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2024 Seniors

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY GUIDELINES

 

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The 2024 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 

Location:        Fort Worth Convention Center

                            1201 Houston Street

                            Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Time:              7:00 P.M. (Doors open at 6:00 P.M.)

All 2024 graduates must meet at Everman Joe C. Bean High School in the auditorium by 4:30 P.M. on graduation day.

Graduates are required to ride school-provided transportation to the graduation site. 
 

Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal Dates, Times, and Locations: Will be posted soon.

Dress Code:

Female Graduates                                
• Black or white dress
• Black or white pants or skirt with black or white top
• Black dress shoes, black sandals, or black boots

Male Graduates
• Black or white shirt
• Black pants
• Black or white necktie or bowtie
• Black dress shoes or black boots


All graduates are required to wear district-approved graduation regalia purchased from Jostens:

• Black graduation gown
• Black graduation cap
• Purple and gold tassel (to be worn on the right side of the cap before the ceremony)
• White graduation stole
 
• Sunglasses are prohibited and will NOT be allowed at any time throughout the graduation ceremony.
• Graduation gowns must remain zipped up throughout the graduation ceremony.
• Mr. Ervin or Mr. Pugh must approve any attire that does not meet the requirements above.

Graduation Cap Decorating Etiquette and Decorating:

Graduates who fail to follow the guidelines outlined below will be provided a replacement cap to be worn during the commencement ceremony. The building principal must approve all graduation cap decorations/designs. Principal approval will be determined on a case-by-case basis. (See guidelines and examples provided.)

We highly recommend that you trace your cap onto cardboard and decorate the cardboard. If you make a mistake, you can start over with a new piece of cardboard. We will NOT provide a new cap to you if you mess yours up while decorating. After you decorate the cardboard, attach it to your cap with Velcro tape or Velcro stickers, which can be purchased at any fabric store, Target, Walmart, CVS, or Walgreens.

Remember, the administration will reserve the right to disallow anything that is not considered appropriate for the commencement ceremony.
 
• No offensive language, sayings, nicknames, pictures, or lyrics
• No objects such as signs, stuffed animals, bells, or any 3D object may rest on the cap.
• ALL decorations MUST LAY FLAT on the cap. Nothing can lay perpendicular, allowing the decoration to
be seen beyond eye level.
• Your cap CANNOT make noise. No bells, horns, or anything that makes noise.

The following are appropriate for decorating your graduation cap:

• Messages thanking a parent, grandparent, or teacher
• Photo or something that indicates the university you will be attending or your intended area of study
• A motivational quote

Examples of how to decorate your cap:

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Examples of decorations that will NOT be approved:

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Parking - FWCC Parking Garages  
 

  • Parking is available on a “first-come, first-serve” basis in the FWCC parking garages, located at 1301 Commerce Street and 1100 Houston Street.
  • The parking fee in the garages is currently $18.00 per vehicle, subject to change.
  • Both garages will accept cash or credit cards.
  • There are no reserved parking spaces.


Convention Center Regulations

  • Balloons: Helium-filled balloons are NOT permitted in any part of the FWCC, either for display, decoration, giveaway, or sale. Only air-filled balloons may be used. Schools are responsible for communicating this regulation with students, families, etc. Ushers will assist in enforcing this policy. Helium-filled balloon retrieval by FWCC will result in the Licensee being charged $100 per balloon.
  • Signage: FWCC staff will post general directional signage along concourse/lobby areas and throughout the Arena. School representatives, photographers, and other outside representatives are prohibited from taping/posting any signage along concourse/lobby doors/walls/windows.
  • Guest Seating: Please note that there will be NO EARLY admission to the Arena until schools are ready for inner concourse doors to be unlocked and opened. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Noisemakers: Noisemakers, air horns, etc., are not permitted in any part of the FWCC.
  • Silly String/Confetti: Silly string/confetti is not permitted at the FWCC. Schools are responsible for communicating this to respective students, families, etc. Use of these items will result in additional clean-up charges.
  • Concessions: Trinity Food and Beverage Services, Inc. will sell bottled water before each scheduled graduation ceremony, with sales ceasing 20 minutes into each ceremony. No other vendors are allowed to sell food, candy, or drink items on FWCC property.


Entrances & Exits

  • Commerce Street Arena Lobby: Entrance for graduates and faculty only. This entrance is located on the east side of the arena facility.
  • Houston Street Arena Lobby: After graduation, all graduates will leave the Arena and/or Exhibit Halls E and F and enter the Houston Street Arena lobby. This lobby is located on the west side of the Arena facility.
  • Graduates can direct their guests to meet them here after the ceremony.
  • 9th Street Arena Lobby: Primary entrance for guests.

 

Please feel free to download this flyer to your device for easy access either on or before graduation day.