Contributed by Ken McLemore, Communication Director, Hope Public Schools
Commencement ceremonies for the 134 prospective graduates of the Hope High School Class of 2019 will be conducted May 10 at Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas-Hope campus.
Ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. in the main auditorium.
Chris Smith, dean of student services at UAHT, will deliver the charge to the senior class during the commencement ceremonies.
Practice for commencement will be at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 9. Graduating seniors are to meet in the Hope High School auditorium before making an appearance at other campuses, senior sponsor Terri Hoglund said. Practice for the ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Hempstead Hall, Hoglund said.
Candidates for graduation are expected to arrive for line-up backstage in the auditorium at Hempstead Hall by 5:30 p.m. on May 10, according to Hoglund.
Graduating seniors are to be dressed in caps and gowns, with cap tassels draped over the right temple until after receiving diplomas. Tassels are to be moved to the left side after returning to seating during the ceremony.
Hoglund reminds students and parents that cell phones will not be allowed on stage, and no-one will be allowed on stage to take photographs during commencement ceremonies.
Girls should wear black dress shoes, an appropriate dress beneath the robe, or follow guidelines for boys. Tiny hoop or stud earrings, watch and rings may be worn by girls.
Boys should wear black dress shoes with dark socks, dark trousers, and a white dress shirt with a dark-colored conservative necktie.
Robes should fit to hang 11 inches above floor level with shoes.
Boys will remove caps during the National Anthem, but girls will remain covered.
Concurrent credit program students in the graduating class will be recognized during the ceremonies, according to HHS Principal Bill Hoglund.
Diplomas will be retained until after the ceremony and will be available if all fines and other obligations are resolved prior to commencement.