown usually do not work. Since graduation will take place outside on gravel, be sure the shoes you choose are comfortable to walk in and will not present an issue on the gravel. Females are encouraged not to wear heels.
- Male Attire:
Graduates wear dress pants, white or pastel dress shirts, ties, dress shoes and sock
Influencing Audience Behavior
Please instruct your guest that their cooperation in maintaining a dignified ceremony is expected. Because every graduate deserves to hear his/her graduate's name called, please urge your guests to refrain from whistling, yelling, screaming, or applauding for any one student or groups of students. Inappropriate behavior by students or guests will not be tolerated at the graduation ceremonies. Disruptive students or guests may result in them being escorted to leave the Florence Center and not allowed to return. We ask that the audience hold applause, cheers, and shout-outs until the end of the ceremony. Guests and parents may only videotape and photograph the ceremony from their vehicles.