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Graduation 2023

Why should I dress in formal attire?

Graduation is a celebration for the entire class, not the individual. The formal attire worn by a graduate is the most iconic graduation tradition. The robes and caps are inseparably tied to the event. The idea of graduates wearing academic robes dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Oxford and Cambridge were the first recorded schools to standardize the long gowns to represent unity during graduation. The square cap symbolizes the square shape of the quad on Oxford's campus.

In an effort to formalize Central High School's graduation ceremony, students and faculty are asked to unify in formal dress so the graduate, not the attire, is the focus of the event.

Formal clothing will be provided to students with limited resources. See Ms. Jones or Ms. Haas for assistance.

Graduation Announcements

Graduation Announcement Orders

Graduation Information


  • Tuesday, May 21, 2024
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • University of West Georgia Coliseum

Graduation Practice:

  • Thursday, May 16, 2024 MANDATORY FOR GRADUATES
  • 10:00 a.m. - noon, student provided transportation
  • UWG Coliseum

Senior Walk-Throughs in school clothing and cap and gown

  • CES, RES, WES at time TBA & Central Middle School at time TBA, student provided transportation
  • Date TBA

Baccalaureate: (optional event)

  • 7:00 p.m. at Roopville Road Baptist Church
  • Monday, May 13, 2024 
  • Formal attire, cap and gown, regalia


Cap and Gown delivery Tuesday, April 16, front atrium.

Senior class photo on the football field in formal graduation attire:

  • Friday, April 26
  • 8:45 a.m. on the football field
  • Wear school clothing with cap and gown leave tassel and regalia at home.

Ticket Details

  • Early May distribution
  • Everyone, including a baby in arms, must have a ticket per Fire Marshall safety regulations
  • Students will be issued 12 tickets. Additional tickets will be available at Will-Call the day of graduation beginning one hour prior to the ceremony.



Important Senior Documents (mailed home)

  • Students may only wear approved honor regalia during the graduation ceremony. Awards given to students from outside groups such as military recruiters, churches, and/or national organizations will be asked to remove the item for the ceremony.

  • Check What I Need to Wear and How to Care document for approved regalia.

What to wear and how to care (mailed home)

One Time Senior Fee: What to pay and when to pay.

Fees cover: Cap, gown, tassel, diploma, diploma cover, program, alumni tee (if paid by December 14) and ceremony expenses.

ONE-TIME Senior Fee for Graduation 2024 (Fee increases after Dec. 14)

First Semester, August 4 - December 14, 2023

$150 Cash or Check, no credit cards


Second Semester, January 3 - February 16, 2024

$200 Cash ONLY, no cards, no checks


Fees paid after February 16: No guarantee of custom gown.

What to wear with your gown for the graduation ceremony.

Boys Attire

Boys wear black dress pants with black belt, black socks and black dress shoes. No boots or tennis shoes please. Wear a white button-down or collared shirt with a plain or small print bow or necktie.

Girls Attire

Girls wear a black or dark colored dress or black dress slacks with a white blouse. Dresses should be shorter than the gown, generally at knee length or a little higher. Shoes should be black and may be open toe or open heel, but should not be both. Please wear shoes, not sandals. A shoe is more formal than a summer sandal. Dark dresses are preferred as light colors may shine through your photos in the ceremony. 

Graduation is a formal ceremony for the entire class. Please be respectful of the clothing request for the event.

Graduation Note:  Students wearing blue jeans, tee shirts, or inappropriate shoes will not be allowed to walk during the graduation ceremony. Graduation gowns must be fully zipped up during the entire ceremony.

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