Dress Code—The guys should wear dress pants and a nice, button-up shirt. Ties are optional, but be aware that if you do wear a tie, the top few inches will show above your robe. The ladies may wear dresses, skirts, or nice dress pants and a nice top. All shoes should be dress shoes. NO flip flops or tennis shoes. DO NOT decorate your cap and gown in any way! Violation of dress code can result in removal from graduation ceremony.
*You will be walking on a cement floor, which is somewhat slippery; wear stilettos at your own risk.
What to bring—NOTHING!! Bring your car key and nothing else—no phone, camera, etc… There is no place to put these items and no real way to keep track of them during the ceremony. You WILL be entering the arena through metal detectors!! All items other than car keys will be confiscated.
5:30 pm—Students arrive at the arena. Make sure you leave yourself PLENTY of time to drive safely; traffic around the arena is very busy on graduation day. You will be directed where to park. Put your cap on the dashboard of your car; it serves as your parking pass to get in. Once you are parked, go ahead and take the cap into the arena with you.
6:00 pm—Students should be in their seats. Make sure you allow enough time for this. You have to park, walk to the arena, and make your way down the sidewalk that is on the left of the arena that leads down to the floor/seating area.
6:30 pm—Parents and guests should follow the directions of parking attendants to make parking go as smoothly as possible. Please see the map attached to this email as well! The doors of the arena will open for guests at 6:30; the Graduation ceremony starts at 7:30. Guest seating is first come, first served. It may help to know WHERE your graduate is sitting when you select your seats in the arena. Honor graduates are seated in alphabetical order in the first several rows in front of the stage. The rest of the graduates are seated in alphabetical order behind them. All guests over the age of two will need tickets to be admitted. Guests in wheelchairs will be seated at the top of the arena. The pattern of that top row is that there is one wheelchair space and then one guest seat; then there is one wheelchair space and one guest seat, etc… Therefore, guests in wheelchairs may have one family member sit with them. The rest of the family will have to be seated in the main part of the arena; however, if they choose to sit in the top rows near the wheelchair seating, families can be together.
7:30 pm—The graduation ceremony will begin. Our ceremony is traditionally between an hour and a half and two hours long, so we probably won’t leave the arena until around 9:30 pm. When we leave at 9:30 pm, the Infinite Energy staff will be setting up for the next day's graduation ceremonies, so please exit the area quickly; make plans to take your family and friend pictures elsewhere either before or after the ceremony.
Diplomas—During the ceremony, our students are given their diplomas. Students should take a quick glance and make sure they have received the correct diploma.
Pictures—Nobody is allowed on the floor of the arena to take up-close pictures of the seniors as they graduate because it blocks the aisles and prevents others from being able to see. There is a professional photographer from Cady Studios who captures these moments for you. Proofs are sent out by the end of June, and families can order pictures. Their website is found at: https://graduation.cadystudios.com/Login/
Senior Class Events
Graduation Practice will take place Friday, May 24th in the Commons from 12pm to 3pm. You MUST attend practice if you plan to walk at graduation.
Graduation Parking Map
Please click on the link below to view the parking map.
Graduates will enter the Arena from the back. Students should arrive at 5:30 in the parking lot and be seated in the Arena by 6 pm.
Families and guests will enter from the front. Doors open for guests at 6:30 pm. The Graduation Ceremony starts at 7:30 pm.
SENIOR WALK North Gwinnett Cluster
All four of our feeder Elementary schools will be hosting a Senior Walk on Tuesday, May 21st.
More information about each school's plans are included in the attached link.
If you are interested in going back in time, walking your old halls, and adding to your Senior celebrations a walk with our littlest Bulldogs, then please fill out the information in the link so they can plan for your participation.
These events are by invitation only. Invitations come from the Counseling Office in May. Contact Counseling Office if you have questions.
Friday, May 17th --Academic Honors Program Awards (for mostly underclassmen) 7:30- 9:00 AM in the NGHS Theatre
Saturday, May 18th--Servant Leadership Breakfast 9:30-11:00 AM in the Commons Area.
Monday, May 20th--Senior Honors Night 6:30-8:30 PM at Cross Pointe Church
For additional information about community service and how many hours are needed to receive invitations to events, see the 'Community Service' section on the Counseling Office Website. Email Kristin Gresham if you have further questions.
Community Service Logs
Community Service Logs are due to Ms. Roland in the Counseling Office on
FridayApril 12th. The log is available in eClass. For additional information about community service and how many hours are needed to receive invitations to events, see Community Service Information. See Ms. Roland in the counseling office for more details.
Colleges require students to submit a copy of their final transcript form at the end of their senior year.
Students need to stop by the counseling office in April or May to fill out their transcript request. Final transcripts can be picked up at the front desk over the summer starting June 3rd. See Ms. Roland in the counseling office for more details.
Graduation will be at the Infinite Energy Arena (formerly known as the Gwinnett Arena) on May 25th at 7:30. The ceremony will last around two hours.
Students should plan to be in the parking lot of the Arena by 5:30 PM. Students should be in their seats by 6 PM.
**Students can’t wear any awards at ceremony other than those given by NGHS or Maxwell.
Our ceremony is at a sports arena. Handicapped seating is around the top of the arena. ONE guest can sit with the handicapped person, and the rest of the party can sit in the rows immediately below so that groups are still together. Please see Dana Prewitt or Brad Siegfried if you need more details.
Graduation practice will be in the NGHS Commons Area. Students MUST participate in practice in order to be able to participate in the ceremony.
Graduation Practice is MAY 24th from 12 PM until 3 PM.
If there is some reason you cannot attend practice (make-up AP exam, serious family emergency), you must let Mr. Siegfried know as soon as possible otherwise; we will not hold a seat for you, and you will not be able to participate in the ceremony! Contact Brad Siegfried if you have further questions.
Each family receives 10 tickets for graduation. The graduates themselves do not need a ticket. Babies and very young toddlers who will be sitting in somebody's lap do not need tickets.
ALLother guests must have a ticket to enter the arena. Graduates do not receive their tickets until graduation practice, which is usually the day before graduation in the NGHS Commons Area. This is to ensure that everyone who received tickets has actually met all of the graduation requirements and that they will be participating in the ceremony.
At the end of graduation practice, we allow students to stand in line to receive extra tickets if they need them. Students receive one ticket and then go to the back of the line if they need another. They can repeat the process until tickets run out; the entire process takes about 10 minutes. We cannot guarantee the number of tickets that students can receive from this process; it depends on how many students need extras. If you require further information email
Senior Events *Breakfast * Luncheon * Dress-up days
- Monday, May 13th --Vine/Meme Day
- Tuesday, May 14th - Kindergarten Day Senior Breakfast before school in the Commons! Starts at 6:30 and will go 'til 7 am.
- Wednesday, May 15th- Decade Day
- Thursday, May 16th- Tacky Thursday
- Friday, May 17th -Dress Your Best/ Future Career Day(Academic Awards ceremony is in the morning; this event is by invitation only.)
- Tuesday, May 21st --Senior Letter Luncheon 11:45-1:00. College/Military T-Shirt Day.
**Please note that the breakfast and luncheon are for seniors only and not for families.
Senior Letters and Luncheon
This is our most important activity other than graduation!! Senior Letters are positive letters written to seniors. The deadline for turning them in is May 17th. They are delivered to seniors at the Senior Letter Luncheon on May 21st. INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADDRESSING ENVELOPES and the PO BOX NUMBER can be found in the link below:
Class Ring: If you did not order a class ring when you were a junior but decide that you want one, you can still purchase one from Balfour.
Graduation Announcements: Graduation Announcements are cards to send to friends and family ANNOUNCING that you are graduating from high school. (This is NOT the same as an INVITATION to graduation. Guests enter the graduation arena with TICKETS that are given to the students at graduation practice at the end of the year.) Announcements can be ordered anytime from October to February and are delivered to the school in April just in time to send out for graduation.
Balfour Products & Services for the Class of 2019
Seniors, you can go directly to Shop Balfour for your graduation packages and order right now!
Here is a direct link to Balfour's Calendar and Contact Information. If you have questions about whether or not you ordered Balfour products, please contact them directly rather than calling NGHS. We do not keep Balfour records on campus.
Balfour is the company that provides NGHS with all of its graduation product needs: diplomas, diploma covers, caps, gowns, tassels, and graduation announcements.
A student's cap, gown, tassel, diploma, and diploma cover are all paid for with money from his/her Senior Dues. Graduation Announcements and associated products (name cards, thank you cards, address labels, etc...) are a separate fee.
Caps and Gowns: You order caps and gowns when you pay for your senior dues. As you are paying and filling out information, you are asked for a student's height and weight; that is all we need to know to order caps and gowns. Senior dues are $150. Caps and gowns will be delivered to students during their lunches at the end of April or beginning of May. The date will be announced here when it becomes official.
Graduation Announcements are beautiful cards that resemble wedding invitations in their look and quality. Our announcements this year will be printed and embossed in foil on high quality, textured white paper. (See the picture above.) The announcements come with an inner envelope, an outer envelope, tissue paper, and name cards. Graduates send these cards to their friends and families to announce that they are graduating from high school. An announcement is NOT the same as a ticket to graduation. You may order as many announcements as you would like. You may pay in full when you order or put down a deposit and create a payment plan; however, you will not receive the announcements in the spring until you have paid for them in full. Pay attention to cut off dates. Our announcements are gorgeous, and some parents make the mistake of deciding they want them after it is already too late!! Here is the timeline for ordering announcements:
October 10--Seniors will attend a meeting with Balfour while the rest of the school takes the PSAT. At this time, they are given a huge packet of information about ordering graduation announcements and other products. The seniors NEED to take these packets home to their families to begin deciding what they will order. At this time, you may begin your purchases online at www.gabalfour.com, via telephone at 770-614-9353, or in person at Balfour's Suwanee office, which is located at 2955 Horizon Park Drive, Suite D, Suwanee, GA 30024 (near the Movie Tavern). Your orders will be shipped to school and delivered to students after Spring Break.
October 16 and 17 --Balfour will be on campus during lunches to accept orders from students. You may still order online at www.gabalfour.com, via telephone at 770-614-9353, or in person at Balfour's Suwanee office, which is located at 2955 Horizon Park Drive, Suite D, Suwanee, GA 30024 (near the Movie Tavern). Your orders will be shipped to school and delivered to students after Spring Break.
November 29--Balfour will be in the cafeteria during all three lunches to take orders for class rings, letter jackets, and graduation announcements.
January--Balfour will be on campus one last day on January 22 to take orders during lunch. You may still order online at www.gabalfour.com, via telephone at 770-614-9353, or in person at Balfour's Suwanee office, which is located at 2955 Horizon Park Drive, Suite D, Suwanee, GA 30024 (near the Movie Tavern). Your orders will be shipped to school and delivered to students after Spring Break.
February--You may order announcements with NO PENALTY through February 15th; these will be shipped to school and delivered to students after Spring Break. You may order online at www.gabalfour.com, via telephone at 770-614-9353, or in person at Balfour's Suwanee office, which is located at 2955 Horizon Park Drive, Suite D, Suwanee, GA 30024 (near the Movie Tavern).
LATE ORDERS: Between February 16th and March 22nd, you may still order announcements; however, a late fee will be charged because these will be shipped directly to your homes. These orders must be placed online at www.gabalfour.com; no other ordering options are available for these late orders.
April --Announcements will be delivered to students at school on April TBD. This is when some parents realize that they FORGOT to order them. At that point, you really just have to order something from Snapfish or Kinkos or someplace like that.
Graduation Announcement Delivery: April TBD
Junior Dues: Junior dues pay for prom, so if you did not pay these dues during your junior year, and you wish to attend your senior prom, you must see Mr. Stewart in the Media Center to pay for this.
Senior Dues: Senior dues are $150. When you pay for your senior dues in the fall, you will be asked your height, weight, and T-shirt size; Balfour uses these measurements to determine the size of your cap and gown (height should be your height in BARE feet, not your height in high heels). Senior dues pay for your cap, gown, diploma cover, senior breakfast, senior luncheon, senior ice cream and yearbook social, senior t-shirts, your part in renting the Gwinnett Arena for the graduation ceremony, and other various odds and ends. Senior dues are required. Please note that senior dues are NON-refundable since items listed above are ordered for every senior regardless of whether he/she participates in every event. Students who do not graduate on time still need their caps and gowns to graduate at the end of summer school. The deadline to pay Senior Dues is February 8th. This provides us adequate time to order and receive each student's cap and gown in preparation for graduation.
College Test and Entrance Fees
SAT/ACT: Both of these college entrance tests have fees attached to them. See their respective websites for details. Fees are less expensive if paid by the earliest deadlines, so plan ahead to save money. See http://www.collegeboard.com for information about the SAT and http://www.actstudent.org for information about the ACT.
Transcripts: Some Georgia colleges will accept an electronic version of your transcript that can be sent through your GAfutures account. Other schools require a sealed transcript requested from the school’s Counseling Office. Some scholarship applications also require a copy of your transcript. The fee for each transcript is $5.00, and they must be ordered 48 hours in advance. The final transcript to send to your college in June is free.
Application Fees: Colleges charge a fee to process your application and decide whether to accept you or not. This means you want to limit the number of colleges to which you apply, so do some careful research while you have time over the summer. The fee for each college varies, so see their individual websites for specific information.
College Deposits/Down payments: In the spring, colleges will ask you for some kind of deposit or down payment to secure your spot at that school. You only pay this to the college you are actually going to attend. Failure to pay your deposit means that your spot will be given to somebody on that college’s waitlist.
List of Senior Expenses Explanation
In the next sections, you will find a list of some expenses that you will have as a senior next year and a list of things that you will need to accomplish before graduation. Some of these are mandatory and some are optional. It’s a good idea to keep these expenses in mind when you are deciding how best to spend or save your summer paychecks. Please note that prices are approximate and that they change from year to year; the vendors who change the prices do not always inform me, so these numbers (when listed at all) may not be 100% accurate.
Graduation Pictures and DVD
Graduation Pictures: Cady Studios attends graduation and snaps a picture of you right after you receive your diploma. Information will be sent to families in the spring about how to order these pictures. We hire the company to take these pictures because friends and family are NOT permitted on the floor of the arena to get these close-ups.
Graduation DVD: We hire a company, Memory Maker, to create a DVD of graduation. It is available through pre-sales and will be sent to you several weeks after the ceremony. Approx. $25.
Memory Maker Order Form- Click Below!
If you have any questions, please call MemoryMaker directly at 770-654-2219
SENIORS - If you believe that you have PERFECT ATTENDANCE for the past 4 years and wish to be recognized at Senior Honors Night, you must stop by to see Ms. Gresham in the Counseling Office or Ms. Baraban at the Attendance Desk no later than Friday, April 26th. We will take your name and verify your attendance history to see if you qualify for this award.
SENIORS - If you have been awarded an outside scholarship from a college or other organization or have earned any special awards (such as Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award), we would like to recognize your accomplishment in a special way. Please bring a copy of your award letter to Ms. Blackwell in the Counseling Office by no later than Friday, April 26th so that we can include your information!
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Things to DO during senior year
- Fill out a Senior Profile form (in eClass). Teachers and coaches have access to this form after you submit it. It is a GREAT help when we are trying to write college and scholarship recommendations for students.
- Fill out college applications and write any required essays.
- Fill out scholarship applications and write any required essays.
- Keep your GaFutures account updated.
- Fill out the FAFSA financial aid form and all forms related to the HOPE scholarship.
- Fill out a Senior Profile form (in eClass). Teachers and coaches have access to this form after you submit it. It is a GREAT help when we are trying to write college and scholarship recommendations for students.
Yearbook and Senior Portraits Information
Email Colleen Longe about yearbooks, senior portraits, or senior ads. Mrs. Prewitt DOES NOT have additional yearbook information.
Did you know? The yearbook is printed 16-32 pages at a time throughout the course of the school year. The pages are stored in a warehouse until the entire book is complete, and then they are sewn into the cover and shipped to NGHS.
Pages with senior portraits, grades 9-11 portraits, and senior ads are printed in the fall. This is because activities that appear on the other pages (sports, clubs, visual and performing arts, etc.) This is why you MUST meet the senior photo session and senior ad deadlines listed below. Why can't you order a senior ad in December or during the second semester? It's because that section has already been printed!
Senior Pictures are currently being taken at Cady Studios. Cady Studios is our official photographer, so senior yearbook photos MUST be taken with them in order to appear in the yearbook. Pictures must be taken by September 13 to appear in the yearbook. This is a firm deadline, so please make your appointments asap. Visit northgwinnett.com and click the link to Cady Studios or visit www.cadystudios.com to book an appointment online.
Yearbook Ads- Senior parents always have the opportunity to create a personalized yearbook ad for their graduate. This year the deadline for creating and paying for the ad is October 31. There are full-page, 1/2 page and 1/4 page options. Please see the attached flyer for information about pricing and ad creation. The ad creation website is www.yearbookordercenter.com and the necessary school code is 1684.
AGAIN- Important DEADLINES:
Senior Pictures - September 13 Senior Ads- October 31
You can make appointments online at www.cadystudios.com. You can direct any customer service questions to 800.547.6237.
1. The best time to order yearbooks is at the beginning of the school year since prices go up a little at a time throughout the year.
2. Deadline for ordering a yearbook is Jan. 30.
3. There is a date early second semester when the yearbook sponsors must tell the publishing company how many yearbooks to print. You CANNOT order yearbooks after this time, so do pay attention to this deadline.
*Over the years, we have had many parents forget to order yearbooks. Since we don't order many extras, there is sometimes a shortage at the end of the year. Parents have even tried to call the publishing company and have them print a book for their student. We have worked with several publishing companies over the years and have NEVER found one that will actually print that extra yearbook. Don't miss the deadline!